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House Speaker Pressures Biden to Reinstitute Trump Immigration Policies

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is calling on President Biden to take executive action to address securing the southern border, urging him to restart a series of policies embraced by the Trump administration, Juliegrace Brufke reports for Axios. Johnson argued Biden should reimplement policies such as resuming construction of the border wall and ending the use of parole programs that release people who’ve crossed the border. He also pushed for Biden to re-up the Remain in Mexico agreement and to expedite “removal so that aliens are screened and immediately removed if they cannot demonstrate asylum eligibility,” in addition to curtailing work authorizations for people in the U.S. on parole. While lawmakers ultimately left D.C. for the holidays, stating that talks will continue, they remain hopeful they’ll come to an agreement early in 2024.

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