This Week In Immigration – Week of September 12-18, 2021

This Week In Immigration

Monday, September 13, 2021

Biden Reopens Program That Allows Central American Children to Come to The U.S. Legally – The U.S. government will start accepting new applications for an Obama-era immigration policy that allows some U.S.-based parents to bring their children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to the country legally. After U.S.-based parents submit applications on their behalf, children are interviewed in their home countries to determine whether they qualify for refugee resettlement based on persecution they may have suffered. If they are denied refugee status, the children may still be granted humanitarian parole, which allows them to enter the U.S. legally.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Biden’s Attempt to End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Will Likely Be Decided in Court– The Supreme Court delivered a blow to the administration when it refused to pause a Texas judge’s order to reinstate a controversial Trump-era program requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for decisions in their U.S. immigration cases. The Biden administration pledged to “vigorously challenge” the Texas ruling on appeal but agreed to comply with the order, mainly through diplomatic discussions with Mexican officials about restarting the program.

Fifth Circuit Largely Halts Judge’s Order That Blocks Biden’s Efforts to Limit Immigration Arrests – A federal appellate court largely halted a judge’s order that would have upended the Biden administration’s efforts to limit immigration arrests. The case, brought by Texas and Louisiana, challenged a memo issued at the beginning of President Joe Biden’s term that instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to focus its arrests on certain undocumented immigrants, particularly those who posed national security risks or had serious criminal histories. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals found that the provisions do not eliminate immigration officials’ “broad discretion” to decide who should face enforcement action, according to the ruling. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Immigrants in U.S. Detention Exposed to Hazardous Disinfectants – On August 26 a complaint filed on behalf of detainees at the Glades County Detention Center in Florida, which holds people for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), cited the ongoing use of a “highly toxic chemical disinfectant,” sometimes multiple times per day, alongside “living conditions which are unsanitary, hostile, and unsafe.” The complaint was filed by several civil rights groups with ICE, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office.

More Than Ten Thousand Illegal Migrants Mass in Texas as Biden FAA Bans News Drones – Over 10,000 illegal immigrants are waiting for asylum under the Del Rio International Bridge, the majority of whom are from Haiti, after crossing into the United States via the Rio Grande this week, and local officials expect more in the coming days. The new numbers come as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instituted a two-week flight restriction over the city of Del Rio for “special security reasons,” which grounded a drone used by Fox News to document the chaos.

Mayor Bowser Celebrates National Citizenship Day by Awarding Funds to Organizations Committed to Protecting Immigrant Residents in The District – In celebration of National Citizenship Day, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted her commitment to protecting immigrant residents’ rights and helping more District residents realize their dream of becoming American citizens. This year, the mayor increased funding for the Immigrant Justice Legal Services (IJLS) grant program to $3.5 million, and today, he announced 24 grantees.

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