Live: A press conference was held at the White House on the eve of Biden’s trip to Mexico
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre will hold a press briefing Friday afternoon ahead of President Joe Biden’s trip to Mexico.
The briefing is scheduled to begin at 12:45 PM ET. Watch the briefing in the player above.
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On Thursday, Biden said the United States would begin immediately turning back Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who have crossed the Mexican border illegally, the boldest move since his death to address the surge in migrant arrivals. started working two years ago.
The new rules build on efforts to stop Venezuelans trying to enter the United States, which began in October and have seen a sharp drop in the number of Venezuelans traveling to the southern border. Together, they represent a major overhaul of immigration rules that will take effect even if the Supreme Court strikes down a Trump-era public health law that allows authorities to turn away asylum seekers.
“Don’t come, don’t just show up at the border,” Biden said in announcing the changes, acknowledging the challenges many families face on the perilous journey north.
“Stay there and apply legally from there,” he advised.
Biden made the announcement just days before he was scheduled to travel to El Paso, Texas, on Sunday for his first visit to the southern border as president. From there, he will travel to Mexico City on Monday and Tuesday to meet with North American leaders.
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