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US Rights Groups Slam Biden’s ‘Unacceptable’ Asylum Restrictions

Migration rights advocates in the United States have condemned the Biden administration’s new border restrictions for asylum seekers, saying the expansion of a contentious expulsion policy put peoples’ lives in danger.

US President Joe Biden unveiled the new measures on Thursday, including the forced return to Mexico each month of as many as 30,000 migrants and refugees from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti and Venezuela who come to the US’s southern border in search of protection.

Savitri Arvey, senior policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission’s migrant rights and justice programme, also pointed out that many people will continue heading towards the border because they cannot afford to wait in their home countries, or will not qualify for the parole scheme.

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