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Expert: Biden Between a "Rock and a Hard Place" on Asylum

May 10, 2024 (1 min read)

Aline Barros, VOA, May , 2024

"President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a new regulation to expedite the asylum claims process for specific migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, but the plan drew objections from both immigrant advocates and administration critics. ... The Biden administration is between “a rock and a hard place,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School, in an email to VOA. "But the public is demanding immigration changes. The Biden administration seems damned if it tries to do anything to resolve the border crisis and damned if it doesn't,” he wrote. A sharp increase in the number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has presented a political crisis for Biden since the beginning of his administration. Many migrants come to the U.S. seeking better economic prospects or to escape violence. The Biden administration introduced strict asylum measures in 2023 and is trying to address the causes of migration."