Advocates push for Biden admin to bring deported illegals back to the U.S.

According to a new report from the Associated Press, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security will be presented a plan to bring deported illegals back to the US.

Nayna Gupta, associate director of policy for the National Immigrant Justice Center said “we have deported hundreds of thousands of individuals, and to do that and not even have an effective safety valve to review bad decisions violates due process.”

According to the AP “it’s a long shot: White House officials have never publicly mentioned the idea, and it doesn’t yet have a supporter in Congress. The campaign, however, shows how immigrant advocacy has become emboldened after four years hardline immigration policies under former President Donald Trump.”

“Another bill Biden proposed to offer a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally includes some provisions for a chance for deportees to come back to the U.S. But the Biden administration has not spoken publicly or answered questions about the possibility of regularly considering those requests,” the report adds.

The AP spoke to some illegal immigrants who were deported who now have hope they can perhaps return.

Claudio Rojas said “I am not in a detention center, but I feel like I am in jail in my own apartment. I am in Argentina, but I feel I am a foreigner. I can’t adapt.”

Jesus Lopez said “I want to go back because I belong there, that’s where I have my friends, my family.”

 

The plan asks the government to take into account factors like people who were eligible for legal status and had applied before being deported or those who have compelling circumstances.

The proposal has been shared with White House staff, the group said. It plans to invite Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the proposal and include a letter signed by 75 immigrants’ rights organizations supporting the plan.

A White House spokesperson referred questions about the proposal to the Department of Homeland Security, which did not immediately respond.