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Biden administration proposed new guidelines that would limit the arrest and deportation of migrants

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The Biden administration announced new guidelines replace interim standards that were released in February but were initially barred by a federal judge in August as part of a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana.

In response to bipartisan criticism of its immigration policy, the Biden administration declared new regulations on Thursday requiring authorities to only pursue migrants who have recently entered the country without permission or who have judged a threat to public safety.

The new guidelines replace interim standards that were published in February and were initially barred by a federal judge in August as part of a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana. They differ from former President Donald Trump’s more muscular approach to immigration enforcement, which urged agents to apprehend everyone who was in the country illegally early in his presidency.

The announcement comes as President Joe Biden faces criticism from supporters for relying on a Trump-era public health authority to quickly deport migrants caught at the US-Mexico border, as well as Republican allegations that he hasn’t done enough to stem a surge of migrants wanting to enter the nation. In recent weeks, his government has removed around 5,000 Haitians who crossed the US-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas.

The new strategy, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, is predicated on the reality that the US can’t and shouldn’t go after everyone in the nation without legal status because many “have been valuable parts of our communities for years.”

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