Steven Nelson, New York Post, December 22, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday said he would slowly reform US immigration policies to avoid triggering a rush of “2 million people on our border.”
Biden confirmed reports that his team is nervous amid an already increasing number of immigrants, including children and families, being detained at the border since his election victory last month.
“The last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately the, you know, the access to asylum the way it’s being run now and end up with 2 million people on our border.”
Biden has promised to propose expansive amnesty legislation and to scrap President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy, which requires most Central American migrants to stay in Mexico while the US reviews their asylum claims.
Biden said he won’t immediately make good on his immigration promises because “it’s a matter of setting up the guardrails.”
“I will accomplish what I said I would do: A much more humane policy based on family unification. But it requires getting a lot in place. It requires getting the funding in place, including just asylum judges, for example,” he said.
Biden said “it is going to take probably the next six months.”