Charlotte Tyler
September 9, 2023

The Biden administration may force migrant families to stay in Texas

Three U.S. officials told the Los Angeles Times that the Biden administration may force some undocumented migrant families to stay near the Texas border while awaiting asylum screening, limiting their travel within the country.

Administration officials are examining the notion in order to reduce the number of migrant families crossing the southern border, which reached a record high last month, as the publication reported.

How the Program Might Work

Supporters of the unfinished remain-in-Texas plan expect it will help the government deport families who fail asylum screenings and dissuade more families from crossing.

However, immigrant rights groups and border-state authorities would certainly oppose the proposal, which resembles President Ronald Reagan's late 1980s asylum-seeker restrictions.

Since 2022, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bused thousands of migrants to Democrat-controlled cities, including Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Three officials not allowed to speak publicly on the issue, said the Biden idea would force some migrant families to stay in Texas or other border states by tracking their GPS locations with ankle tags.

The families would undergo asylum screening to decide if they could stay in the U.S. and pursue their claims.

Officials have considered lodging families with local organizations.

The families would be easier to deport if they failed their initial screenings because they were near the border.

Administration Statement on The Program

The logistical planning required to arrest children and parents in the interior of the U.S. makes migrant families harder to arrest. Migrant families have been deported less than single adults claiming asylum in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security has considered targeting Central American families in the program because the United States is limited on how many migrants they can deport.

"DHS continuously holds policy and operational discussions on how to leverage our authorities to ensure a fair, humane and effective immigration process that efficiently removes those without a lawful basis to stay in the country," a department spokesperson said.

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