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Biden Proposes Fast-Track Deportations For Some Migrants

The Biden administration is set to propose a change to asylum rules that could fast-track deportations for some migrants. It's an incremental shift on one of the biggest issues for voters looking ahead to the presidential election. Polls show voters are concerned about large number of migrants and disapprove of the way President Biden has handled the issue, NPR reports. The incremental change would apply to people viewed as unlikely to be eligible for asylum because they pose national security risks. The proposal would mean they could be deported at an earlier stage of the review process, which sometimes takes years. The rules changer still must go through a formal comment period and it will take some time for it to be finalized.

The White House has been considering its options for executive actions since Republicans in Congress backed away from a Senate compromise this year on legislation that would have empowered the administration to turn away migrants seeking asylum when certain thresholds were reached. Biden had said the legislation would have given him the ability to "shut down the border" and block new asylum claims when the number of migrants outpace the ability of border officials to process them. There have been some media reports suggesting that Biden may try to implement that measure on his own through an executive order. The new executive action does not go that far and does not expand or change the rules for who is barred from asylum.


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