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ICE Deported Me for Appearing in a Film

Originally Published in The Daily Beast Opinion by Claudio Rojas - April 19, 2021 Claudio Rojas lived in the U.S. for over 20 years—until Trump’s ICE deported him for appearing in “The Infiltrators.” Now, he’s calling on Joe Biden to set ICE whistleblowers free. Claudio Rojas Published Apr. 19, 2021 4:55AM ET  For the immigration debate in ...

Biden to raise Trump’s refugee cap after blowback

Originally Published in Politico Sabrina Rodriguez - April 16, 2021 The Biden administration on Friday afternoon said it will raise the refugee cap by mid-May, a move that comes after swift backlash over an earlier announcement that it would keep in place the current historically low cap set by former President Donald Trump. Earlier on ...

Night Crossings: Scenes From the U.S.-Mexico Border

Originally Published in The New York Times Peter van Agtmael - April 19, 2021 ROMA, Texas — Shortly after sunset, there are signs of life on an isolated riverbank outside the border town of Roma, Texas. Over on the Mexican shore of the Rio Grande, flickering lights appear through the trees for a moment, then ...

What to Know About Migrant Children in San Diego

Originally Published in The New York Times Jill Cowan - April 16, 2021 Friday: Mayor Todd Gloria talks about the sheltering of young migrants at the city’s convention center. One of the first places to open its doors to migrant children was the San Diego Convention Center. Credit...Ariana Drehsler for The New York Times (This ...

Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

Originally Published in The New York Times Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Miriam Jordan - April 16, 2021 The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May. Refugees near a tent camp in March in Idlib, ...

Facility for teen immigrant girls in Houston being closed

Originally Published in The Washington Post Associated Press - April 17, 2021 HOUSTON — A facility in Houston that housed girls who crossed U.S. border unaccompanied is being closed and the girls immediately moved, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday. About 450 girls housed since April 1 in an Emergency Intake ...

Immigration judge, subject of complaint by lawyers, retires

Originally Published in The Washington Post Associate Press - April 17, 2021 SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Immigration Court judge who was the subject of a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department involving hostile and biased treatment of immigrants abruptly quit his post this week. In a letter announcing his retirement, Judge Nicholas Ford ...

ICE, CBP to stop using ‘illegal alien’ and ‘assimilation’ under new Biden administration order

Originally Published in The Washington Post Maria Sacchetti - April 19, 2021 A migrant child is carried toward a Border Patrol checkpoint after being brought across the Rio Grande last week in La Joya, Tex. (John Moore/Getty Images) The Biden administration has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as “alien,” “illegal ...

‘Unacceptable and unconscionable’: Democrats slam Biden for initial decision not to raise refugee cap

Originally Published in CNN Clare Foran, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer - April 16, 2021 (CNN) Prominent Democratic lawmakers and top progressives expressed outrage and disappointment on Friday in response to news that President Joe Biden would sign an emergency determination keeping the Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000 -- a significant reversal from his administration's proposal ...
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