This Week In Immigration – Week of September 26-30, 2021

This Week In Immigration

Monday, September 27, 2021

Non-Profit Group Puts a Spotlight on Fighting Immigration Reform In SC – Non-profit organization Care in Action partnered with several groups in the state, including Carolina for All, the Working Families Party, and PoderLatinx to put a spotlight on immigration in South Carolina while also lending a voice to the immigrant community letting them know it starts with them. They educate the community about what is going on in legislation and how they can support immigration reform by going to their legislatures.

Biden Administration Takes New Steps to Preserve Obama-Era DACA Immigration Program – According to the proposed rule, to qualify for DACA, individuals must have arrived in the US before their 16th birthday, have continuously resided in the US since June 15, 2007, must currently be in school or have graduated, have not been convicted of a felony, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety, among other criteria.

The annual march for immigrant rights demands change this year – More than 100 immigration rights advocates participating in the annual event marched along the streets of Denver. Many of those who attended the march have had their lives profoundly impacted by the current U.S. immigration law. Democrats had hoped to pass a pathway to citizenship for 8 million undocumented individuals as part of their budget reconciliation package, currently moving through congress. Passing a bill through the senate via budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority.

Black Immigration Organizations Demand Haitian Deportations Stop – Four Black immigration organizations — the Haitian Bridge Alliance, UndocuBlack Network, African Communities Together, and Black Alliance for Just Immigration filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to demand the Biden administration halt deportations of Haitian asylum seekers. The complaint requests that any possible witnesses of Border Patrol abuses be allowed to stay in the U.S. while their asylum claims are investigated. The groups also argued that by conducting immediate deportations, DHS failed to comply with a recent ICE directive to “withhold civil immigration enforcement action against victims or witnesses participating in criminal investigations.”

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

DeSantis opens the new fight with Biden over immigration – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis escalated his fight with the Biden administration over immigration, directing Florida agencies to stop assisting federal authorities in relocating migrants. The governor also called on state law enforcement officials to “audit” large private companies to ensure their workers are legally permitted to work in the U.S. and encouraged Florida authorities to detain buses, planes, or cars “reasonably believed” to be transporting someone who entered the country illegally from the southern border.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Two Bipartisan Immigration Proposals Can Support Exhausted Healthcare Workforce – Introduced first in 2020 by Senator David Purdue and reintroduced in May 2021 by Senator Richard Durbin, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would recapture unused visas and provide 25,000 slots for nurses and 15,000 for doctors who could help in the fight against COVID-19. To ensure timely relief, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be required to expedite the processing of these visas. 

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