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U.S. Ends Trump Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang and Domestic Violence Survivors
Source: nytimes.com
Posted on June 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick B. Garland reversed on Wednesday Trump-era immigration rulings that had made it all but impossible for people to seek asylum in the United States over credible fears of domestic abuse or gang violence, marking one of the Justice Department’s most significant breaks with the previous administration.

Panic attacks highlight stress at shelters for migrant kids
Source: washingtonpost.com
Posted on June 15, 2021

WaPo: As of May 31, nearly 9,000 children were kept at unlicensed sites, compared with 7,200 at licensed shelters, court filings by the U.S. government said. While the unlicensed facilities were running at near capacity in May, the licensed facilities were only about half full, according to a report filed by the agency tasked with the children’s care.

Fewer migrant families being expelled at border under Title 42, but critics still push for its end
Source: washingtonpost.com
Posted on June 14, 2021

WaPo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehension numbers for May released recently show the share of families — about 20 percent — being expelled under Title 42 continued to decline. Although the overall number of families reaching the Southwest border declined as well, the data shows that eight out of 10 families that Border Patrol encountered were released into the country and allowed to pursue immigration cases.

U.S. to expand work permits for immigrants who are crime victims
Source: reuters.com
Posted on June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) – A new U.S. immigration policy announced on Monday will expand access to work permits and deportation relief to some immigrants who are crime victims while their visa cases are pending.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will create a process that could allow tens of thousands of applicants for U visas to receive work permits if their claims are deemed to be made in good faith and without the intention of defrauding the immigration system, the agency said.

Central American women are fleeing domestic violence amid a pandemic. Few find refuge in U.S.
Source: washingtonpost.com
Posted on June 13, 2021

WaPo: Though President Biden quickly signed several executive orders to roll back some of President Donald Trump’s most draconian policies — including one that sent asylum seekers back to Mexico to await their court hearings — a number of other restrictive measures and rulings that directly affect domestic violence survivors remain in place.

US closes Trump-era office for victims of immigrant crime
Source: apnews.com
Posted on June 12, 2021

AP: VOICE will be replaced by The Victims Engagement and Services Line, which will combine longstanding existing services, such as methods for people to report abuse and mistreatment in immigration detention centers and a notification system for lawyers and others with a vested interest in immigration cases.

Immigration judges decide who gets into the U.S. They say they’re overworked and under political pressure.
Source: nbcnews.com
Posted on June 12, 2021

NBC: Among the judges’ concerns, as described to NBC News: There aren’t enough of them, they need more support staff, and they’ve felt political pressure from their bosses at the Justice Department.

Biden’s plan to increase legal immigration could aid the pandemic economy recovery
Source: vox.com
Posted on June 11, 2021

President Joe Biden is looking to increase legal immigration levels across the board — a plan that has drawn criticism from immigration restrictionists who warn about the possible economic fallout. But economists say increasing legal immigration to the US could potentially aid the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic recession.

Biden Regulatory Playbook Revives More Active Government
Source: news.bloomberglaw.com
Posted on June 11, 2021

Bloomberg: The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security plan to propose new criteria for asylum-seekers as part of Biden’s broader goal to retool the nation’s immigration system. The Department of Homeland Security will draft ways to strengthen protections for undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. illegally as children, under the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). See also Aaron Reichlin-Melnick’s Twitter thread summarizing the agenda.

New data shows that fewer migrant children arrived alone at the southern border last month.
Source: nytimes.com
Posted on June 10, 2021

NYT: There was a slight increase in the number of border crossings, encounters and apprehensions overall during the same time period, a sign that the record surge of migrants trying to get into the country this spring could be starting to stabilize.

Robert Katzmann, U.S. Judge With Reach Beyond the Bench, Dies at 68
Source: nytimes.com
Posted on June 10, 2021

NYT: “Almost single-handedly he convinced the organized bar to provide free quality representation for thousands of needy immigrants,” said Jed S. Rakoff, a senior U.S. District Court Judge. “No judge ever took a broader view of the role of a judge in promoting justice in our society, or was more successful in turning those views into practical accomplishment.”

Harris defends telling migrants ‘do not come,’ not visiting US-Mexico border
Source: abcnews.go.com
Posted on June 9, 2021

ABC: Her trip to meet with Guatemalan and Mexican leaders is part of a two-track approach to the issue, senior administration officials have said, of “stemming the flow” of migration in the near term and establishing a “strategic partnership” with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries “to enhance prosperity, combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law” in the longer term.

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