Hispanic Democrat Lawmakers Slam Biden

(TheProudRepublic.com) – Showcasing that Democrats are increasingly unhappy with the Biden administration’s policies, Joe Biden’s allies are demanding he abandon the idea of taking executive action to strengthen asylum rules for migrants.

The House’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Nanette Barragan criticized the White House for not consulting immigration policy with her group, which she sees as an essential part of the Democratic party.

Barragan said, “CHC opposes unilateral attempts by the White House to change our asylum system and put human lives at risk. Enforcement-only policies do not work. And using immigrant communities as a political pawn is wrong.”

The Biden administration reports that it is exploring ways to tighten asylum standards which aim to block illegal migrants with questionable claims from exploiting the “catch and release” system at the border.

Additionally, the White House is considering reviewing deportation priorities to speed up decisions and remove incoming aliens.

The goal is to alter incentives that prompt individuals to cross the border and gain prolonged residence in the U.S. before facing immigration judges and potential deportation.

President of Global Refuge Krish O’Mara Vignarajah criticized these ideas as “deeply misguided” and said that “such restrictions would flout longstanding humanitarian law, and in so doing, cause great harm to persecuted individuals and families desperate to exercise their legal right to seek protection.”

Biden’s team is extremely desperate to have some action on the border, which has become a political liability amid unprecedented chaos. Administration officials were engaged in negotiations that produced a bipartisan deal earlier this month to expand presidential powers to control the border.

Although the bill was defeated in a filibuster led by Republicans who saw the bill as too weak, they were joined by a handful of Democrats who viewed the measure as too rigid toward immigrants who are in the country illegally.

In turn the White House blamed Republicans for the bill’s failure and sent mixed signals on whether Biden would resort to executive action. If Biden uses executive powers, it would mean a departure from previous claims that Biden’s options were limited.