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Insiders: Joe Biden’s Plans Could Spur Illegal Immigration Surge to U.S.

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Insiders are already admitting that former Vice President Joe Biden’s plans to roll back most of President Donald Trump’s immigration reforms could spur a surge of illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border.

Two of Trump’s most consequential reforms have been the implementation of “Remain in Mexico” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 rule — greatly slowing illegal immigration at the southern border while allowing federal immigration officials to quickly return border crossers to their native countries.

Remain in Mexico, specifically, ensures that border crossers claiming asylum are not immediately released into the interior of the U.S. as they previously were. Instead, they must remain in Mexico while awaiting their asylum hearings.

The policy helped lead to a blue-collar wage spike for America’s working and lower-middle-class that often must compete against newly arrived illegal and legal immigrants in the U.S. labor market.

Biden has vowed to roll back both reforms, a move that even insiders close to his transition team admit could lead to a surge of illegal immigration, according to CNN:

Each of those policies has made claiming asylum in the US at the southern border nearly impossible, but the consequence of pulling them back too quickly could result in a sudden increase of migrants on the southern border. [Emphasis added]

“You don’t want a surge to happen before you’re ready to handle it,” said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. “They’re going to have to rely on one of the policies they hate the most and that they disagree with philosophically, so that they can get to a long term fix.” [Emphasis added]

The former DHS [Department of Homeland Security] official echoed that concern: “You have to have a pressure valve in place before you start unwinding down these policies or you’ll allow a crisis to generate.” [Emphasis added]

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