Biden: 'Trust Me' on Immigration; He Won't Immediately 'Lift Every Restriction That Exists'

By Susan Jones | December 23, 2020 | 6:23am EST
 Honduran migrants are seen heading to the US, near Izabal, Guatemala on October 2, 2020. (Photo JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Honduran migrants are seen heading to the US, near Izabal, Guatemala on October 2, 2020. (Photo JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - At a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden indicated he will not immediately roll back President Trump's immigration restrictions, including the ones involving asylum:

"It will get done, and it will get done quickly," Biden said, "but it's not going to be able to be done on day one and lift every restriction that exists and find out that-- and go back to what it was 20 years ago, and all of the sudden find out we have a crisis on our hand that complicates what we are trying to do."

A reporter noted that some of Biden's advisers, including Susan Rice, recently said that Biden won't immediately roll back Trump immigration policies."

"There are some immigration advocates who say, why not roll back the remain-in-Mexico policy? Why not roll back the asylum restrictions? What is your timeline for rolling back some of the specific Trump administration immigration policies?” the reporter asked Biden.

Biden responded:

We have already started discussing these issues with the President of Mexico and our friends in Latin America, and the timeline is to do it so that we, in fact, make it better, not worse. The last thing we need is to say we are going to stop immediately the, you know, the access to asylum the way it is being run now and end up with 2 million people on our border.

It is a matter of setting up the guard rail so we can move in the direction. I will accomplish what I said I would do, a much more humane policy based on family unification, but it requires getting a lot in place and requires getting the funding to get it in place, including just asylum judges, for example.

So it's a matter of, it will get done and it will get done quickly, but it's not going to be able to be done on day one and lift every restriction that exists and find out that and go back to what it was 20 years ago, and all of the sudden find out we have a crisis on our hand that complicates what we are trying to do.

The reporter followed up: "What would you say to immigration advocates, then, who say maybe you are possibly dragging your feet to, and it might take too long? It sounds like you are saying we need to be patient."

"I said, trust me," Biden responded. "Look at me; I have never told them anything I haven't done. I am working with them now. We are dealing with some of those very organizations as we speak, and I will do what I said. It is going to take -- not day one. It is going to take probably the next six months to put that in place."

Susan Rice, tapped to be Biden's domestic policy adviser, told a Spanish language wire service that migrants and asylum seekers "absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not,” she was quoted as saying.

Likewise, Jake Sullivan, Biden's national security adviser-nominee, said Biden will not immediately end the policy of making asylum-seekers wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in U.S. courts.

As CNSNews.com reported last week, Southwest Border apprehensions in November 2020 were up 100% from November 2019.

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