Wednesday, January 19, 2022

In 2022, COVID-19 Infections Increase by 520% in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers

COVID-19 infections among immigrants detained at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) centers has increased by 520% since the start of 2022, calling for increased vaccination efforts and detainee releases. This week, 1,766 immigrants were isolated or being monitored due to positive COVID-19 infections. Government statistics show, a more than sixfold jump from January 3, […]

Latino Lawmaker Calls Out GOP’s Hypocrisy Surrounding January 6th

Representative Pete Aguilar calls it “deeply troubling” that some lawmakers who call out government repression and tyranny in Cuba and Venezuela “came back after the insurrection and voted to decertify the election.” The day after Rep. Jim Jordan refused to assist the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, Nicaragua swore […]

Recent New York City Law to Allow Noncitizens and Dreamers to Vote

In New York City, more than 800,000 noncitizens and DREAMers will be able to vote in municipal elections as early as next year. This marks New York City as the first major U.S. city to grant voting rights to noncitizens. However, they’re still not able to vote in federal or state elections. Critics of the […]

U.S. Announces Travel Ban on Eight Cuban Officials After Crackdown on Protesters

The Biden Administration has issued a travel ban on eight Cuban officials who have been complicit in the repression of opposition protesters. This week, Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State, declared visa restrictions punishing an ongoing crackdown on participants in protests that started in July and called prison sentences given to those involved “harsh and unjust.” […]

The U.S. returns home 119 Cuban migrants as number of migrants traveling by sea increases

This week, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it had returned 119 Cuban migrants back to their home after picking them up at sea, making it the largest Cuban expulsion in four years. This marks a growing trend of Cuban migration from sea, which has been increasing over the years. The U.S. Coast Guard shared […]

The U.S. Census Bureau Sworn in the First Latino Director

This week, Robert Santos was sworn in as the head of the U.S. Census Bureau, becoming the first Latino director of the nation’s largest statistical agency. Robert Santos, former Chief Methodologist, and Vice President at the Urban Institute became the bureau’s 26th director. In November, the Senate approved Santos, a third-generation Mexican American statistician from […]

The Biden Administration to reimpose “Remain in Mexico” Policy

This week, Biden administration officials shared their plan to reimplement the “Remain in Mexico” policy.  They emphasized their commitment to end the program and described their new outline to improve conditions for asylum seekers. The policy stops asylum seekers from entering the U.S. while immigration courts review their case. The main disapproval of the policy […]

Modern-Day Slavery Operation Uncovered, Thousands of Migrants Exploited in South Georgia.

For years, Mexican and Central American laborers have been brought to the U.S. to work on Georgia farms as modern-day slaves. About two dozen human traffickers, who were part of the crime ring that enslaved the workers, are all facing felony charges, which include mail fraud and mail fraud conspiracy, forced labor and forced labor […]

The Restart of “Remain in Mexico” Policy Fuels Immigration Advocates’ Frustration

This week, the Biden administration reintroduced the Trump-era border policy “Remain in Mexico.” This policy allows officials to send non-Mexican migrants to Mexico while they await their U.S. immigration court hearings. Many immigrant advocates had prepared for the court-ordered relaunch, but despite promises made by the Biden administration to be transparent, advocates remain frustrated amongst […]

Democrats Battling to Include Immigration in the Build Back Better Act

Senate Democrats have made their third attempt to include immigration procedures in the Build Back Better Act using a technical procedure. The process is called budget reconciliation, meaning the bill could pass with a simple majority of 51 votes and not require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. It will determine whether Democrats can positively […]