Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden provided plenty of warning ahead of Election Day that he would essentially roll back President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies if he won.
While some in the mainstream media might have sought to downplay such potential threats to border security, the message appears to have been received in Central and South America, where new caravans are reportedly forming around the expectation that a new administration will have a softer approach to illegal immigration.
Potential problems brewing
Of course, it should come as no surprise to Americans who paid attention to Biden’s policy proposals and consistent criticism of Trump’s positions.
In a recent report, The New York Times found that there is already a noticeable increase in the number of migrants seeking entry into the United States.
A border surge amid a pandemic could present a Biden administration with its “first significant challenge” to a “pledge to adopt a more compassionate policy,” the Times concluded.
The newspaper was not alone in sounding the alarm about the impending realities of Biden’s soft stance on immigration, particularly with regard to a virtually inevitable increase in migrant caravans arriving at the southern border in expectation of being allowed to enter and stay in the U.S.
Reuters, for example, reported that two hurricanes that slammed into Central America within two weeks of each other last month led to the formation of new caravans in places like Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
“You could risk a border surge”
As that outlet noted, Biden “has vowed to pursue a ‘humane’ migration policy” in contrast to the hard-line approach of the president.
Likewise, the Miami Herald recently reported on migrants in South American nations like Chile, Guyana, Paragua, and Surname were similarly seeking to form or join caravans heading north toward America, similarly on the belief that the current strict border controls would soon be a thing of the past.
Another warning came from The World’s interview with immigration attorney Leon Fresco, who previously worked with Biden’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
Although he echoed the call for substantial changes from the status quo, he cautioned against acting too abruptly.
“You do run a practical problem that if you sort of undo all of that very quickly, you could risk a border surge during the COVID-19 crisis,” Fresco said.