Volker Türk, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has warned the new US measures to control the borders threaten to undermine fundamental human rights.
“The right to seek asylum is a human right regardless of people’s origins, migration status or how they arrived at the border,” Türk said. However, he stressed that the US measures “contrary to the prohibition of collective expulsions and the principle of non-deportation.”
US President Joe Biden announced measures last week to stop the mass influx of migrants. “Don’t come to the border. Stay where you are and make a legal application,” was his motto.
The US government wants 30,000 migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua to enter the United States legally every month. They must pass a security check and have a financial sponsor on US soil. If their online application is accepted, they can legally live and work in the US for two years.
At the same time, the government wants to speed up the deportation of migrants from these four countries who illegally cross the border between Mexico and the US.