At the end of April 2023, the US government announced certain important measures for the management of irregular immigration in the country.
Both the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced strong new measures to reduce illegal immigration in the US. These measures seek to expand legal avenues for protection and facilitate a much safer immigration process, humane and orderly.
Likewise, the new measures are based on the success of recent legal processes in the country, which have reduced illegal immigration. Our New Jersey immigration lawyers urge all individuals to abide by immigration laws in order to avoid a very possible penalty.
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What Are These New Measures Due To?
According to DHS and DOS, the new measures are intended to significantly expand legal avenues for protection and facilitate safe processing for immigrants.
Similarly, these departments indicated that the temporary public health order or Title 42 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will end on May 11, 2023. In addition, after its completion, the old Title 8 will return.
The return of Title 8 is expected to drastically reduce the number of repeat border crossings, which had a significant increase under Title 42.
It should be noted that the lifting of Title 42 does not mean that the US border will be open, quite the contrary. Since the US will once again use Title 8 to prosecute illegal immigrants, they would be quickly removed from the border.
In short, these measures are intended to reduce illegal border crossings through a combination of expanded legal pathways and the rapid removal of those who do not abide by these pathways.
Measures Against Illegal Immigration At Sea
This announcement is also focused on responding to illegal immigration at sea. Therefore, any individual intercepted at sea while attempting to enter the United States irregularly will be detained.
As Brendan C. McPherson, Commander of the US Coast Guard 7th District, comments, sailing at sea in unsafe vessels is extremely dangerous and deadly.
Therefore, the officers in charge will continue to rescue and repatriate any individual attempting to enter the US irregularly through sea lanes. Since August 21, 2022, more than 11,000 immigrants have been repatriated.
It is stressed that migrants rescued at sea or intercepted on land will receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care. Subsequently, they will be processed to determine if they have any legal basis to enter or remain in the country.
Immigration Consequences Brought By The New Measures
The new measures announced by the US government would impose more severe immigration consequences for immigrants who do not use legal channels.
Consequently, individuals who do not comply with the legal channels will suffer the sanctions established by Title 8. These are:
- Expedited Removal: Illegal immigrants will be processed under the Title 8 expedited removal authority in a matter of days.
- Reentry Bar: Under this legal title, illegal immigrants will be barred from returning to the US for at least 5 years if they were deported.
- Ineligibility for asylum: All those individuals who have suffered Title 8 will not be eligible to apply for political asylum process in the United States.
To avoid this type of consequence, aliens are encouraged to use one of the numerous legal avenues that exist in the country.
Additional Legal Paths In The US
The United States announced several additional legal paths. These include:
Expanded Access To The CBPOne App
After Title 42 is lifted, immigrants will have access to the CBPOne app to schedule an appointment and appear at a US port of entry.
Additionally, CBPOne will make additional appointments and tools available to immigrants that will allow for a safe and orderly process.
New Parole Processes For Family Reunification
DHS is developing new paroles involving family reunification for:
- El Salvador.
- Honduras, and
This agency is also modernizing existing family reunification temporary stay permit processes for Haiti and Cuba.
Once these processes are complete, they will allow individuals who have an approved petition for relatives to the United States (US family-based immigration) to obtain a Parole in the US. However, this will only be on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, the US government will grant efficient authorization for all those approved and screened for travel. Likewise, immigrants with a Parole in the US under these processes, may be eligible to apply for a work permit.
Haven For Western Hemisphere
The US government will welcome thousands of additional refugees each month from the Western Hemisphere.
The goal of this is to double the number of refugees the United States pledged to receive, as part of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection.
To achieve this goal, the US government is based on the effectiveness of the prosecutions achieved in the last two years. Also, further increases the resources of the US Refugee Admissions Program ( USRAP).
It should be noted that the US will continue to accept up to 30,000 immigrants per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. This is all part of the extended Parole processes. For example, the new process for Venezuelans.
Human Management In Migratory Flows
Aside from the features that the new immigration measures bring, the United States is joining forces with partners throughout the Western Hemisphere to be able to:
- Launch an aggressive new campaign against smuggling in the Darien: The US, Panama, and Colombia launched a campaign to address immigration through the Darien. This campaign is focused on ending criminal networks that facilitate the illegal movement of immigrants.
- Fighting Smuggling Misinformation: Smugglers are running a large number of campaigns to misinform and profit immigrants ahead of the return of Title 8. To combat this, the US is passing on accurate information about its immigration laws.
- Increase deportation of those without a legal basis: Immigrants who cross the US border without permission and who do not qualify for immigration protection will be immediately returned to their country with at least a 5-year bar to return to the US .us
- Opening of Regional Processing Centers: Along with other countries, the US will establish Regional Processing Centers (RPCs) in key locations throughout the Western Hemisphere. This will be to reduce irregular migration.
If you are about to travel to the United States illegally, we recommend that you do not attempt this. US immigration laws are very strict against all those who try to violate them.
We understand the difficult scenarios you must be going through in your country of origin. However, we encourage you to try to legally immigrate to the US through one of many legal paths. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact us in advance.