President Joe Biden Seeks Housing Program for Illegal Immigrants at Southern Border
The Biden administration is pushing for Congress to approve a housing program for illegal immigrants at the southern border as part of its $40 billion emergency funding request. This program would provide housing for illegal immigrants, allowing them to come and go as they please while going through an expedited legal process.
“We do not view this as family detention,” said a DHS official.
The proposed housing program aims to keep track of illegal immigrants without placing them in detention facilities, alleviating some of the burden on overwhelmed migrant shelters near the border. After ending the practice of holding illegal immigrants in detention facilities in 2021, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has relied on GPS monitoring and phone check-ins to keep tabs on those seeking asylum.
Under Biden’s plan, illegal immigrants would have the freedom to leave during the day but would need to check in and stay at the housing facility overnight.
Reversal on Detention Policy
Earlier this year, President Biden faced criticism from the Left when he considered returning to detaining illegal immigrant families, a policy he had strongly condemned under former President Donald Trump. This apparent reversal came after the expiration of Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that required illegal immigrants to wait in Mexico for their asylum claims due to the COVID pandemic.
Border Crisis Continues
Despite celebrating a brief decrease in illegal immigrant apprehensions in June, the Biden administration saw a 30% surge in July, indicating that the border crisis is far from under control. U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested just under 100,000 illegal immigrants in June, which rose to over 130,000 in July. In the Tucson sector alone, agents arrested around 40,000 illegal immigrants in July, setting a 15-year record for the sector.
Biden’s $40 billion emergency spending request includes $4 billion to address the border crisis, which is significantly less than the $20 billion requested for Ukraine.
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