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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:31 PM

DHS Sec.: Trump admin. 'gutted' immigration system

Source: Yahoo News

ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS: We are dedicated to achieving, and quite frankly, are working around the clock, to replace the cruelty of the past administration with an orderly, humane, and safe immigration process. It is hard, and it will take time.

To put it succinctly, the prior administration dismantled our nation's immigration system in its entirety. When I started 27 days ago, I learned that we did not have the facilities available or equipped to administer the humanitarian laws that our Congress passed years ago. We did not have the personnel, policies, procedures, or training to administer those laws. Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted.

It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established. They need-- they need to wait. It takes time to rebuild the system from scratch. If they come, if families come, if single adults come to the border, we are obligated to, in the service of public health, including the health of the very people who are thinking of coming, to impose the travel restrictions under the CDC's Title 42 authorities and return them to Mexico. And we have done that.

We need individuals to wait. And I will say that they will wait with a goal in mind. And that is our ability to rebuild as quickly as possible a system so that they don't have to take the dangerous journey and we can enable them to access humanitarian relief from their countries of origin.



Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/dhs-sec-trump-admin-gutted-190232218.html



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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:08 PM

1. That is deeply disturbing

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Response to AnrothElf (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 09:04 PM

3. Welcome to DU, AnrothElf!

So glad you are here ...

It is going to take all of us to right this ship

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:20 PM

5. Thank you! Long time lurker

Finally decided to join the conversation

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:37 PM

2. So greatful caring people are working on it now

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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:38 AM

4. "Time to build out of the depths of cruelty." They gutted our very ability

to help people in trouble right now; heck, just to be decent, not just put a stop to immigration. The administration wants parents who need to be able to reunite with their children in the safety of the U.S., but virtually all the legal, procedural, and other means needed, including obtaining funding for agencies without the money to function, have to be rebuilt. Much of the staff who once handled various immigration issues were "gutted." Asylum judges.

Our kids have friends on work visas; the wife of one applied years ago now to also come work here, but Trump admin rules were redesigned specifically to refuse work visas to spouses. Regardless of jobs waiting.
Institutionalized cruelty.

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