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Thousands of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated, but the industry’s crisis continues

Originally Published in USA Today Madison McVan, Ignacio Calderon and Sky Chadde, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - April 8, 2021 Many workers received the vaccine, but cases are still being reported across the country, and at least one worker died as recently as March. One year after COVID-19 infiltrated the meatpacking industry and sparked ...

$2.1 Billion for Undocumented Workers Signals New York’s Progressive Shift

Originally Published in The New York Times Annie Correal and Luis Ferré-Sadurni - April 8, 2021 The fund, which could provide payments to hundreds of thousands of people excluded from other pandemic relief, ignited a battle among state lawmakers before it was approved this week. Workers gathered outside Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office in Manhattan ...

Border agents took 172,331 into custody in March, statistics show

Originally Published in The Washington Post Nick Miroff - April 8, 2021 A migrant family climbs up an embankment of the Rio Grande river on March 29 near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post) During the busiest month along the Mexico border in nearly two decades, U.S. authorities took 172,331 migrants into custody ...

Biden administration is reviewing 5,600 additional files for evidence of family separations under Trump

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - April 7, 2021 (CNN)The Biden administration is reviewing 5,600 files to determine whether more children were separated from their families at the US-Mexico border during the Trump era than previously known, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told reporters Wednesday. Under former President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" ...

More than 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children are now in US custody

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - April 7, 2021 (CNN)There are more than 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children in US custody, according to the latest government data, marking a new high as the Biden administration announces a string of sites to accommodate kids. As of Tuesday, there were 4,228 unaccompanied children in the custody of ...

Nearly 30% of encounters on the US-Mexico border in March were repeat crossers, administration says

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - April 8, 2021 (CNN) Nearly 30% of migrants encountered at the US-Mexico border in March had previously tried to cross, the Biden administration says. Overall, US Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 172,000 people attempting to cross the US-Mexico border in March, a 71% increase from February, according ...

Op-Ed: Vietnamese refugees who’ve served prison time unjustly face deportation. That must change

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Thai Viet Pham - April 7, 2021 A protest is held in Orange County’s Little Saigon on March 14, the day before ICE deported about 33 Vietnamese immigrants to Vietnam. (Courtesy of Tim Phan) Like me, An Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese refugee. We both came here ...

Biden review could reveal additional families separated under Trump ‘zero tolerance’ policy

Originally Published in The Hill Rebecca Beitsch - April 7, 2021 The Biden administration is reviewing whether additional families were separated at the southern border under the Trump administration, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told multiple outletsWednesday. The administration’s family reunification task force, established in early February, has yet to connect any families, ...

A Former Obama Official on the “Interlocking Set of Failures” at the Border

Originally Published in The New Yorker Isaac Chotiner - April 6, 2021 Cecilia Muñoz discusses the Biden Administration’s response to the recent surge of arrivals and how conversations about the border have changed during the past thirty years. “I would hope that if you or I had a twelve-year-old knocking on our doors in need ...
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