Friday, June 25, 2021

ICE will Close Two Problematic Detention Centers in Georgia & Massachusetts

The Biden administration has decided to close Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Georgia and Massachusetts due to allegations of abusive treatment of immigrants. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas instructed ICE to terminate its contract with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and transfer migrant detainees out of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigrant Detention […]

Biden’s Internal Polls Shows Public Support for Immigration Reform

A wide range of advocacy groups in Biden’s support are optimistic about the political prospects of immigration reform, as polls show consistent public support for action on the issue. Earlier this week pollster Matt Barreto, a veteran of the Biden presidential campaign, who is an adviser for Building Back Together (BBT) a political action group […]

Biden Ends Trump Ban on Pandemic Aid for Undocumented College Students

The Biden administration is reversing a Trump- era policy that banned undocumented college students from receiving federal relief grants meant to help pay expenses such as food, housing, and childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona finalized a new regulation that allows colleges to distribute billions in federal pandemic relief […]

Trump-era Policy that Biden Administration Uses to Expel Migrant Faces Uncertain Future

President Biden came into office promising to reverse Trump-era policies that have restricted immigration to the United States. However, for months, Biden officials have relied on a Trump-era policy put in place at the U.S. southern border that has caused almost a million migrants’ expulsion back to their home countries. The future of the policy, […]

Biden Choose Texas Sheriff, who Criticized Trump- era policies, for ICE Director

The White House announced that President Biden will nominate Texas Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, a critic of former President Trump’s immigration policies, to serve as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sheriff Gonzalez has a decades long career in law enforcement. He criticized the Trump administration for its stances on border and emergency management issues, […]

Bush Calls on Congress to Tone Down ‘Harsh Rhetoric” on Immigration

Earlier this week, former President George W. Bush called on Congress to tone down the “harsh rhetoric” on immigration, adding that he hopes that doing so will “set a tone that’s more respectful” of immigration and lead to immigration reform. In an interview Bush stated, “I do want to say to Congress, please put aside […]

Immigrant Parents Struggle to Find Children who Crossed the Border Alone

Every night for the past three weeks, after finishing a long day of work, a Guatemalan father of two dials the same number hoping to find his daughters. Every call, he’s put-on hold, sometimes for hours, sometimes he eventually reaches someone who tells him, “Be patient.” His daughter, ages 9 and 13, are in the […]

Kamala Harris Will Visit Mexico & Guatemala Soon

Earlier this week, Vice President Harris said she will travel to Mexico and Guatemala soon as part of her efforts to address immigration from Central American countries to the U.S. Harris expressed, “Our focus is to deal with the root causes, and I’m looking forward to traveling, hopefully as my first trip to the Northern […]

Human Smugglers Use Facebook to Reach Migrants and Spread False Hope of Reaching the U.S.

Human smugglers are openly advertising their services on Facebook while falsely telling Central Americans interested in crossing undocumented into the U.S. that they can promise a 100% safe journey. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the use of social media by smugglers is not new but the practice is growing, fueling false hope as […]

Latino Groups Push Biden to Nominate More Latino Judges

Several Latino legal and civil rights organizations are pushing for more Latino nominees to the federal bench, arguing that President Biden’s first nominees, which only includes one Latina, is completely unacceptable and that it falls short of his statements that federal courts “should reflect the full diversity of the American people.” Biden’s list includes three […]