Trump administration 'gutted' United States immigration system: Alejandro Mayorkas

Henrietta Brewer
March 3, 2021

The previous Trump government hardened the immigration rules on those allowed to seek asylum in the U.S. and advocated a merit-based immigration system to protect USA workers.

Appearing in the White House briefing room, Mayorkas also took aim at the prior administration - and said the Department of Homeland Security is working to "replace the cruelty" of the Trump administration with "an orderly humane and safe immigration process". "And we are not expelling young children", Mayorkas said at a White House press briefing.

"It is hard and it will take time, but rest assured, we are going to get it done", Mayorkas said, while adding that it is "important to understand what we have inherited, because it defines the situation of how it now stands".

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters that reuniting families was a "moral imperative" for the Biden administration.

Reuniting the families is one of the Biden administration's top priorities, something Mayorkas described as a "moral imperative". We are challenged at the border. We did not have the personnel, policies, procedures, or training to administer those laws. "Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted". They cut off funding to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

This comes as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are reporting thousands of migrants are trying to cross into the USA while the border is being overrun by new caravans from Central America.

"Contracts had been entered that were unlawful or against the interests of the United States Department of Justice, and that's just the tip of it".

Trump, a Republican, issued the ban a year ago, saying it was needed to protect USA workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. "It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established", he added.

He pleaded with migrants not to make the trip right now, telling them to wait until the rebuild is further along when they can try to come and take their chances under a new Biden system. "We have, though, already begun".

"It took the new administration only a few weeks to turn this unprecedented accomplishment into a self-inflicted, humanitarian, and national security disaster". Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

Local officials say the migrants are not being tested for the coronavirus, they're being dropped off in restaurant and store parking lots, and they are getting on buses and trains to head deeper into American communities. H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows USA corporates to employ workers from foreign countries in specialty occupations that require technical or theoretical expertise. We have so much work to do to fix and to restore and to rebuild that we have a prioritization matrix and of course, the acute needs of individuals fleeing persecution is a high priority. We'd love to help.

Trump said that wind and solar power are far more expensive than natural gas, not necessarily environmentally friendly, and lack the capacity to adequately fuel USA factories. Last week, the administration said it opened a temporary shelter for minors in Texas that was used during the Trump presidency and is taking steps to speed up releases of the children to sponsors. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

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