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Clarke: Biden’s crackdown on border crossings unfair to asylum-seekers; Hochul & Adams disagree

June 5, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CENTRAL BROOKLYN — PRESIDENT BIDEN’S EXECUTIVE ACTION to limit daily Southern border crossings to 2,500 “will prevent countless Black immigrants from the Caribbean, the African continent, and Latin America from exercising their legal right to apply for asylum at our ports of entry,” Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brownsville, Midwood) said in a statement Wednesday. Biden said on Tuesday that Republicans left him no choice. “Earlier this year, the administration reached a historic bipartisan agreement with Senate Democrats and Republicans to deliver the most consequential reforms of America’s immigration laws in decades … But Republicans in Congress chose to put partisan politics ahead of our national security, twice voting against the toughest and fairest set of reforms in decades.”

Former President Trump and his supporters derided the action as too little, too late, the New York Times reports. However, Mayor Eric Adams applauded the decision, Gothamist reports, as did Gov. Kathy Hochul. “It’s a great idea because you have to deal with the cards you’ve been dealt,” she told MSNBC. “If the Republicans had not listened to Donald Trump four months ago they would have done it the way you’re supposed to do it.”

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