Headline RoundupFebruary 12th, 2021

Biden Administration to Allow Some Asylum Seekers to Enter US After Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it plans to allow thousands of mostly non-Mexican asylum seekers, forced to wait in northern Mexico under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, to enter the U.S. while they await their immigration court hearings. Beginning Feb. 19, the DHS will allow about 600 of the estimated 25,000 asylum seekers with “active cases” to enter the U.S. each day. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cautioned that “individuals who are not eligible under this initial phase should wait for further instructions and not travel to the border,” citing the pandemic and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. As of Friday afternoon, relatively few right-rated outlets had published original reporting on this story. Coverage in left- and center-rated outlets were more likely to describe the poor conditions in which many of the thousands of asylum seekers are currently living.

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