US President Joe Biden 'pauses' TikTok and WeChat bans

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The initiative forced more than 65,000 non-Mexican asylum seekers back across the border to wait for their USA court hearings, although far fewer are believed to still be in Mexico.

"Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border", the department said.

Asylum seekers will be brought to a US port of entry, released and monitored after their information is taken and they pass a COVID-19 test in Mexico.

President Joe Biden has officially ended the "national emergency" that President Donald Trump declared in order to take money from the Pentagon to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump implemented the so-called Remain in Mexico Policy in 2019, which required migrants to wait in Mexico for their court date. The policy required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases in the USA moved forward, effectively stranding people along the border.

While Biden's announcement "provides no relief to people whose cases were dismissed or denied. administration officials did not rule out additional measures", AP noted.

"This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values", Mayorkas claimed.

Homeland Security said the move "should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States". "Due to the current pandemic, restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced".

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"The two leaders also exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons proliferation", the White House said. "Getting word out on when to report to the border for release in the United States may prove a daunting job".

That coup was reportedly supported by the newly-elected administration of US President Barack Obama - to whom Biden was vice-president - and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

Newly-installed Commerce Department officials have begun a review of the prior administration's actions on WeChat, including "an evaluation of the underlying record justifying those prohibitions", the DOJ said in the filing.

Mexico agreed to take back more asylum-seekers in June 2019 to defuse Trump's threats of tariff increases.

By the end of his administration, the USA had completed more than 450 miles (720 kilometers) of new wall construction along the 2,000-mile (3,145 kilometer) border.

But it has still not stopped tens of thousands of people attempting to illegally cross the border.

Biden in the call said that his priorities are to protect the security, prosperity, health and the way of life of American people and to preserve "a free and open Indo-Pacific". They are quarantined in hotels for 10 days.

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