We know that immigration-related situations in the United States are commonplace. Every year and every month, thousands of people wait patiently for their moment to enter the country.
A few months ago, we told you about possible measures the Biden administration would take for asylum seekers. Finally, there may arise a small ray of hope for these people, as the United States and Mexico are reportedly planning a new refugee program for non-Mexican asylum seekers waiting in Mexico.
But what does this new program consist of? Who may have access to it? What would be the application requirements, and what benefits would it provide? At Jaskot Law, we will try to answer these questions.
Current Immigration Status at the U.S. Southern Border
As we all know, thousands of foreigners try to enter the country, either legally or illegally, in search of a new future. Currently, there are measures or programs to achieve it.
A current option is to apply for entry to the U.S. through a cell phone application or by air. However, these means do not offer clear benefits nor a direct path to permanent residency for those with U.S. sponsors for certain nationalities. In addition, resources such as the Title 8 would impose severe penalties on those who resort to illegal entry routesinto the country.
For this reason, immigration authorities in tandem with the Biden administration have met in an effort to come up with solutions that would relieve some of the burden these people suffer in this tedious process.
What is this new program for non-Mexican asylum seekers in Mexico?
This proposed new program would allow skilled immigrants to enter the United States. In fact, it will take place through the country’s refugee resettlement program.
In this regard, the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs confirmed the ongoing talks with the United States. Both governments seek to expand labor mobility and refugee protection.
Who would be eligible for the new program?
The program, which is envisioned as a means to establish more legal migration channels, would likely be open to refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela currently waiting in Mexico. However, final decisions have not yet been made, and the exact number of beneficiaries remains uncertain.
What would be the application requirements, and what benefits would it provide?
So far, only a single application requirement is known. Applicants must demonstrate that they were in Mexico prior to June 6 to be eligible.
In terms of benefits, once approved for entry into the country, refugees receive immediate work authorization and government benefits, including housing and employment assistance. In addition, they could apply for permanent residency within a year.
The United States is exploring the possibility of implementing a new refugee program for non-Mexican asylum seekers waiting in Mexico. Besides, it seeks to establish legal migration channels, and would benefit refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
The details of the program are still under discussion, and no final decisions have been made. It remains unclear how this potential program would play out, and how it would impact the already complex migration dynamics in the region.
At Jaskot Law, we will be attentive to the development of this new migratory resource to inform you of its latest progress. If you need help to regularize your status or are looking for ways to enter the country legally, write to us at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to the resources currently in force for entry into the United States?
Existing resources for entering the country, such as the CBP One mobile application, and the refugee program for residents of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, among others, will remain valid.
Which nationalities would be eligible for the program?
The program would likely be open to asylum seekers from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela who are currently in Mexico.
How does this program fit into President Biden’s immigration strategy?
The program is part of President Biden’s broader strategy to establish legal pathways for migration, and discourage illegal border crossings.
How would the program impact Mexico?
Mexico expressed concern that the program could further deplete the country’s already limited resources to deal with migrants and asylum seekers.
What is the current status of discussions between the United States and Mexico?
While discussions are ongoing, no agreement has been reached between the two countries yet.