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Jeffries questions report of Biden reversing border detainment policy, says Dems 'overwhelmingly' against it

Jeffries questions report of Biden reversing border detainment policy, says Dems 'overwhelmingly' against it

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., has questioned a recent report that claimed President Joe Biden was reversing a policy that would allow border agents to detain migrants seeking asylum for prolonged periods of time.

According to the report, the Biden administration was planning to overturn a policy put in place by the Trump administration that limited the amount of time that migrants could be detained while awaiting their asylum hearings.

However, Jeffries, who serves as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said that Democrats were "overwhelmingly opposed" to the policy and would fight to ensure that it was not reinstated.

"We believe that it is wrong to detain people seeking asylum for prolonged periods of time," Jeffries said in an interview with CNN. "We are committed to ensuring that there is due process for those individuals and that they are treated with dignity and respect."

Jeffries' comments came amid a surge of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have been forced to wait in squalid conditions in overcrowded detention centers.

The Biden administration has faced criticism from both sides of the political aisle for its handling of the crisis, with some accusing the president of being too lenient on immigration and others accusing him of being too harsh.

But Jeffries said that the administration was committed to finding a solution that would address the root causes of the crisis and ensure that migrants were treated fairly and humanely.

"We need to be focused on addressing the underlying issues that are driving people to come to our borders in the first place," he said. "That means working with our partners in Central America to address issues like poverty, violence, and corruption."

Jeffries also called for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system, saying that the current system was "broken" and in need of reform.

"We need to create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants who are living in this country," he said. "We also need to create a system that is fair, humane, and respects the rights of all individuals who come to our country seeking a better life."

Despite Jeffries' assurances, it remains to be seen what the Biden administration will ultimately do with regards to the border detainment policy. The president has faced mounting pressure from both sides of the political aisle to take action on the crisis, and it is unclear what steps he will take in the coming weeks and months

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., has questioned a recent report that claimed President Joe Biden was reversing a policy that would allow border agents to detain migrants seeking asylum for prolonged periods of time.

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