Biden issues new executive action: Much of southern border to close at midnight

Source: Politico | June 4, 2024 | Myah Ward

Biden issued long-expected executive actions on Tuesday to clamp down on migrants seeking asylum.

President Joe Biden issued long-expected executive actions on Tuesday to clamp down on migrants seeking asylum, and in doing so set the stage for the U.S. border with Mexico to be shut down between ports of entry at midnight.

The action and accompanying rule from the Biden administration allows the president to close the border in between ports of entry when there is an average of 2,500 crossings a day over a seven day period. That threshold, administration officials said, has already been hit over the past week.

The announcement represents an aggressive attempt by Biden to bolster his standing on the border in advance of the November election. Biden is expected to use a speech on Tuesday to highlight his unilateral efforts to resolve the crisis, while congressional Republicans — at the behest of Donald Trump — killed efforts to pass bipartisan border legislation earlier this year.

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