Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Immigration advocates frustrated with Biden administration as green cards are set to expire

The clock is ticking on more than 100,000 employment-based green cards that the Biden administration could issue before the end of the fiscal year. The green cards, or permanent residency permits, are available for the administration to assign to eligible immigrants but will expire on Sept. 30. Biden’s pro-immigrant rhetoric has contrasted with former President […]

Supreme Court denies Biden administration efforts to end ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied the Biden administration’s request to pause the implementation of a Trump-era immigration policy. The Justice Department asked the court to delay the reinstatement of the policy, known as “Remain in Mexico”, arguing that the policy had been dormant for more than a year and that abruptly reinstating it […]

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 […]

Chicago’s Black & Latino Communities Hit Hardest by Delta Variant

The intensive care unit at St. Bernard Hospital on the South Side of Chicago is at capacity because of the latest surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Last month, the small hospital treated more than 3 dozen COVID-19 patients, about the same number as in July 2020, just before a bigger wave of illness, […]

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, […]