Friday, October 15, 2021

House Committee approves immigration language for reconciliation bill

This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the immigration language for the reconciliation bill being used for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan, which the party hopes to approve without any Republican support. The proposal gives shape to what had previously been an abstract push to grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented […]

Hundreds of local officials call for immigration to be included in new reconciliation bill

Many local officials from all over the country called on Democratic leadership and President Biden to include immigration in the upcoming federal budget. In a letter, the coalition of mayors, council members, local legislators, school board members and commissioners called for a path to citizenship for essential workers, DREAMers (DACA recipients), as well as Temporary […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Federal Judge Declares DACA Program Illegal but Stops Only New Applications

On Friday a Texas federal judge declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illegal. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, stated that the Obama administration failed to follow federal administrative ruled in launching DACA in 2012. However, he put the effect of most of his ruling on hold while the […]

ICE to end detention of undocumented pregnant women at the border

The U.S. immigration authorities will no longer detain migrants facing deportation if they are pregnant or recently gave birth, reversing a Trump-era immigration policy. The new directive announced that it doesn’t stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from initiating proceedings to deport women who are pregnant, nursing or have given birth within the past year. […]

South Dakota Governor Sending More Troops to the U.S.- Mexico Border

South Dakota Governor announced that they will be sending 75 more members of its National Guard to the U.S. and Mexico border to assist federal immigration authorities. Governor Kristi Noem said that the deployment will add to the 50 troops she sent late last month to the southwest border. The new deployment will reportedly be […]

Whistleblowers Claim Inadequate Care of Migrant Children

According to two federal workers who have come forward to file a whistleblower complaint to Congress, children housed in one of the Biden administration’s largest shelters for unaccompanied migrant minors were being watched over by contractors with no Spanish-language skills or experience in childcare. The contractor for the Department of Health and Human Services, Servpro, […]