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Biden spending plan ‘not good enough’ on immigration: Advocates 11/26/2021

Biden spending plan ‘not good enough’ on immigration: Advocates

Members of Biden’s Democratic Party had tried to include provisions in the legislation that would have provided a path to citizenship to an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
But amid intense Republican opposition and Senate rules that prevent major policy changes on budget measures, congressional leaders instead included in the Build Back Better Act (BBB) a provision that would give undocumented migrants “parole”.

That is a temporary status that would shield people from deportation and give them US work permits, but falls short of granting them a pathway to citizenship – something immigrant advocates have pointed out Biden promised to do.

Biden spending plan ‘not good enough’ on immigration: Advocates US immigration advocates say millions are at risk as reforms face uphill battle amid intense Republican opposition.

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America - The Founding 11/22/2021

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America - The Founding

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America reminds all of us that we are the Nation of Immigrants.

The Pilgrims’ primary reason for coming to America was religious freedom. They wanted freedom to believe and worship peacefully without harassment or persecution. They sought freedom in America to set up their own church and community to live as they chose. The Pilgrims also hoped, in the process, to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America - The Founding During their first year in America, and after trials, the Pilgrims celebrated their plentiful harvest with a feast, giving thanks to God for His provision.

DHS stops releasing some migrants without providing immigration court dates 11/17/2021

DHS stops releasing some migrants without providing immigration court dates

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security has stopped the practice of releasing migrants in the United States only with paperwork that tells them to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators Tuesday.

DHS stops releasing some migrants without providing immigration court dates The Department of Homeland Security has stopped the practice of releasing migrants in the United States only with paperwork that tells them to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators Tuesday.

Advocates to Democrats: Build Back Better by giving the undocumented green cards 11/16/2021

Advocates to Democrats: Build Back Better by giving the undocumented green cards

They face tough odds, but immigration advocates are pushing Democrats for a better deal in a bill heading for a vote for the millions of people living in the U.S. without legal immigration status.

Advocates to Democrats: Build Back Better by giving the undocumented green cards Despite tough odds, immigration advocates are urging Democrats in Congress to back a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants.

Democrats are set to leave immigrants in the lurch again 11/15/2021

Democrats are set to leave immigrants in the lurch again

The House may soon vote on Democrats’ $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill, with provisions to shield undocumented immigrants living in the US from deportation and relieve long visa backlogs.

But like many of the immigration proposals from the last few decades, these new, critical immigration fixes appear unlikely to actually become law. So why is this latest round of immigration reform proposals probably doomed? Two reasons: because of the structure of the Senate and because, on immigration, identity issues have replaced policy.

Democrats are set to leave immigrants in the lurch again Immigration provisions in Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill are likely on the chopping block.

Record number of immigrants funneled into alternative detention programs 11/14/2021

Record number of immigrants funneled into alternative detention programs

Record number of immigrants funneled into alternative detention programs
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The number of migrants being monitored under a surveillance program launched as an alternative to traditional detention facilities has grown astronomically during the Biden administration.

A record 136,026 immigrants are now being monitored under Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), up from 86,000 at the beginning of the year.

Record number of immigrants funneled into alternative detention programs The number of migrants being monitored under a surveillance program launched as an alternative to traditional detention facilities has grown astronomically during the Biden administration.

U.S. moves to speed up deportation proceedings for unauthorized migrants who were not processed 11/12/2021

U.S. moves to speed up deportation proceedings for unauthorized migrants who were not processed

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has launched a new operation to send court documents to unauthorized migrants who were not processed for deportation after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year.

The documents include “notices to appear,” which instruct migrants to attend court hearings before U.S. immigration judges who will determine if they can remain in the country or will be deported. It will apply to migrants, many of them families with children, who were released into the U.S. after being apprehended at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. moves to speed up deportation proceedings for unauthorized migrants who were not processed ICE has launched an operation to send court documents to unauthorized migrants who were not processed for deportation after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

US advocates say ‘Congress needs to act’ amid migrant arrivals 11/09/2021

US advocates say ‘Congress needs to act’ amid migrant arrivals

Washington, DC – A few thousand migrants, most of them fleeing poverty and violence in Central America and the Caribbean, set out from southern Mexico last month in hopes of reaching the United States.

US advocates say ‘Congress needs to act’ amid migrant arrivals Immigration advocates say US needs legislation to effectively respond to arrivals at border, but divisions run deep.

What is the price of separated immigrant families’ trauma? 11/08/2021

What is the price of separated immigrant families’ trauma?

“There is robust evidence from pediatricians, mental health and public health experts that family separation causes significant trauma that can impact a child for years to come,” said Amy Fischer, Americas advocacy director at Amnesty International USA. “The trauma in this case was the point, explicitly used as a tactic by the US government to try and deter families from seeking safety in the United States. The US government then bears the responsibility to compensate families for this trauma that was caused.”

What is the price of separated immigrant families’ trauma? Both Republicans and Biden say $450,000 payouts are too high.

U.S. to send deportation case notices to 78,000 migrants who were not fully processed 11/07/2021

U.S. to send deportation case notices to 78,000 migrants who were not fully processed

The U.S. government is expected to launch an operation next week to send court documents to 78,000 migrants who were not processed for deportation after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization this year, two people briefed on the plan told CBS News.

Starting Monday, U.S. immigration authorities will dispatch packets of legal documents that will instruct migrants, many of them families with children, to show up to court hearings before immigration judges, who will determine whether the new arrivals will be allowed to stay in the country, the sources said.

U.S. to send deportation case notices to 78,000 migrants who were not fully processed Citing strained resources, U.S. Border Patrol agents did not process tens of thousands of migrants for deportation.

11/03/2021

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Dems' Bill Could Transform Millions of Immigrants' Lives 11/02/2021

Dems' Bill Could Transform Millions of Immigrants' Lives

Some 7,081,000 undocumented people who have lived in the U.S. since at least January 1, 2011 would be eligible for the parole program as it’s currently outlined in the Build Back Better Act, according to the Center American Progress (CAP), a progressive policy institute.

Dems' Bill Could Transform Millions of Immigrants' Lives A draft of the bill includes provisions providing a path to a work permit for millions of undocumented people

Immigration relief in flux as Biden unveils reconciliation framework - Roll Call 10/29/2021

Immigration relief in flux as Biden unveils reconciliation framework - Roll Call

Lawmakers are now preparing to pitch a more watered-down “Plan C,” which would give undocumented immigrants who entered the country before January 2011 work permits and deportation protections, but not a green card, according to a Senate aide and other people familiar with the plans.

Immigration relief in flux as Biden unveils reconciliation framework - Roll Call Democrats have so far faced an uphill battle to include sweeping immigration changes in the budget reconciliation bill.

White House considering payments of $450K — per person — to immigrant families separated at border 10/29/2021

White House considering payments of $450K — per person — to immigrant families separated at border

The Biden administration is discussing paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to illegal immigrant families who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

White House considering payments of $450K — per person — to immigrant families separated at border The Biden administration is discussing paying out millions of dollars to migrant families who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration in 2018, the Wall Street Journal …

U.S. bars immigration arrests at schools, hospitals and other 'protected areas' 10/28/2021

U.S. bars immigration arrests at schools, hospitals and other 'protected areas'

The list of “protected areas” include schools and university campuses, hospitals and other medical facilities, Covid-19 testing and vaccination sites, places of worship and sites where children gather, such as playgrounds and day care centers, the memo said.

Other areas include shelters for homeless people and victims of domestic violence, drug and alcohol treatment facilities and food pantries. Immigration enforcement is also restricted at or nearby funerals, demonstrations and parades, according to the memo.

Arrests in these areas will be allowed in certain circumstances, such as the existence of a national security threat.

U.S. bars immigration arrests at schools, hospitals and other 'protected areas' U.S. immigration authorities will be restricted from carrying out enforcement actions at hospitals, schools and a range of other "protected" areas under a new DHS policy.

Washington says Russians seeking US immigrant visas must travel to Warsaw | DW | 25.10.2021 10/26/2021

Washington says Russians seeking US immigrant visas must travel to Warsaw | DW | 25.10.2021

This classification is usually reserved for countries where the US does not have consular representation, or where consular staff cannot use their visas.

Other countries in the category include Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

Washington says Russians seeking US immigrant visas must travel to Warsaw | DW | 25.10.2021 The US qualified Russians as "homeless nationals," a category usually reserved for countries where the US has no diplomatic representation. The Moscow embassy will only process diplomatic and official visas.

Top Dem Senator Reveals Third Attempt to Nest Amnesty for Millions of Illegal Immigrants in Reconciliation Bill | National Review 10/21/2021

Top Dem Senator Reveals Third Attempt to Nest Amnesty for Millions of Illegal Immigrants in Reconciliation Bill | National Review

Menendez told Axios on Wednesday that the Democrats have moved on to “Plan C,” which would expand temporary legal status and work permits. “We haven’t finalized it yet as we speak, but ‘Plan C’ would probably be a parole option that would give about 8 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements the ability to work lawfully, to have a status that would last five years and would be renewable for another five years, that would protect them from deportation, that would allow them to travel domestically and internationally . . . that could also potentially gain access to healthcare coverage,” the senator said.

Top Dem Senator Reveals Third Attempt to Nest Amnesty for Millions of Illegal Immigrants in Reconciliation Bill | National Review Menendez said the Democrats have moved on to “Plan C,” which would expand temporary legal status and work permits.

Justice Department eliminates Trump-era case quotas for immigration judges 10/20/2021

Justice Department eliminates Trump-era case quotas for immigration judges

(CNN)The Justice Department is ending the use of case quotas for immigration judges that became a point of contention during the Trump administration for undercutting judges' authority and discretion, according to an email obtained by CNN.

Justice Department eliminates Trump-era case quotas for immigration judges The Justice Department is ending the use of case quotas for immigration judges that became a point of contention during the Trump administration for undercutting judges' authority and discretion, according to an email obtained by CNN.

Haiti faces disasters and chaos. Its people are most likely to be denied U.S. asylum 10/18/2021

Haiti faces disasters and chaos. Its people are most likely to be denied U.S. asylum

Haiti is in the aftermath of a recent devastating earthquake, as well as political instability after President Jovenel Moïse's assassination in July. The country is experiencing growing gang violence and out-of-control kidnappings, according to Control Risks, a firm that specializes in risk consultancy.

Haiti faces disasters and chaos. Its people are most likely to be denied U.S. asylum Of 4,202 applications from late 2018 to June 2021 only 194 were granted asylum. Some Haitians say there's been a history of racism and mistreatment by U.S. authorities for more than a century.

Biden administration to beef up intelligence collection on migrant groups headed north 10/18/2021

Biden administration to beef up intelligence collection on migrant groups headed north

WASHINGTON — Planning is underway at the Department of Homeland Security to build an intelligence-gathering cell that would more closely monitor and better predict the movements of groups of migrants to the U.S., such as the nearly 30,000 Haitians who arrived in Texas last month, according to a copy of the plans obtained by NBC News.

Biden administration to beef up intelligence collection on migrant groups headed north An intelligence cell run by DHS will expand biometric data collection from migrants and monitor social media disinformation that may spur mass migrant movements.

‘We’re done’: Immigration advocates stage walkout on Biden administration 10/18/2021

‘We’re done’: Immigration advocates stage walkout on Biden administration

Dozens of immigration advocates walked out, virtually, on top Biden officials Saturday in protest of the administration’s decision to continue border policies enacted during the Trump administration, according to several people who were in the meeting.

‘We’re done’: Immigration advocates stage walkout on Biden administration Frustration at the administration's continuation of Trump-era immigration policies is bubbling over.

10/15/2021

Democrats’ proposal would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s use of parole to include millions of undocumented immigrants, allowing them to apply for five-year work permits and subsequent renewals, sources familiar said. Immigrants with those permits generally would not be deportable.

https://about.bgov.com/news/immigrant-protections-short-of-path-to-citizenship-gain-traction/

Democrats’ proposal would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s use of parole to include millions of undocumented immigrants, allowing them to apply for five-year work permits and subsequent renewals, sources familiar said. Immigrants with those permits generally would not be deportable.

https://about.bgov.com/news/immigrant-protections-short-of-path-to-citizenship-gain-traction/

Life Under ‘Extreme Hardship’ 10/14/2021

Life Under ‘Extreme Hardship’

By Deborah Chasman

"This is a story about how we came to understand and experience immigration law — what it’s like to feel the awful weight of the state in your daily life, pressing suddenly on the most intimate of choices."

Life Under ‘Extreme Hardship’ Inside one family’s decade-long ordeal with America’s cruelly absurd immigration laws.

Biden’s incoherent immigration policy 10/13/2021

Biden’s incoherent immigration policy

There is a growing gulf between the progressive immigration values President Joe Biden professes and the enforcement policies he’s implementing at the border — and it’s led to confusion among immigration officials, uncertainty for migrants, and questions about whether the president has a coherent strategy on immigration at all.

Biden’s incoherent immigration policy President Biden proposed humane immigration reforms but continued harsh, Trump-era enforcement policies at the border.

Biden administration ends mass immigration arrests at work sites 10/12/2021

Biden administration ends mass immigration arrests at work sites

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced U.S. immigration authorities will no longer carry out mass arrests of unauthorized immigrants at work sites, saying law enforcement efforts should focus on holding exploitative employers accountable.

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/memo_from_secretary_mayorkas_on_worksite_enforcement.pdf

Biden administration ends mass immigration arrests at work sites The Biden administration said law enforcement efforts should focus on holding exploitative and unscrupulous employers accountable.

New law criminalizes threats to undocumented immigrants 10/11/2021

New law criminalizes threats to undocumented immigrants

A measure criminalizing threats in New York to expose a person's immigration status was signed into law this weekend by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The new law considers threats to expose undocumented people in the state as extortion or coercion, and is based on similar measures already on the books in California, Colorado, Maryland and Virginia.

New law criminalizes threats to undocumented immigrants The measure is meant to protect immigrants.

Latino members of Biden's Cabinet defend policies on Covid, immigration 10/08/2021

Latino members of Biden's Cabinet defend policies on Covid, immigration

Latino members of President Joe Biden's Cabinet defended his policies to control the pandemic, saying he's improved vaccination rates and restricted immigration at the southern border to protect public health in the United States.

Latino members of Biden's Cabinet defend policies on Covid, immigration Four Latinos in President Joe Biden's Cabinet positions defended the president's policies on the pandemic and immigration, and White House key staffers spoke of their roles.

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