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For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection

Originally Published in The Washington Post Akilah Johnson - April 10, 2021 Ronilda Oliveira, 53, receives her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Boston's Brazilian Worker Center, where hundreds of immigrants have come for a shot of protection. (Sophie Park for The Washington Post) BOSTON — The line started outside, on a street usually ...

Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

Originally Published in The Washington Post Associated Press - April 10, 2021 BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls Mayor ...

The complex, harrowing story of immigrants’ experiences with health care over the past 130 years

Originally Published in The Washington Post Erin Blakemore - April 10, 2021 The Mother’s Club of the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service in New York (circa 1930s). The nurse service provided health care to immigrants. (National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health) At the end of the 19th century, millions of immigrants poured into the ...

Mexico’s new migrant policy adds to Biden’s border woes

Originally Published in The Washington Post Mary Beth Sheridan - April 11, 2021 CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The message popped up on Pastor Juan Fierro’s phone one recent afternoon. U.S. border agents had expelled another group of Central American families to this Mexican city. Could someone take them in? Fierro, an evangelical minister, was startled ...

Pressure builds on Biden administration to lift refugee cap after months-long delay

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez, Jennifer Hansler and Kylie Atwood - April 9, 2021 (CNN) In his first days in office, President Joe Biden proposed expanding the number of refugees who could be admitted to the United States after years of historic lows, but more than two months later that increase remains unsigned despite Biden's ...

Biden administration spending $62 million a week to care for unaccompanied migrant children

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - April 9, 2021 (CNN) The Biden administration is spending at least $62 million a week to care for unaccompanied migrant children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to government data. Over the last month, HHS announced or opened at least 11 new facilities ...

Biden to name Trump policy critics to lead two key immigration agencies

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez, Kevin Liptak and Geneva Sands - April 12, 2021 (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to nominate Tucson, Arizona, police chief Chris Magnus to serve as commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection and Ur Jaddou to serve as director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to four sources familiar ...

Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - April 12, 2021 (CNN)The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to tighten their borders and stem the flow of migration, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC on Monday. "We've secured agreements for them to ...

Huge Trump-era and pandemic immigrant visa backlog poses challenge for Biden

Originally Published in CNN Bob Ortega - April 12, 2021 (CNN) Even though President Joe Biden has moved to reverse many of his predecessor's anti-immigration policies, the consequences of those restrictive measures linger and have contributed to a massive backlog of nearly 2.6 million visa applications. The backlog includes nearly half a million applicants who are ...
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