The US is expecting to receive more migrants through its southern border with Mexico since COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in effect.
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In other news, the first deportation flight departed from the United States to Cuba after the latter agreed to grant entry to Cubans apprehended at the US-Mexico border.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement began the processing of removing Cuban nationals on 24 April who were given final orders of removal.
The arrival of the flight from the US to Cuba was confirmed by the Cuban government, which carried 83 Cubans detained at the US-Mexico border and 40 caught in boats.
Don’t forget a renowned news agency reported last year that Cuba has given US authorities a new tool with specific restrictions to help deal with record-breaking numbers of Cubans crossing the border.
Interestingly, the number of asylum seekers and illegal migrants, including Cubans, apprehended at the US border dropped significantly after US President Joe Biden introduced strict border security measures in January.
Regardless, the Biden administration is now gearing up to tackle the increasing number of illegal border crossings, as COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be lifted on 11 May. The administration is yet to comment on its ongoing preparations.
Cuban and US officials had a discussion regarding migration issues while the Biden administration geared up for the lifting of COVID-era border restrictions that kept Cubans from entering the US from Mexico in recent months.
Moreover, full immigrant visa processing and consular services were resumed by the US embassy in Havana in January after being halted since 2017 in an attempt to control the rising numbers of Cubans trying to enter the US from Mexico illegally.
The DHS spokesperson claimed that the US has always encouraged Cubans to utilize lawful procedures to enter the country.
What’s important to note here is that the Biden administration started removing Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Cubans in January who crossed the US-Mexico border under Title 42. However, the administration also introduced new legal pathways for such groups.
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