Biden under pressure from left to further relax immigration rules

In recent weeks, progressive Democrats have ratcheted up their pressure on Mr. Biden to end the use of a Trump-era public health rule that suspends asylum rights in the name of protecting Americans from the coronavirus, calling it an inhumane and unnecessary pandemic-era restriction.

But Republicans are ready to pounce the moment he does that, eager to portray Mr. Biden as an open-borders president who pays too little attention to the crime, health and economic consequences of his immigration policies.

So far, the public health rule — imposed last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using what is known as Title 42 authority — has given Mr. Biden’s administration additional time to prepare to deal with larger numbers of migrants in the future.

But activists say the surge at the border means that the administration is unfairly denying asylum rights to tens of thousands of migrants each month.