New plan will reduce border traffic, “I’ve been working on it since September 2021”

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On NPR’s “Morning Edition” Friday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he believes the Biden administration’s Title 8 policy changes aimed at returning more people to the border will reduce the flow of people across the U.S.-Mexico border. , helping to eliminate smuggling networks from the migration process and deter people from making dangerous journeys across borders. He also said the plan was in the works “from September 2021.”

Host Steve Inskip asked: [relevant exchange begins 5:00] “[Y]You add an additional authority under another law – Chapter 8 – that turns more people away. Is that right?’

Mayorkas replied, “Steve, that’s good. The reason is simple: we encourage people to follow safe and orderly routes and we want to discourage them from taking the dangerous and treacherous path of putting their lives in the hands of smugglers. We need to eliminate smuggling organizations from here.

Inskeep then asked, “After about 10 seconds, should we expect the flow of people at the border to decrease in the coming months?

Mayorkas replied: “That is certainly our plan and we have been working on it since September 2021.”

Follow up Ian Hanchett is on Twitter @IanHanchett

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