Sunday, October 17, 2021

Trouble in Paradise? Tensions Flare between Biden Administration Officials and Immigrant Activists

Alex Thompson for Politico reports on a blowup between Biden immigration officials and immigrant rights activists.  And there is trouble in paradise.

Thompson reports that dozens of immigration advocates walked out -- at least virtually -- on Biden officials yesterday in protest of the administration’s decision to continue border policies enacted during the Trump administration. The meeting was by the administration’s plans, pursuant to court order, to reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Tensions between the Biden administration and immigration advocates have been escalating for months. Activists are increasingly convinced that the administration’s decisions are being driven largely by politics and that senior White House officials see the border as a potentially toxic issue for Democrats. “I think they're afraid of the backlash of anti-immigrant groups, and we'll continue to remind them that that backlash will exist regardless of what they do,” said Luis Guerra, the 32-year-old strategic capacity officer at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network who walked out of the meeting. “We don't actually believe they're doing everything in their power to actually restore asylum at the border, the way that they say that they're trying to.”



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