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Biden partners with nonprofits to screen asylum-seekers

Biden partners with nonprofits to screen asylum-seekers
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The Biden administration has partnered with six nonprofits to screen potential asylum-seekers looking to come to the U.S., according to a report from The Associated Press.

The agreement comes as the White House is facing mounting pressure to nix Title 42 — a Trump-era policy allowing swift expulsion of would-be migrants, preventing them from applying for refuge in the U.S.  

Under the plan the consortium would help the government determine which of the many people waiting at the Southern border would be among the 250 the U.S. has agreed to let in each day.

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The International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, HIAS, Kids in Need of Defense, Asylum Access and the Institute for Women in Migration would review potential asylees until July 31, at which point, according to AP, the groups hope the U.S. government will have rescinded Title 42.

The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the agreements.

“As the United States continues to enforce the CDC Order under its Title 42 public health authority, we are working to streamline a system for identifying and lawfully processing particularly vulnerable individuals who warrant humanitarian exceptions under the order," a DHS spokesperson said by email. "This humanitarian exception process involves close coordination with international and non-governmental organizations in Mexico."

Asylum-seekers claim they cannot return to their country due to persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political views or membership in a social group. 

It’s a somewhat unusual arrangement for an administration that has grappled with how to let asylum cases proceed while largely maintaining closures at the border.

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The program, known officially as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), was a cornerstone of Trump's border management policy; it forced potential asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico to wait out the result of their case in U.S. immigration court.

Biden rolled out a separate program in February allowing the U.S. to begin processing as many as 300 people per day at three different ports of entry.