Biden is expected to speak about the need for a global response to the pandemic and to recommit the U.S.to multilateral engagement, a stark contrast from President Donald Trump, who developed an isolationist foreign policy that saw the US withdraw from major global agreements and alliances.
Former president Donal Trump had moved aggressively to prevent immigrants from entering the U.S., exposing immigrants to violence in Mexican border cities.
The agency said, "Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border". There will be three ports of entry where cases of asylum seekers under the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy introduced by former President Donald Trump in January 2019, are to be reprocessed, said the officials, who refused to identify these crossings out of the fear that it may encourage a rush of people.
US Secretary of the Interior Alejandro Mayoras, the first Hispanic to hold this position, stressed that Washington is determined to "build a safe, orderly and humane immigration system".
The Biden administration estimated that some 25,000 migrants enrolled in the MPP continue to have active cases.
"The confrontation between China and the United States will be a disaster for both sides and the world", said leader of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping. "Due to the current pandemic, restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced", Mayorkas added, noting that "changes will take time". It saw tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers - mostly from Central America - sent back over the border pending the outcome of their asylum applications, creating a humanitarian crisis in the area, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden earlier signed an executive order to review the policy. It was one in a series of measures that the Trump administration has imposed to restrict asylum and crackdown on unauthorized immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border.
An agreement with the Mexican government has allowed the US border officials to send back more than 70,000 migrants to Mexico, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University's analysis.