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Biden administration opens gateway to 25,000 asylum seekers

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Mr. Biden has said he wants to strengthen ties with USA allies after years of friction under former President Trump, arguing that doing so will help the country better combat the pandemic and face the challenge of a rising China.

President Joe Biden's administration announced on Friday that they would start allowing thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly migrants who have been waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings, to enter the USA while their cases proceed.

"As of February 19, Homeland Security begins the first phase of its program to resume a secure and orderly path on the southwestern border", the agency announced in a statement.

The policy which is officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols was introduced in January 2019.

It said there are approximately 25,000 active cases still.

The DOJ said the Commerce Department "remains committed to a robust defense of national security as well as ensuring the viability of our economy and preserving individual rights and data". "I'm not going to do it the way (Donald) Trump did". The move was made to dismantle Trump's most significant policy to prevent asylum seekers into the country.

"We continue to convey that this is not the time to come [to the United States]". "This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values", Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

News of the policy change comes a day after White House press secretary Jen Psaki struggled to answer how the administration was working to dispel the belief among migrants that the United States border is open, instead shifting focus to the administration's "moral and humane" immigration policy, amid a almost 100 percent surge of illegal crossings.

On the day Biden was inaugurated, the DHS announced the suspension of new registrations in the "Remain in Mexico" programme and asked all those enrolled to stay where they are while waiting to be informed about their cases.

The White House said he would discuss his economic agenda with G7 counterparts and encourage them and all industrialized countries to maintain "economic support for the recovery" and other collective measures.

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