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Biden Will Announce Legal Status for Some Migrants, Title 42 Expansion

Jan 5, 2023

Venezuelan migrants at the border

The Biden administration will expand a Trump-era public health measure that will allow border agents to immediately expel migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti entering the U.S. from Mexico.

President Biden will make the announcement Thursday at the White House ahead of his trip to Mexico next week to meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He also plans to visit the border city of El Paso, Texas on Sunday to meet with local officials.

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He also outlined a new plan that will allow migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti to enter the U.S. by air under a humanitarian parole program. They can legally remain in the U.S. for up to two years as long as they have someone in the U.S. who can support them financially. The strategy is modeled on a similar program offered to migrants from Venezuela.

As part of the program, the Biden administration will allow up to 30,000 migrants from those countries into the U.S. each month. Those who enter illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border will be quickly expelled under the Title 42 public health policy.

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