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New control measures at the US-Mexico border

Jan 15 , 2023

Fresh news have shaken up media covering US-Mexico border control. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new border control package that specifically targets the migration of Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans to the US.

These new measures include a new parole process for nationals of these countries, which previously was only applicable to Venezuelan citizens. The procedure will allow for a monthly entry by air of 30,000 citizens from the four countries mentioned above. This will be performed under a host programme allowing them to legally stay in the country for a period not exceeding two years and to work during their stay.

How to apply for a visa following these border control measures at the US-Mexico border?

Asylum applicants must use the CBP One app, enabled for these asylum claims. Before applying, people need to know the application requirements. One of the most important is having a sponsor living in the US who will be responsible for the applicant. Besides this, a criminal record and a vaccination check will be required.

The initiative, which previously only concerned Venezuelan citizens, is now extended for citizens of these three countries, i.e. a person based in the United States can request the entry into the country of a citizen of one of these countries if the latter can prove having the required livelihoods.

Denials following US-Mexico border control measures

On the other hand, for those with no legal basis to remain in US territory, news are bad news, since according to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorías, these people will be subject to an immediate deportation or refoulement. Persons who attempt to enter the country illegally would be deported and would lose the opportunity to benefit from this new programme.

New measures are intended to improve border security, manage the entry of illegal migrants, and create alternative processes for people who are fleeing humanitarian crises seeking safe and legal entry into the United States, they said.

Relief for Cubans after US-Mexico border control measures.

The migration crisis over the past year has resulted in record numbers of irregular arrivals from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua to the US. This situation has emerged as one of the most difficult political challenges for the Biden administration, as well as a major criticism of his administration.

However, this would be an extremely important step in terms of migration for Cubans, as they will now have a safer and more stable route to the US. At the same time, this will help many, many families to achieve the longed-for reunification and help others to achieve better living conditions.

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