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Human rights activists demanding that Biden keep his promises to let migrants into the U.S.

More than 100 human rights organizations advocating for migrants' rights addressed an open letter to U.S. President Joe Biden demanding to eliminate legal barriers for refugees to enter the country.

In their address, the human rights activists criticized Joe Biden for his unwillingness to fulfill his election promises and open the US borders for migrants. In their view, Biden on the issue of migration is largely following the policies of his predecessor Donald Trump, who fought against migration to the United States.

According to pro-migrant organizations, the main obstacle to refugees entering the United States is a Trump-era regulation known as “Section 42,” which allows immigration officials to remove refugees from the United States who cross the United States border illegally.

Activists are demanding that the White House repeal this piece of legislation, which restricts the ability of migrants to enter the United States.

In turn, representatives of the Republican Party have harshly criticized President Biden and his administration for failing to secure the country's southern borders, where an acute migration crisis has played out.

The U.S. State Border Patrol reports that the number of migrants apprehended while illegally crossing the United States border is breaking 20-year records. Detention centers are overflowing, while more caravans of refugees are arriving at the border with Mexico.

The White House administration insists that Section 42 action is necessary to prevent pandemic crowding in refugee camps. Officials sent the signers of the open letter recommendations, which were produced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that the provisions outlined in the controversial regulation should be applied.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Thursday that the United States would expand the online registration system for asylum seekers in hopes that migrants would apply remotely.

At the same time last week, the government began ferrying some Central American and Mexican migrants arrested at the U.S. border to southern Mexico. In a letter to Biden, human rights groups said they were “gravely concerned” about the flights and reports that the migrants were then bussed to a remote part of Guatemala.

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