House Republicans plan first hearing on Biden border policies – JP
Meanwhile, with Congress divided, the Biden administration has rolled out its own initiatives aimed to disincentivize migrants from crossing the border without authorization. Border agents encountered a migrant more than 2.3 million times last fiscal year, which ended in September, according to government data.
And migrant encounters have remained high, with agents logging more than 230,000 encounters each month in October and November, the most recent data available.
Earlier this month, Mayorkas announced a program that would allow 30,000 migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua to come to the U.S. legally each month if they have a willing sponsor in the U.S. These individuals would be permitted to remain in the country for up to two years on a temporary immigration status.
In turn, the administration reached an agreement with the Mexican government to accept the same number of migrants from those four nations back if they crossed the southwest border without authorization.
Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington on Thursday, Mayorkas said that encounters with migrants from those nations “have dropped significantly” in the two weeks since the initiative was rolled out.