World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 24 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

Biden administration prepares to escalate deportations of families detained at the border

Biden administration prepares to escalate deportations of families detained at the border
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that there had been a delay in deportations in recent weeks since it “takes a minute to ensure there is proper transportation and steps in place to do that.”

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data leaked to Axios indicates the Biden administration utilized “Title 42” to deport approximately 13 percent of the more than 13,000 migrants attempting to cross the US–Mexico border as a family between March 14 and March 21.However, the Axios report made clear that the Biden administration is working to ramp up deportations.Citing health concerns over COVID-19, the Biden administration deported more than 70,000 migrants under the law in February.Despite the increase in migrants being allowed into the US, the Biden administration has declared that migrants who are caught crossing the border outside official ports of entry will eventually be sent back to Mexico.

The Biden administration recently rented hotels near the border to house migrants with a $86 million contract.The Biden administration has been pressuring the Mexican government to slow the number of migrants reaching the border.

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