Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Biden administration to replace Trump’s public charge rule

The Biden administration moved forward to formally replace the Trump administration’s public charge rule, which barred many prospective immigrants from using social services. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a request for public comments on a new regulation to define how immigration officers can determine whether green card applicants are likely to become a […]

Biden administration proposes overhaul of asylum system to speed up claim approval

The department of Homeland Security and Justice announced that the Biden administration has proposed a federal regulation that would overhaul the asylum system to settle claims at a faster pace and help alleviate the immigration court backlog. The proposed rule would give asylum officers more authority by allowing them to hear and decide applications, cases […]

Federal judge orders Biden administration to bring back Trump-era border policy

A federal judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to revive a Trump-era border policy that required migrants to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date. Soon after President Biden took office, he ended the policy known as “remain in Mexico” that resulted in thousands of migrants having to stay and wait in […]

Under new policy, ICE will not arrest or deport undocumented victims of crime

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will avoid arresting or deporting undocumented people who are victims of crimes except in exceptional circumstances. The agency’s new policy is the latest effort by the Biden administration to pivot from the Trump administration and tailor enforcement priorities. Moving forward, ICE will require agents and officers to help undocumented victims […]

Michigan border patrol agents accused of racially profiling Latinos

Two House Democrats demand answers from the Biden administration after a recent report accused Border patrol agents in Michigan of targeting Latino residents from 2012 to 2019. The two representatives, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have asked Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to address the “serious allegations of discrimination by Michigan […]

New budget packages include pathway to citizenship for millions of people

Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution package directs lawmakers to chart a pathway to citizenship for millions of people while investing in border security. The bill includes about $107 billion for the Senate Judiciary Committee to spend, giving lawmaker a soft deadline of September 15th. The package doesn’t specify how many people or which groups would […]

18% of migrant families leaving Border Patrol custody tested positive for COVID-19

According to a document prepared to brief President Biden  more than 18% of migrant families and 20% of unaccompanied minors recently crossed the U.S. border tested positive for COVID-19 on leaving Border Patrol custody over the past 2-3 weeks. Multiple flights scheduled to deport migrants had more than 25% of passengers test positive before departure, […]

Audio from migrant detention facilities reveals sexual assault by staff

New audio from inside a U.S. government shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in Fort Bliss, Texas, reveals allegations of sexual misconduct by staff toward minors, acknowledgement the children were running low on clean clothes and shoes as well as a reluctance by officials to make public the scope of the facility’s COVID-19 outbreak. In the […]

Biden states he will push for a pathway to citizenship for million in economic package

President Biden reiterated his support for a Democratic effort to include immigration policy in his multi-trillion anti-poverty package, assuring a group of lawmakers that he would stand by them in their push to see a pathway to citizenship for millions signed into law. Securing Biden’s vocal and support is a critical price of effort by […]

New Biden Immigration Plan Will Speed Up Asylum and Deportation

As the number of migrants increases to the highest level in two decades, the Biden administration has drafted a 21- point plan to weigh their asylum claims more quickly and deport those who don’t qualify. In the plan, the administration calls for asylum officers to have full authority to rule on asylum claims for migrants […]