"No human being should be sent back to harm. When our government shirked that responsibility for four years, people died," Gallagher stated.
Among its immigration actions, the White House announced on Tuesday that the administration will review the previous halt to new asylum grants during the COVID-19 pandemic, and would consider how to receive asylum seekers who were affected by the previous "remain-in-Mexico" policy.
The administration will also consider reviving the Central American Minors program.
"We know that changes will take time but applaud President Biden's commitment to prioritize assisting our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters," Bishop Dorsonville stated, while offering the bishops' "assistance and cooperation on these urgent matters of human life and dignity."
The group Jesuit Refugee Services also praised the executive actions.
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"The US can lead a comprehensive migration policy and protect the human rights of forcibly displaced persons and refugees in the Americas region," said Monica Gomez, advocacy officer for Jesuit Refugee Service LAC.
"The entire continent is facing profound challenges of forced migration, which require democratic changes in countries of origin and greater support for cooperation in countries of transit and destination," Gomez said.