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Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Unhappy With Joe Biden Over Border Executive Order

June 5, 2024

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition isn’t happy with an executive order President Joe Biden signed that he says will lessen the flow of migrants into the United States.

Starting Wednesday, June 5 migrants who cross into the United States from Mexico can’t get asylum unless they do so at a port of entry, according to the executive action announced Tuesday, June 4. The executive order also may stop migrants from coming into the country during high-volume periods like now, unless they qualify for an exception.

“Closing the border and preventing those fleeing violence and persecution from legally applying for asylum is an incredibly unjust, inhumane, and undemocratic immigration policy,” said Elizabeth Sweet, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, in a press release. “We urge President Biden to reconsider signing any executive order that will shut down the border or restrict asylum seekers. In fact, leaders in Washington should instead be focusing on investing in and strengthening the asylum system so those pursuing safety may have their cases heard quickly and efficiently. America has served as a beacon of hope and refuge for centuries, and we must not abandon that now.”


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