DHS announces new program for Venezuelan migrants aimed at easing pressure at U.S.-Mexico border

The announcement comes simply weeks earlier than the midterms as Republicans push immigration as a key problem main as much as Election Day. The Biden administration has confronted rising stress in latest months to answer the surge of migrants on the border, significantly as Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have despatched hundreds of migrants to cities with Democratic mayors, like New York, Chicago and Washington.

Almost 4 occasions the variety of Venezuelans tried to cross the southern border this yr in contrast with final yr, DHS stated in explaining Wednesday’s announcement. In August, 55,333 migrants encountered on the border have been from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua, a 175 percent increase from the year before.

The acknowledged objective of this system, which can enable as much as 24,000 Venezuelans to return into the U.S. by these licensed ports of entry, is to create a extra “orderly and secure” course of. Qualifying migrants will need to have a preexisting tie in the USA, and somebody who can present monetary and different assist. The individual should additionally go nationwide safety and public-safety vetting, and full vaccinations and public well being necessities.

This system is much like the one imposed by the administration earlier this yr when Ukrainians have been fleeing in massive numbers amid Russia’s invasion. Ukrainians have been allowed to enter the USA and work within the nation quickly, an orderly course of set as much as keep away from Ukrainians flooding the U.S.-Mexico border.

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