This Week In Immigration – Week of July 26-31, 2021

This Week In Immigration

Monday July 26, 2021 Small Businesses Cannot Find Employees Look to Immigrants to Fill Gap – Less than half of small businesses who are looking for workers can find them. This inability to find enough workers affects state and local economies. Tourism-dependent regions, such as Wisconsin and the Las Vegas area, suffer the most, where understaffing means long lines and poor customer service. For local communities and businesses of all sizes, across all industries, the immigration issue has to be part of the solution for future economic growth and sustained prosperity. 

Tuesday July 27, 2021 – 50,000 Migrants Released; Few Report to ICE – About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date. Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have shown up so far. Those who miss their 60-day deadline for reporting to ICE at the places of their final destination in the country are subject to removal by ICE. 

Tuesday July 27, 2021 – The Biden Administration Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly and Humane Immigration System – The Biden administration has released a blueprint that outlines the next steps for immigration system that secures the border, fairly and efficiently considers asylum claims, strengthens regional migration management efforts in North and Central America, and addresses the root causes of migration from Central America.

Thursday July 29, 2021 – The Children of Tech’s Guest Workers Are Pushing for Immigration Relief – Children of H-1B workers are stuck in a decades-long employment-based green card backlog with their parents. When they become 21, they have to apply for their own visas, otherwise, they can be sent back to the countries of their origin, even though they know America as their only home. “Improve the Dream,” a coalition of young people, was created with hope to garner more attention for this issue. Finally, this year, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, the latest version of DREAM legislation, was issued to protect not just undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, but also those who came on temporary visas. It passed the House in March, though the Senate version of the bill does not yet include children of visa holders.

Thursday July 29, 2021 – US Attorney General Tells Texas to Overturn Immigration Order – US Attorney General Merrick Garland on warned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to “immediately rescind” a new executive order aimed at curbing the travel into the state of undocumented immigrants who may pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19, because it jeopardizes the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody violates the federal immigration law.

Thursday July 29, 2021 – Immigrant Advocacy Groups Pull Out of US Effort on Border Amid Standstill over Restrictions – The Biden administration has continued to lean on the Title 42 public health order, under which authority more than 751,000 illegal immigrants have been expelled from the country. In May, the administration had shown signs of easing up and announced plans to coordinate with nongovernmental organizations to identify vulnerable migrant families in Mexico and allow them to enter the US, instead of turning them away. However, after it was announced that the health order will remain in effect for an indefinite period of time, organization such as HIAS and the International Rescue Committee decided to discontinue to support the government due to the lack of justification for the order. 

Friday July 30, 2021 – Biden Tells Lawmakers He’ll Push for Pathway to Citizenship for Millions in Sweeping Economic Package – President Joe Biden reiterated his support for a Democratic effort to include immigration policy in his multi-trillion anti-poverty package, assuring a group of lawmakers that he would stand by them in their push to see a pathway to citizenship for millions signed into law. The exact proposal is a work in progress, but Democrats say they will look to include a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, as well as for people with Temporary Protected Status and undocumented essential workers.

Saturday July 31, 2021- Biden-pick Ur Jaddou Confirmed to Head Citizenship and Immigration Services – The U.S. Senate confirmed Ur Jaddou, who was chief counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during the Obama administration, to head the USCIS. Jaddou helped craft the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations, among other initiatives. She is the first female to become the director of USCIS.

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