(FixThisNation.com) – On Sunday, Secretary of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied the allegations that President Biden’s immigration policy was similar to the policy followed by former President Donald Trump.
In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Jonathan Karl stated that the ACLU is “effectively” arguing that the Biden administration’s current immigration policy was the same as the asylum bans imposed during the Trump administration. These allegations come after the organization filed a lawsuit last week against the policy.
Mayorkas was quick to defend the Biden administration’s immigration policy, arguing that it was not a ban and that the statement made is completely false. He proceeded to tell Karl that they had a “humanitarian obligation” to ensure that smugglers were not allowed to continue their operations, arguing that this was also a matter of security.
Karl however quickly responded that this was essentially no different than Trump’s policy, arguing that under that policy immigrants needed to first apply to another country for asylum if they wanted to be able to apply for asylum in the U.S.
However, Mayorkas argued that under their policy those who did not seek asylum in a third country were not banned from seeking asylum, but rather they would just need to cross “a higher threshold of proof” in order to be allowed to qualify for asylum. He added that this is not a ban but rather an attempt to push for people to use the legal pathways available to them, or seek asylum in a third party in order to make it easier for them to apply for asylum in the U.S.
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