This Week In Immigration – Week of May 3, 2021

This Week In Immigration

5-3-21 The Biden administration will reunite four migrant families this week that were separated under the term of the Trump administration.  Estimates are that over 1,000 families remain separated, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday. The four families include at least one child who was separated from his or her parent at age 3 and at least two women who were separated from their children in late 2017 — part of a pilot program for former President Donald Trump’s 2018 “zero tolerance” policy. But the immigrant advocacy organization Al Otro Lado, or AOL, said the Biden administration is taking credit for reunifications it did very little to facilitate. The parents will be given humanitarian parole to return to the United States.

5-3-21 WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in recent weeks that he is “actively exploring” whether it would be possible to attach a broad revision of immigration laws to President Biden’s infrastructure plan and pass it through the budget reconciliation process. The move would allow the measures to pass the evenly divided Senate with a simple majority of 51 votes, shielding them from a filibuster and the 60-vote threshold for moving past one, which would otherwise require at least 10 Republican votes. The strategy is part of a backup plan Mr. Schumer has lined up in the event that talks among 15 senators in both parties fail to yield a compromise. 

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