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Online system to seek asylum in US is quickly overwhelmed
Source: AP
Posted on January 28, 2023

AP: New appointments are available each day at 6 a.m., but migrants find themselves stymied by error messages from the U.S. government’s CBPOne mobile app that’s been overloaded since the Biden administration introduced it Jan. 12.

More than 7,500 migrants approved to come to the US under new program, data shows
Source: CNN
Posted on January 27, 2023

CNN: More than 7,500 migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti have been approved to come to the United States under a program set up by the Biden administration earlier this month, which administration officials have cited as contributing to a drop in border crossings, according to data obtained by CNN. See also Illegal border crossings plunge among Cubans, Nicaraguans, Biden policy allowing migrants to enter U.S. challenged by states.

Biden moving to restart Trump-era rapid asylum screenings at U.S.-Mexico border – sources
Source: Reuters
Posted on January 26, 2023

Reuters: The United States is poised to start using fast-track asylum screenings at the U.S.-Mexico border, part of U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent efforts to address a record number of illegal crossings, five sources told Reuters.

Some Congressional Democrats Push Back on Biden’s Immigration Policies
Source: NYT
Posted on January 26, 2023

NYT: In a letter, over 70 Democrats urged the president to re-evaluate his asylum restrictions. House and Senate leaders didn’t sign on, exposing significant divisions in the party. See also Early rift over immigration exposes House GOP’s tough path to consensus.

Biden Outpacing Trump On Executive Immigration Action
Source: Law360
Posted on January 26, 2023

Law360: Two years into his term, President Joe Biden is set to eclipse the Trump administration’s use of executive action on immigration, with 403 initiatives compared to 472 total actions from his predecessor, according to a report released Thursday.

New Mexico bill would ban contracts for migration detention
Source: AP
Posted on January 25, 2023

AP: The bill as presented would not directly compel changes at two other immigration detention facilities in New Mexico that are owned and operated by Nashville, Tennessee-based CoreCivic. Those facilities are the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan and Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia.

Immigration to Drive All US Population Growth Within Two Decades
Source: Bloomberg
Posted on January 24, 2023

Bloomberg: The projections, published on Tuesday, show a population of 373 million by 2053 — about 3 million more than the CBO was expecting a year ago. That’s partly due to a sharp increase in the forecast for immigration in 2023 and the following two years, after pandemic travel restrictions eased — adding some 1 million to the population over that period.

U.S. Border Authorities Failed to Prepare for Influx of Haitian Migrants Despite Weeks of Warnings
Source: theintercept.com
Posted on October 1, 2021

BY THE TIME word spread that up to 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants had been detained under the international bridge in Del Rio, the small Texas border town had become occupied territory. A helicopter hovered over the Rio Grande, state troopers swarmed everywhere and were stationed every half-mile along the surrounding roads. A tent city of military and law enforcement personnel had sprouted up on city-owned land on the south side of the border wall, near the makeshift camp where Haitians slept. Inside the camp, in the dirt and the heat, pregnant women went into labor.

Four years ago, Republicans and Democrats linked arms with residents from both sides of the border to form a human chain across the bridge in a show of “unity,” yet in recent weeks Del Rio has become a theater for a dramatic show of violence and force, as mounted Border Patrol agents charged at Haitian migrants while twirling their reins like whips. Some 2,300 law enforcement officers, said Mayor Bruno Lozano, had been dispatched to Val Verde County, home to roughly 49,000 residents.

New Enforcement Priorities Show Some Improvement, Maintain Old Framework
Source: immigrationimpact.com
Posted on October 1, 2021

On September 30, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued the long-awaited new set of enforcement priorities, entitled “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Laws”. The guidelines, which will go into effect on November 29, 2021, will replace the February 18 interim enforcement priorities memo issued to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as Initial interim guidelines issued on January 20, 2021.

U.S. DHS plans to issue new memo ending Trump-era immigration policy
Source: reuters.com
Posted on September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it intends to issue a new memo in the coming weeks ending the “remain in Mexico” immigration program.

The department issued a memo in June ending the program implemented by former President Donald Trump, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), but a Texas-based federal judge ruled MPP must be restarted.

The U.S. Supreme Court in August rejected an effort by President Joe Biden’s administration to block the Texas-based judge’s ruling.

Greyhound Agrees to Pay $2.2 Million Over Immigration Sweeps on Buses
Source: nytimes.com
Posted on September 29, 2021

The settlement will provide restitution to passengers who were detained, arrested or deported after immigration agents conducted warrantless searches on buses, Washington State’s attorney general said.

Greyhound Lines will pay $2.2 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by Washington State that accused it of allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to conduct warrantless immigration sweeps on its buses, state officials said this week.

Washington State’s attorney general said the settlement would be used to provide restitution to passengers who were detained, arrested or deported after immigration agents boarded their buses at the Spokane Intermodal Center, and for partial reimbursement of his office’s litigation costs.

The Biden Administration Is Providing Legal Representation For Certain Immigrant Children In Eight US Cities
Source: buzzfeednews.com
Posted on September 28, 2021

The new initiative will provide government-funded legal representation to certain children in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland.

The Biden administration will provide government-funded legal representation to certain unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings in eight US cities as part of an effort to boost legal access in the immigration court system, according to agency officials.

The new effort, labeled the Counsel for Children Initiative, comes months after the Biden White House dealt with an increase in children arriving at the southern border, leading to overcrowded detention facilities and a scramble to find appropriate locations to hold them. Immigrants in deportation proceedings are generally not provided an attorney by the government if they cannot afford one.

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