Greenville group express concerns over Biden’s migrant order

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The presidential proclamation signed by President Biden earlier on Tuesday will now turn down migrants seeking asylum when the southern border is deemed overwhelmed.

Salvador Nunez is in the process of getting an asylum granted after his family members, including his wife, were kidnapped and he was severely beaten on his back and legs, with a bolt drilled into his ankle.

“I am afraid of going back to my country. I’m not just afraid just for me but for my family too,” Nunez said.

Nunez and his family were brought over to the U.S. for treatment and recovery.

Now with a job, Nunez says this was his only hope and chance for not only a better life but also a safer life.

“As you can see it is a better lifestyle and I want to stay here and I think I can be useful here,” Nunez added.

With the new order, asylum requests will shut down once the average number of daily encounters hits 2,500, which will most likely go into effect immediately as the border already sees more than that, according to the Associated Press.

According to Amexcan, a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of Latino communities, this is a step backward.

“This will not only severely hurt our people, our community, but the U.S. economy as well. Even if every unemployed worker receives a job, there will still be three million jobs left to fill, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics,” Rodolfo Barron, the Amexcan advocacy director, said.

Others, like First District Democratic Congressman Don Davis, say, “This order is an overdue step, but our southern border is still not secure. We’ve long demanded President Biden change course and empower the border patrol, and he’s finally acting and listening to the law enforcement agents in the field.”