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US President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he will expand a program to accept up to 30,000 migrants a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, along with a plan to remove migrants from those countries. countries that circumvent US laws.
The announcement comes at a time when his government is facing a wave of migrants at the southern border.
In a speech from the White House, Biden also revealed plans to visit the southern US border this Sunday, during which he will stop in El Paso, Texas, to meet with local officials and address border security issues.
It will be his first stop at the border as president.
Border authorities encounter up to 1,200 migrants a day in South Texas, source says
For his part, Biden again called on Congress to pass new immigration laws, arguing that his powers to address the growing crisis are limited.
He said partisan issues around border and immigration policy cloud discussions about how to handle migration and border crossings.
“It's important to step back and see the big picture,” Biden said, citing immigrants' desire to pursue their own version of the American dream.
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