Biden signs executive order to close U.S.-Mexico border

President Joe Biden unveiled plans to enact immediate significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as the White House tries to neutralize immigration as a political liability ahead of the November elections on June 4.

The plan would shut down asylum requests at the U.S.-Mexico border once the average number of daily encounters hits 2,500 between ports of entry, with the border reopening only once that number declines to 1,500, according to several people familiar with the discussions. The impact of the 2,500 figure means that the executive order could go into immediate effect because daily figures are higher than that now.

The Democratic president unveiled the actions – his most aggressive unilateral move yet to control the numbers at the border – at the White House on June 4 at an event to which border mayors have been invited.

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