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Ricketts criticizes Biden for 'weakening' border policies; ACLU says reform is needed

Ricketts criticizes Biden for 'weakening' border policies; ACLU says reform is needed

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Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among 44 people who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California's border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday.

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday added another criticism of President Joe Biden: his border policies.

Since Biden, a Democrat, took office, the Republican governor has jabbed him for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, for what Ricketts called his “overreach” on climate policy and for dropping a ban on U.S. foreign aid for agencies that perform abortions.

On Monday, Ricketts issued a press release “warning” Biden that he was “weakening” U.S. border protections, creating a surge of unaccompanied children trying to enter the country. That raises the possibility of a humanitarian crisis, the governor said.

“President Biden’s recent actions on immigration policy appear to be more about reversing decisions made by former President Trump than actually protecting the health and safety of Americans and people looking to follow the law to come to our country,” Ricketts said.

Since taking office, Biden has halted Trump’s border wall construction program and resurrected the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that allows children brought to the U.S. illegally as children to live and work here legally. He also relaxed a Trump policy that required 65,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their applications for asylum were reviewed in court.

Other GOP officials have also criticized Biden’s recent moves on immigration.


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