Biden Announces Executive Order to Secure Border Ahead of Election

( – The 2024 presidential election is only five months away, and now President Joe Biden is making another last-resort effort to repair his public image regarding the southern border crisis by announcing a new executive order to stop illegal aliens from seeking asylum in the U.S.

On Tuesday, June 4th, the White House announced that immigrants who cross into the U.S. illegally too many times without first seeking asylum would be ineligible for asylum afterward. In that announcement, the Biden administration also blamed GOP members of Congress for failing to pass legislation to secure the border even though the administration presided over the situation when the record number of border-crossers spiked.

The executive order specifically bars any immigrants from asylum eligibility if they have a record of numerous encounters at the border, which would “make it easier” for immigration officers to boot immigrants who are not in the country on “a lawful basis,” reducing the burden on U.S. Border Patrol agents. What level of illegal crossings would be necessary to enable restrictions to be put into effect wasn’t specified in the White House announcement. Some reports claim around 2,500 a day would trigger the executive order. When the number drops below 1,500 daily encounters, the restrictions would be lifted.

The White House blames Republicans for their refusal to pass a border security bill that did not meet their demands and tied those funds into foreign aid packages to Israel, Ukraine, and other nations, which were later passed separately. President Joe Biden also blames former President Donald Trump and accuses him of using the issue to boost his campaign.

Trump’s presidential campaign criticized the recent executive order announcement, calling it a “mass amnesty” plan, arguing that allowing 2,500 people to cross the southern border illegally every day doesn’t address the root problems. That limit also does not apply to the northern border, which has also seen record numbers of encounters under the Biden administration.

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