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The Biden administration will propose a new rule for asylum seekers

The Biden administration is expected to propose a rule on Thursday that would speed up the pace at which certain migrants can be processed and denied asylum after crossing the southern border, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

The regulation, which has been in the works for months and will be published by the Department of Homeland Security, aims to reduce the number of illegal border crossings. It would specifically target people who are ineligible for asylum because of their criminal record or who are considered to pose a risk to national security, one of the sources said.

The asylum process can sometimes take years, and the proposed rule will aim to significantly shorten that time for those who do not qualify.

It is not considered the major executive action that NBC News has been anticipating for months, and which could still become a reality in the short term.

The White House declined to comment.

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As the Biden administration considers more sweeping executive actions at the border that could impact the asylum process, Senate Democrats had their first closed-door discussion Wednesday on Pennsylvania Avenue about what legislative steps they could take.

“I think the starting point for the discussion is the negotiated agreement between the two parties, so we’ll start there. Do we subtract a little, add a little? We don’t know yet,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told NBC News after the meeting. “Everyone realizes that we will have a meaningful discussion about it in the coming weeks.”

NBC News reported Monday that Senate Democrats could force votes on immigration and border-related provisions that Republicans would most likely block.

Republicans blocked the bipartisan package negotiated in February by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., at the behest of former President Donald Trump.

But when asked about the administration’s actions during his leadership news conference Wednesday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress “agree” that “the best we can what to do to tackle the problem at the border is to pass legislation. ”

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“We have strong, bipartisan legislation,” Schumer said. “If Republicans are serious about setting the border, join us – we can only pass it with Republican votes, Democratic votes and Republican votes, and that’s what we need to do.”

Senators tossed out ideas during the closed-door meeting on Wednesday, according to several Democrats who spoke to NBC News.

Earlier Wednesday, a collection of progressive and Hispanic lawmakers urged Biden to use his executive authority to streamline pathways to citizenship for long-term undocumented immigrants and expressed concern about the administration’s possible plans to cut some of the restrict asylum through unilateral action.

“As the Biden administration considers executive action on immigration, we must not return to failed Trump-era policies aimed at banning asylum and setting us back,” said Sen. Alex Padilla, D- California, at a press conference. “I urge President Biden to embrace our values ​​as an immigrant nation and use this opportunity to provide relief to this country’s long-term immigrants instead.”

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An NBC News poll released last month found that only 28% of voters approve of Biden’s handling of border security and immigration, an issue that polls consistently rank as one of the top concerns for Americans.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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