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US announces strict measures against illegal immigration at the border

  • June 6, 2024
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Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Announces Strict Action Against Illegal Immigration at Border

Blas Nuñez-Neto, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, held a press conference via Zoom this Thursday, June 6, 2024, to detail new measures aimed at controlling illegal immigration at the southern border of the United States. The moves come amid increased pressure to regulate immigration, with President Joe Biden recently revealing plans to impose significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

During the conference, Nuñez-Neto stressed that severe actions will be taken against those who cross the border illegally and without authorization. He noted that over the past three years, a majority of individuals arriving through the southern border have either been returned or expelled, with more than 750,000 expulsions last year alone.

However, the secretary also clarified that the US government has expanded legal avenues of entry into the United States, allowing more than 10,000 refugees to find refuge and 450,000 nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter safely through the Humanitarian Parole Program. He added that the family reunification program has been expanded to include seven new countries, including Haiti and Cuba.

Despite these initiatives, Nuñez-Neto warned that anyone attempting to cross U.S. borders illegally will be returned and will not be eligible for asylum, emphasizing that these measures will be significantly strengthened in the future. He urged nationals, including Haitians, to use safe and legal processes to come to the United States, warning of the dangers of illegal smugglers and serious consequences of removals.

These announcements come as the White House seeks to neutralize the issue of immigration as a political responsibility, in the run-up to the US elections next November. The announced measures reflect the government’s stated desire to maintain strict control over immigration at the southern border of the United States.

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