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    Pro-migration groups are using the record death rate among illegal migrants to demand they be hired by the government to safely import more of the coyote-delivered migrants. President Joe Biden’s government uses the coyote networks to extract and deliver extra migrants above the roughly one million legal immigrants per year set by Congress. Once the migrants are delivered through the cartel-controlled border zone, U.S. officials provide them with legal status or exemptions from deportation while they work at low wages for U.S. companies. The government’s under-the-table welcome for the coyotes’ paying clients is also fuelling a record-breaking death rate on the border. The death toll was spotlighted by the United Nations’ Institute for Migration on July 1: More than 1,238 lives have been lost during migration in the [north, central and south] Americas in 2021, among them at least 51 children … At least 728 of these deaths occurred on the United States-Mexico border crossing, making this the deadliest land crossing in the world. Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service wants to take over some of the coyotes’...
    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Joe Biden did not violate immigration law when the administration put an end to the Trump-era policy that allowed migrants to be sent back to Mexico to await immigration proceedings. The 5-4 ruling in favor of the Biden administration move comes just days after a semi-truck full of migrants was found abandoned near San Antonio with 53 dead inside. The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) was put in place by Donald Trump to help quell the build up of migrants at the border and throughout the country as they were released pending immigration hearings. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday in favor of the Biden administration ending the Trump-era  Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, delivered the opinion taking the Biden administration's side – he was joined by all three liberal justices as well as fellow conservative Brett Kavanuagh. The dissenting opinion was written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito and was joined by the remaining conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett.
    "Local priests from the San Antonio Archdiocese stand near the scene where a tractor-trailer was discovered with migrants inside outside San Antonio, Texas on June 27, 2022." Fifty people died and more than a dozen others were hospitalized after being found in a sweltering hot semi-truck in San Antonio on Monday, The Texas Tribune reports. The dead and injured are believed to be migrants, many of them Mexican and some Central American, which would make it one of the deadliest attempted crossings in years. Three people are in custody, “though their connection to the situation is unclear,” CNN reported. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg called the deaths “tragic,” saying they "had families, who were likely trying to find a better life,” CNN said. “I urge you to think compassionately, pray for the deceased, the ailing, and their families at this moment,” he continued in a tweet. Warning: Graphic violence ahead. The Texas Tribune reports that the truck was found when a worker heard someone in distress and went to go investigate. There they discovered a partially open truck. While it appeared that some had tried to escape out...
    The rising share of global migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border has prompted pro-migration advocates to fund a mosque in Tijuana, Mexico. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on June 16:  The two-story shelter is in Tijuana’s Zona Norte close to the U.S.-Mexico border. The 8,000-square-foot facility has the capacity to serve up to 150 people arriving at the border seeking asylum. Some might stay in Mexico, but most are looking to enter the United States. It currently houses 30 people. […] The investment was almost half a million dollars, raised from community donations, [Sonia] García said. The shelter is home to migrants from Kenya, Ghana, Russia and Afghanistan, among others. “We are safe here,” said Ilyas Salarzai, 22, from Afghanistan. “The Latina Muslim Foundation has been very good.” Salarzai is currently waiting for certain documents as part of his immigration process. The mosque will have plenty of customers. In May, more than 2,000 single adult migrants from Muslim-majority countries were registered at the U.s. border with Mexico. Almost half the migrants who arrived at the border in May were from...
    LONDON (AP) — The British government vowed Wednesday to organize more flights to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda, after a last-minute court judgment grounded the first plane due to take off under the contentious policy. Home Secretary Priti Patel said ”preparation for the next flight begins now” despite legal rulings that none of the migrants earmarked for deportation could be sent to the East African country. Under a deal signed in April between Britain and Rwanda, the U.K. government plans to send some migrants who arrive in the U.K. as stowaways or in small boats to Rwanda, where their asylum claims will be processed. If successful, they will stay in the African country, rather than returning to Britain. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government says the plan is a legitimate way to protect lives and thwart the criminal gangs that send migrants on risky journeys across the English Channel. Human rights groups argue that the plan rides roughshod over the protections afforded to refugees under rules set up after World War II. They have called the idea unworkable, inhumane and a...
    Kigali, Rwanda (CNN)Hope Hostel is not a 5-star hotel. But it isn't a dump, either. The renovated 50-room facility in Kigali's Kagugu neighborhood has a new coat of paint, fresh bedding, a lot of new security cameras and a changed mission. After hosting student survivors of the 1994 genocide for nearly three decades, it will be the first home for migrants deported from the United Kingdom.The Rwandan government told CNN that the migrants will receive full-board accommodation, health care and support for five years or until they're self-sufficient. It's a controversial scheme the UK has touted as an innovative approach to safe and legal asylum that will disrupt the dangerous business of people smugglers. But it has been condemned by dozens of refugee rights groups, international agencies, British leaders, the head of the Anglican church and even Rwandan opposition politicians. A week before the first arrivals were due, workers were putting final touches to a small wooden shed next to the hostel's restaurant. "This will be a shop so they can buy whatever they need here instead of going outside,"...
    LONDON (AP) — A group of asylum-seekers asked a U.K. court on Friday to stop the British government sending them on a one-way flight to Rwanda. Four people, backed by refugee groups and a U.K. border staff trade union, are asking a judge to ground a flight scheduled for Tuesday, the first due to leave under a controversial deal between the U.K. and the east African country. The four are among an unspecified number of migrants who have been told by the British government that they will be deported to Rwanda. Refugee groups say the wider group includes people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan who arrived in Britain across the English Channel on small boats. As the hearing opened at the High Court in London, the government disclosed that it had canceled the deportation orders for three of the four people bringing the case. But it said it still intended to fight attempts to ground the flight. Under a deal announced in April, Britain plans to send migrants who arrive in the U.K. as stowaways or in small boats on a...
    EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — As U.S. officials anxiously waited, many of the migrants crossing the border from Mexico on Friday were oblivious to a pending momentous court ruling on whether to maintain pandemic-related powers that deny a chance to seek asylum on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Justice Department, hoping to avoid last-minute scrambling over the weekend, asked U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays to decide by Friday whether to keep Title 42 in place while litigation proceeds. The judge in Lafayette, Louisiana, has said he would decide by Monday, when the public health powers are scheduled to expire. Migrants crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas, knew little or nothing about the rule under which migrants have been expelled more than 1.9 million times since March 2020. They were largely from Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela — nationalities that have mostly been spared from the asylum ban because high costs, strained diplomatic relations or other considerations make it difficult for the U.S. to fly them home. Ana Pinales of the Dominican Republic, who reached Eagle Pass after three...
    Lawyers for activist “charities” and trade unions have successfully halted the first planned transfer of migrants from Britain to Rwanda, in a move which has surprised no one — including the government. The Priti Patel-led Home Office, which is the government department with broad responsibility for national security, policing, and border immigration control in the United Kingdom, has agreed to halt flights until after June 6th after activists sent “pre-action” letters confirming they would try to overturn the transfer policy in the courts. The policy, similar to Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, would see some migrants who enter the United Kingdom after passing through other safe countries, including by boat, transferred to Rwanda to be looked after at Britain’s expense, has drawn considerable ire from the leftist politicians and activists and mainstream media outlets. “Sending [migrants] to Rwanda would breach their rights, cost taxpayers millions and break international law. We’re fighting it, and we believe the public will support us,” claimed Clare Moseley, the controversial founder of Care4Calais, one of the so-called charities bringing legal action against the policy, in comments...
    One-way flights to Rwanda for illegal boat migrants could commence as early as the end of May, a UK government source has said. Despite initial reporting that it may take months for the UK to implement its plan of deporting illegal boat migrants to Rwanda, a government source has now said that the first on-way flights to the African nation might take off as early as the end of May. However, there reportedly remains significant dangers that this time period may be yet delayed by legal challenges brought forward by what the government claims are activist lawyers, who have long been extremely engaged in preventing deportations. According to a source which The Telegraph claims to have spoken to, the first single male migrants to be kicked out of the country will be informed of their removal this week, though other unnamed individuals within the government acknowledged that there would likely be “legal challenges”. The planned removals are in response to a massive surge in the number of illegal migrants crossing into the UK via the English Channel, with tens of thousands making the dangerous...
    "Protestors link arms after tying children's shoes and keys on the fence outside the Otay Mesa Detention Center during a demonstration against US immigration policy that separates children from parents, in San Diego, California June 23, 2018." The provision of free legal help to detained immigrants in San Diego has kicked off, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The county’s board of supervisors approved the $5 million pilot program last year. Advocates hope it can provide urgent relief to immigrants detained in harmful conditions in the area. “Everyone in this nation—everyone — has the right to a fair day in court,” Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said in the report. “This is going to change lives.” One main reason is because unlike in criminal court, people facing immigration court aren’t guaranteed legal help if they can’t afford it. While a number of U.S. cities have created legal funds to assist immigrants, “San Diego would be the first southern border county in the United States to provide legal representation for those in federal immigration custody who are facing removal proceedings,” the Associated Press reported last year. Under the Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Program, the...
    Axios.com reported President Joe Biden’s border chief is “concerned” about the risks of removing the Title 42 border barrier. The anonymously sourced report is significant because Axios is used by White House officials and Democrats to reshape D.C. debates, point fingers, and redirect blame, all under Axios’ offer of anonymity. In this case, the anonymous leaks may be intended to help the White House and Democratic legislators persuade their pro-migration progressive base to keep the very popular Title 42 barrier. By keeping the barrier, Democrats can minimize the surge of migrants before the November election. The Axios article says: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has privately told members of Congress he’s concerned with the Biden administration’s handling of its plans to lift Title 42 on May 23, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios. The article outlines Democratic Senators insist they are unhappy with Mayorkas’s very detailed plans to temporarily legalize the expected surge of migrants and to bus and fly them to American towns and cities from coast to coast: Members and their staff told Axios that, after Mayorkas walked...
    Over six thousand illegal migrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats since the start of the year, as hundreds more arrived during the recent spate of warm weather. Following the Royal Navy taking over “operational command” over the growing migrant crisis this week, a further 181 illegal aliens were Brough ashore on Good Friday, ITV News reported. This follows 651 migrants in 18 boats successfully reaching British shores on Wednesday — the highest number of the year — and an additional 562 being taken in by border officials on Thursday. The latest crossings bring the total for the year to 6,011, according to figures compiled by the Press Association news agency. The government has been warned that should the record setting pace continue, up to 65,000 illegals could arrive via the Channel by the end of the year, more than double the previous record set last year of 28,526. The increased flood of migrants into the country comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing widespread criticism and potential legal challenges from left-wing activists and institutions over his...
    Legal migrants are being “pushed aside” by the swell of illegal migrants being released into the country, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) warned Monday. Issa’s comment came in response to a question from Breitbart News about the impacts of surging illegal migration at the southern border during a briefing in GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) office Monday evening. “We have about 1.2 million people who are legally made permanent residents here per year,” Issa said. “You just heard that approximately twice that many, 2.4 million, will be admitted here under various release programs.” Issa made his remarks just after he and several of his Republican colleagues received a briefing from U.S. Border Patrol union representatives about the anticipated repercussions of the Biden administration terminating a public health order called Title 42. The order permits border officials to quickly expel illegal migrants to the last country they were in before crossing into the U.S., in order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. A group of individuals are returned to Mexico after being encountered by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Sasabe, Arizona,...
    Texas Department of Public Safety cosplaying a war zone at the southern border The general public was made aware last fall that Greg Abbott had been using his Operation Lone Star border scheme to illegally jail hundreds of migrants for weeks at a time—some for months—with no formal charges. Many were subsequently released by a court, where legal advocates had challenged “widespread violations of state law and constitutional rights to due process,” The Texas Tribune had reported in September. But months later, the right-wing Texas governor and his multi-billion dollar, taxpayer-funded border scheme continue to violate state law. The Texas Tribune newly reports that asylum-seekers and other migrants are still being unlawfully jailed without any formal charges.  “Texas laws require that criminal defendants be assigned an attorney within three days of asking for one, and misdemeanor defendants be released from jail pending trial if prosecutors do not file charges within 30 days after arrest,” the report said. But defense attorneys have said in court documents that some of the men have been detained for months now. Detained men and advocates saw a possible lifeline, in a judge’s ruling earlier this year...
    As court fights continue over the constitutionality of Gov. Greg Abbott’s mass arrests of migrants at the Texas-Mexico border, new legal filings describe an ongoing and consistent pattern of men being illegally detained for a month or more as their cases stagnate in overwhelmed courts. Nearly eight months after the state began arresting migrants and prosecuting them on trespassing charges under Abbott’s order, a group of defense attorneys told the state’s highest criminal court that some men are still locked up for months before the courts give them an attorney or prosecutors file misdemeanor charges against them, in violation of state laws. Texas laws require that criminal defendants be assigned an attorney within three days of asking for one, and misdemeanor defendants be released from jail pending trial if prosecutors do not file charges within 30 days after arrest. Those deadlines are regularly surpassed, according to the legal briefing from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which represents hundreds of migrant men accused of trespassing on private property. Two men were detained in a state prison for nearly five months, unable to...
    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the Trump-era “public charge” immigration rule on Wednesday. Public charge is an immigration law term for migrants the government determines ineligible for green cards due to their reliance on government assistance. In 2019, former President Donald Trump expanded the rule to include migrants who use non-cash benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. Before then, public charge was defined as someone “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” As Breitbart News reported: The public charge rule was mandated by Congress to help deny residency and citizenship to legal and illegal migrants who cannot work enough to stay out of poverty. The resulting regulation was adapted to exclude migrants who rely on government-delivered welfare and other forms of taxpayer charity, which was then described as being a “public charge.” But the public charge regulation was rarely enforced on migrants and their U.S. sponsors. So President Donald Trump’s deputies issued a regulation that instructed immigration officers on how to decide when particular migrants were dependent on the government’s increasing variety of aid and welfare programs. However, an...
    The U.S. population of legal immigrants and illegal migrants hit 46.6 million in January, up roughly 1.6 million since President Joe Biden was inaugurated, according to federal data posted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “The 46.6 million immigrants (legal and illegal) in the country in January 2022 is the largest number recorded in any government survey or decennial census going back to 1850,” the CIS says in a report released on February 23. “As a share of the total population [of 332 million], immigrants were 14.2 percent — the highest percentage in 112 years. If present trends continue, the immigrant share is likely to surpass the all-time high reached in 1890 (14.8 percent) and 1910 (14.7 percent) in the next few years,” said the report. “It is certainly the case that our legal immigration system … and the conscious decision to purposely not enforce immigration laws [against economic migrants], and to release hundreds of thousands of people into the United States, is now being reflected in these [January 2022] numbers,” said the CIS’s research director, Steve Camarota. “In just...
    Wise up, America. We somehow have held onto the crazy idea that Mexico is our partner in border security. I blame Donald Trump. The former president hatched a plan to force tens of thousands of Central Americans seeking refugee status to “remain in Mexico” while their asylum claims are heard by U.S. immigration courts. Trump needed the cooperation of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He got it. But, for the Mexican government, helping to keep Central Americans out of the United States is one thing. Helping to keep Mexican migrants out of the U.S. is an entirely different story. Diplomats in Mexico and the United States both put forth the cozy image of two neighbors working together to mend a fence. But when it comes to combatting illegal immigration into the United States, Mexico is not our amigo. In 2001, the Mexican government—then headed by President Vicente Fox—devised a plan to produce and distribute compact survival kits to Mexican migrants crossing the border. Containing everything from salt tablets to bandages to snacks, the kits were nicknamed by the sarcastic...
    Arizona's Republican attorney general issued a legal opinion Monday giving his state more power to take action against illegal immigration by deeming the southern border crisis an 'invasion' under the U.S. Constitution. Mark Brnovich wrote in his opinion: 'The violence and lawlessness at the border caused by transnational cartels and gangs satisfies the definition of an 'invasion' under the U.S. Constitution, and Arizona therefore has the power to defend itself from this invasion under the Governor's authority as Commander-in-Chief.' 'An actual invasion permits the State to engage in defensive actions within its own territory at or near its border,' he added. The language Brnovich points to in Article I of the Constitution would in theory allow the Arizona police or National Guard to remove illegal immigrants back to Mexico – rather than relying on immigration enforcement agencies currently run by the Democrat administration. The U.S. Constitution allows states to 'engage in War' when it has been 'actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay' without congressional approval. Usually only Congress can declare war. Article IV...
    A migrant child from Guatemala waits in the McAllan, Texas airport after being released from a US detention center.Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Eight Republican-led states sued Friday to stop a Biden administration program that allows Central American child refugees to legally join their parents in the United States. The Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program, which allows minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to join their parents the United States, began under President Barack Obama to provide a legal alternative for children who relied on smugglers to rejoin their parents. The Trump administration halted the program in 2017, and it remained defunct until last year, when it was restored and expanded under President Joe Biden. CAMP now includes legal guardians in addition to parents and step-parents, as well as those who have applied for asylum or visas granted to certain crime victims. “We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, and reuniting families,” the Departments of State and...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Despite condemnation from human right organizations, a civil rights complaint, and a string of tragic military deaths, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star border scheme has continued unabated since early last year. However, a state district judge’s decision this past Thursday could finally begin to change that. The Texas Tribune reports Judge Jan Soifer agreed to throw out state trespassing charges filed against an asylum-seeker swept up under the border scheme, citing violation of the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause. While the ruling applies only to this man, legal advocates say thousands of other people arrested under Abbott’s policy could launch similar legal action. “Everybody who has a pending misdemeanor trespassing arrest under OLS will have the exact same challenge,” Texas RioGrande Legal Aid attorney Kristin Etter tells The Texas Tribune. The report said that more than 2,000 asylum-seekers and migrants have been swept up under the political policy since its launch in March 2021. “This sets a clear precedent in all of those cases both pending and future.” “Though far from the first court challenge to Abbott’s arrest initiative—which has been vexed with wrongful arrests, prosecutorial...
    The UK will begin resettling up to 20,000 Afghans, many directly from Afghanistan, from January as part of the country’s ‘Warm Welcome’ scheme. Up to 20,000 Afghan citizens are to be resettled in the UK starting in January as part of Operation Warm Welcome. The announcement comes after the UK received a record level of asylum applications this year, partly driven by over 27,000 migrants illegally crossing the English Channel from France this year. According to the UK’s official government website, Operation Warm Welcome will provide “safe and legal” resettlement routes into the UK for up to 20,000 eligible Afghans. The scheme represents “one of the largest commitments to [Afghan] resettlement of any country,” the site claims. “The Afghan citizens resettlement scheme provides a safe and legal way for the most vulnerable and at-risk people from Afghanistan to come to the United Kingdom and rebuild their lives, as part of the New Plan for Immigration,” said the UK’s Minister for Afghan Resettlement, Victoria Atkins. “Operation Warm Welcome is a huge national effort which could not succeed without the compassion and determination...
    President Joe Biden’s government has inflated the foreign population in the United States to record levels by adding almost 1.5 million migrants in just eight months, according to census data reviewed by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). The policy added roughly one legal or illegal migrant for every three Americans who enter the workforce during the same period. The resulting inflow brings the official estimate of the foreign population up to 46.2 million. That percentage means that one-in-seven of the people living in the United States were born elsewhere. The massive inflow will help Biden’s deputies and their business allies to re-inflate the bubble of cheap labor that has suppressed Americans’ wages and salaries since 1990. That bubble burst in early 2020 when President Donald Trump shut the borders, froze multiple visa-worker programs, and reduced the foreign population by roughly 1.2 million. That low-migration policy allowed many Americans to get wage raises and workplace benefits from employers who were used to a plentiful supply of cheap migrant labor. One million migrants have crossed the border since October, according to...
    The House GOP’s 2022 campaign committee has acknowledged that a clear majority of Americans oppose uncapped legal migration and hiring of foreign workers by U.S. corporations. Fifty-three percent of voters, and 55 percent of independents, oppose “removing federal limits on the number of foreign workers who can be hired by corporations to do jobs based in the United States,” said a summary of a November 2-4 poll of 800 likely voters by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). “This polling shows broad, powerful, and intense opposition to measures that erase or eliminate border and immigration control,” said the summary of the poll, which was conducted by Nathan Klein, at OnMessage Inc. He is a GOP pollster who has worked for President Donald Trump and the GOP’s House leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The NRCC released the poll on legal migration after House Democrats agreed on a plan to pass President Joe’ Biden’s migration-boosting “Build Back Better” (BBB) spending plan. The Democratic plan removes annual caps on the award of green cards to foreign workers recruited by U.S. companies and removes annual caps...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – According to a recently-released memo, the Department of Homeland Security has rescinded a Trump-era policy limiting entry of undocumented immigrants at legal ports of entry and released new guidance on the process. Migrants seeking asylum can present at ports of entry to make their claim, but under the Trump administration, DHS put in place policies limiting the processing of undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, at ports. The practice, known as “metering,” essentially created a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department had the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities. READ MORE: CDC Approval Has Texas Set To Receive Estimated 1.3 Million Doses Of Pfizer Pediatric COVID VaccineThe latest memo, dated November 1, rescinds that policy, but migrants could still be expelled under a Trump-era public health order allowing the swift removal of migrants encountered at the US-Mexico border. “This memo formally rescinds the Trump Administration’s ‘metering’ policy, which was used to turn back asylum seekers trying to enter ports of entry (POE). The new guidance lays out a...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded a Trump-era policy limiting entry of undocumented immigrants at legal ports of entry and released new guidance on the process, according to a recently-released memo.Migrants seeking asylum can present at ports of entry to make their claim, but under the Trump administration, DHS put in place policies limiting the processing of undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, at ports. The practice, known as "metering," essentially created a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department had the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities. The latest memo, dated November 1, rescinds that policy, but migrants could still be expelled under a Trump-era public health order allowing the swift removal of migrants encountered at the US-Mexico border. "This memo formally rescinds the Trump Administration's 'metering' policy, which was used to turn back asylum seekers trying to enter ports of entry (POE). The new guidance lays out a vision for the lawful, orderly processing of individuals applying for asylum at POEs. Among other improvements, CBP is directed to accelerate ongoing...
    President Joe Biden’s border chief is making a second effort to cancel the “Remain in Mexico” (RIM) program because it hinders migrants’ ability to ask judges to let them stay in the United States. The United States is a “nation of immigrants,” border chief Alejandro Mayorkas claimed in a 39-page report that was prepared for a federal judge who directed in August that the program be kept going: The fundamental problems with [the program] …  is that it puts an international barrier between migrants and their counsel and relevant immigration court where their proceedings are pending and it places their security and safety in the hands of a sovereign nation. Mayorkas, who is the secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, ignored the benefits to Americans of the program even as he described the risks and harms to migrants. Those dangers are considerable, and many migrants have been killed or kidnapped after they were sent back to Mexico’s border cities. But wealthy American progressives — including Mayorkas — incentivized those poor migrants to risk their lives by loosening the U.S....
    The Biden administration this week announced that the travel restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican land borders will be rolled back for non-essential travel for vaccinated foreign nationals, and that in January even those engaged in essential travel will need to be vaccinated – a mandate that those entering the U.S. illegally do not face. Non-essential travel across land borders had been shut down since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic under the Trump administration. But this week, the Biden administration announced that non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the U.S. via land and ferry ports of entry. US TO REOPEN LAND BORDERS NEXT MONTH FOR FULLY VACCINATED "In alignment with the new international air travel system that will be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. In November, travelers who...
    Harold Hongju Koh.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Less than two weeks after the US special envoy for Haiti resigned in response to the “inhumane” deportation of Haitians arriving at the Southern border, a senior State Department official has also quit, decrying the Biden administration’s continued use of a Trump-era policy known as Title 42. In an internal memo from October 2 obtained by Politico, State Department legal adviser Harold Koh described Title 42 as a “badly flawed policy,” which relies on a public health authority to summarily expel migrants save for a few exceptions. Its existence, he argued, “continues to violate our legal obligation not to expel or return (‘refouler’) individuals who fear persecution, death, or torture, especially migrants fleeing from Haiti,” a country he describes as a “humanitarian nightmare.” The “illegal and inhumane” Title 42 expulsions, Koh continued, are “not worthy of this Administration I so strongly support.” He urged the administration “to do everything in your power to revise this policy, especially as it affects Haitians, into one that...
    Senior legal adviser to the State Department Harold Koh resigned last week in protest of President BidenJoe BidenAfghanistan's ambassador on whether Afghans will trust a U.S. president again: 'Not soon' Biden heading to Michigan to promote agenda amid Democratic infighting Manchin clashes with fellow Democrats over fossil-fuel demands MORE's continued use of the Trump-era policy Title 42, calling it "illegal" and "inhumane." Koh wrote in his Oct. 2 resignation letter that the use of Title 42 "raises significant concerns about whether the United States is living up to its binding obligations under international law," according to Politico, which first reported the resignation. In his letter, Koh wrote of how he has spent his legal career ensuring that the U.S. abides by its obligations under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), a U.N.-reviewed human rights treaty of which the U.S. is a signatory. Koh wrote that he believes that Title 42 violates an article of CAT that prohibits a country from returning a person to a state where they have "substantial grounds for believing he would...
    Karen Musalo, University of California, Hastings The U.S.'s top envoy to Haiti resigned abruptly on Sept. 22, 2021, over the Biden administration's “inhumane" treatment of Haitian migrants crossing the border via Mexico into Texas. The resignation came amid debate over the U.S. decision to deport thousands of Haitians entering the U.S. in search of asylum or a better life. Criticism over the policy mounted as images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback and carrying whip-like cords while encountering migrants gained widespread media attention and criticism from the White House. Border agents denied using whips on migrants. The Conversation asked Karen Musalo, an expert on refugee law and policy, to unpack what went on at the U.S. border and whether the Biden administration is shirking its moral and legal obligations in deporting the Haitian migrants. What's behind the recent surge of Haitian refugees at the Texas border? Haiti is beset by extraordinarily desperate conditions of political chaos and natural disasters, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan criticism over its approach to immigration, the Biden administration on Thursday announced new rules that require authorities to only pursue migrants who recently crossed into the country without permission or are deemed to pose a threat to public safety. The new guidelines replace interim rules issued in February and blocked by a federal judge in August as part of a lawsuit brought by Texas and Louisiana. They break from a more aggressive approach to immigration enforcement under former President Donald Trump, who early in his presidency directed authorities to apprehend anyone who was in the country illegally. The release comes as President Joe Biden has come under fire from allies for his reliance on a Trump-era public health authority to rapidly expel migrants encountered on the U.S.-Mexico border while also facing Republican criticism that he hasn’t done enough to counter a sharp increase in migrants seeking to enter the country. His administration has expelled at least 5,000 Haitians who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border at Del Rio, Texas, in recent weeks. Department of Homeland Security Secretary...
    Congressmen Clay Higgins and Andy Biggs traveled to the border to probe the ‘legal mechanisms' used to clear the migrant camp with thousands of Haitians near a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, earlier this week. The congressmen appeared on "Fox & Friends Weekend" Sunday to discuss their visit to the southern border.  "We want to make sure were the legal mechanisms followed," said Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La. "We're here to begin a congressional investigation to find out exactly what happened here." The Biden administration confirmed on Friday the migrant camp, which housed around 15,000 Haitian migrants near a bridge in Del Rio, had been cleared.  GOP SENATORS DEMAND EX-BORDER PATROL CHIEF RODNEY SCOTT TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS "There's been absolutely no change in policy because this is a policy and leadership issue," said Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. "It's a failure. " According to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, around 8,000 migrants returned to Mexico, another 5,000 people are still being processed, and around 2,000 were deported back to Haiti.  "So what's going to happen is we've we've heard testimony this week...
    President Joe Biden’s deputies tell Central American migrants this week they will fly their children and other relatives over the U.S. border wall to reunite them with their families across the United States. The administration’s pro-migration officials are offering U.S.-based adult migrants over 21 the taxpayer-funded favor to petition for their families to join them in the U.S. as part of Biden’s version of the Obama-era Central American Minors (CAM) program. Biden’s CAM expanded the categories of migrants who may petition for their families from parents living in the U.S. legally to legal guardians, parents who have been granted emergency “parole,” deportation relief, and even adults with pending claims — not approved requests  — for asylum, among others. Ivania (29, C) from Honduras checks-in for a flight with her family but without her 11-year-old son Jhowell, after being released from a Border Patrol holding center for illegal immigrants, at McAllen airport, Texas, on March 30, 2021. (Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images) In a joint statement issued Monday, the Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) charged with administering CAM, explained: Eligibility to petition will...
    MADRID (AP) — A group of at least 40 migrants attempted to swim from Morocco into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta and threw stones at Spanish police, as top officials wrestled Wednesday with legal issues over what to do with hundreds of unaccompanied minors who got into Ceuta from Morocco three months ago. Migrants trying to reach European soil swam around a fenced breakwater after nightfall Tuesday and confronted Spanish police, one of whom was slightly injured by a stone, local media reported. Attempts to enter Ceuta by sub-Saharan migrants are not uncommon and have led to tension between Madrid and Rabat over whether Morocco is doing enough on its side of the border to stop them. There is a wide buffer zone, policed by both Spain and Morocco, around the fenced breakwater. Cooperation with Morocco is crucial for Spanish authorities trying to hold back large numbers of migrants who mass at the border and look for chances to get across. Spain is also under pressure from migrants trying to reach its Canary Islands by boat from northwestern Africa....
    MCALLEN, Texas — Some migrants who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation late Saturday night said they plan on working when they settle in the interior of the U.S. Others said they want to study first so they can better support their families. A migrant man from Honduras told the DCNF that he worked dishwashing and other restaurant jobs in Guatemala before crossing through Mexico and eventually illegally entering the U.S. near La Joya, Texas. He and another Honduran man said they plan to study so they can better support themselves and their families once they’re settled in the U.S. “You need to suffer for it. You need to sweat for it,” an Ecuadorian man told the DCNF shortly after illegally entering the U.S. near Hidalgo Point of Entry in southern Texas late Saturday night. “You need to start from zero to show that the situation costs.”  A group of at least 100 migrants waited outside a COVID-19 testing center after being released from federal custody in downtown McAllen, Texas, on August 6, 2021. (Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller...
    President Joe Biden’s border officials are now declaring a crackdown on illegal migrants after choosing to admit roughly 700,000 economic migrants in seven months across the Mexican border. “Any single adult who is apprehended along the Southwest border who has previously been apprehended and deported under Title 8 will be referred to prosecution,” said Manuel Padilla, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s operations directorate, said in the State Department’s Friday press conference. If implemented, the policy would be a big but cosmetic shift in the welcome policy set by homeland security chief Alejandro Mayorkas. Currently, Mayorkas sends caught migrants back to Mexico so they can rest and try again. On July 11, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported: Nearly everyone interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune shortly after being expelled to Tijuana said that they had tried crossing the border three or more times in recent weeks in hopes of getting in. One man, who declined to be identified, said he’d lost count of how many times he tried. He tossed out a guess — 30. Whatever the words, the actual impact of a promised...
    Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, said on Saturday that President Joe Biden should be impeached, adding her voice to a growing chorus of high-profile conservatives in the media fed up with the current administration. Ellis said Biden is engaging in unconstitutional behavior and violating his oath of office with his handling of the southern border situation, and encouraged Republicans to start talking about impeachment now even though they are currently in the minority in Congress. She pointed to reporting that the Biden administration is preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccines to migrants in U.S. custody as they await processing by border officials. The number of migrants attempting to cross the barrier illegally is breaking records, and health concerns are being raised as some illegal immigrants have tested positive for COVID-19 as they are dumped into communities by federal officials to await immigration proceedings. "This is something that is so disgusting and disturbing of the Biden administration that they are refusing to protect the American citizens first by closing the border. And you know,...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not say Thursday whether the Biden administration will require vaccines for migrants coming across the southern border even as she acknowledged that the administration is considering mandating vaccines for foreign travelers entering the United States.  Psaki was asked repeatedly about the specifics of the administration's internal deliberation regarding requirements for international travelers. She did not go into specifics and said the U.S. is "not at that point" of relaxing travel rules "because of the delta variant." She did say mandating vaccines is "strongly under consideration."  But Psaki dodged a question directly asking whether the administration would require migrants in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to get vaccinated as hundreds of thousands rush across the U.S. border every month. Thousands of them are being released into American cities.  "That's not what the CBP is doing," Psaki said of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) administering vaccines. "There are NGOs and other international organizations who are vaccinating migrants as they come across the border as they work in partnership with us. Certainly...
    The Biden administration aims to spend millions of dollars to cover the cost of lawyers for migrants who have illegally entered the country, a prospect that has infuriated immigration restrictionists. President Joe Biden proposed in his immigration plan released this week that Congress should make available $15 million to cover the costs of private lawyers for “families and vulnerable individuals,” with another $23 million to cover legal orientation programs administered by the Justice Department. The proposal, first outlined in Biden's fiscal year 2022 budget, is the first time that an administration has proposed covering such an expense, and the White House has not shared additional information. The $15 million in funding would only be enough to cover several thousand people, according to a study from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Immigration lawyers charge between $150 and $300 per hour. Heritage senior fellow for homeland security Lora Ries last year examined deportation defense costs to provide a frame of reference for asylum cases and found each person spent between $2,000 and $10,000. At the lower end of $2,000 per...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to withdraw the “dangerous and unlawful” executive order he instituted on Wednesday aimed at restricting the transport of illegal migrants in Texas who may have COVID-19. Garland said Abbott’s order, which provides that “no person, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to a group of migrants,” cannot be lawfully enforced. He threatened to take legal action against Texas if the Republican governor doesn’t withdraw the order. “The order would jeopardize the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody, federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and our communities,” Garland told Abbott in a letter Thursday, also saying Texas can’t enforce the order against federal officials or private organizations working with the federal government. TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT CLAMPS DOWN ON MIGRANT TRANSPORTS TO STOP COVID-19 SPREAD IN COMMUNITIES Garland cited the Constitution’s supremacy clause, saying, “A state may not interfere with or obstruct these federal officials in the performance of their duties.” Abbott’s Wednesday order followed news of...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened Texas with legal action Thursday, following an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that barred ground transportation of migrants who could be carrying COVID-19.  Abbott's order came amid reports of federal authorities dropping COVID-positive migrants into Texas border towns.  Garland told Abbott to "immediately rescind" the executive order he called "both dangerous and unlawful." GOV. ABBOTT DENIES REQUESTS FROM MAYOR AND JUDGE TO ENFORCE MASKS IN SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS "The Order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the Executive Order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States," Garland wrote in a letter to Abbott. The executive order issued Wednesday by Abbott restricted ground transportation of migrants "who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities." Abbott directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to stop any vehicle reasonably suspected of violating his order. "The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to immediately revoke an executive order that instructs state authorities to stop vehicles suspected of carrying migrants released from U.S. Border Patrol custody, arguing that such a directive is illegal and unconstitutional. On Wednesday, Abbott, a Republican who has vocally opposed the Biden administration's immigration policies, ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety to stop and re-route vehicles "upon reasonable suspicion" that they may be transporting migrants who crossed the southern border without authorization. Abbott said the order is designed to protect Texas communities from migrants who could spread the coronavirus, accusing the Biden administration of fueling a public health crisis along the borderlands by scaling back Trump-era restrictions. But Garland wrote in a letter to Abbott did not have the legal authority to issue such orders, asserting that the governor's directive interfered with federal immigrant enforcement and could jeopardize the health of migrants in U.S. government custody. "Among other harms, the Order would exacerbate and prolong overcrowding in facilities and shelters and obstruct the federal government's arrangements...
    Florida State Representative and U.S. Congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini (R) filed a bill Thursday to mandate workers provide evidence of legal status to be employed by all government or non-government employers, as migrants are flowing into the state. “JUST FILED my first Bill for the 2022 FL Legislative Session. HB 6001 will mandate the use of E-Verify in FL, requiring ALL workers prove that they are legal BEFORE they can work in our State,” Sabatini tweeted. “With 70% of all new illegals coming straight to Florida, we MUST pass this Bill!” JUST FILED my first Bill for the 2022 FL Legislative Session. HB 6001 will mandate the use of E-Verify in FL, requiring ALL workers prove that they are legal BEFORE they can work in our State. With 70% of all new illegals coming straight to Florida, we MUST pass this Bill! ???????? pic.twitter.com/0eIdn3EzRv — Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) July 22, 2021 Florida state law only mandates government employees and select private employers use E-Verify to obtain work. Sabatini’s legislation would mandate the same rule for all private enterprises. “The pro-illegal immigration...
    ALMA, Mich. (AP) — A proposal to turn a former nursing home into temporary housing for young migrants is getting a lot of attention in a central Michigan community. About 400 people attended a public hearing Monday at Alma High School. Warwick Living Center would be leased to Bethany Christian Services to provide housing for boys for up to 40 days or until a sponsor can be found. READ MORE: Police Chase In Michigan Ends With Suspect Killed In Ohio The boys, ages 12 to 17, crossed the southern U.S. border without parents or guardians and do not have legal status in this country. The Alma Planning Commission is being asked to recommend approval of a rezoning request, which must ultimately go to the City Commission. “We keep unaccompanied children safe,” said Krista Stevens of Bethany. “For many of them, this is truly a life-and-death situation.” READ MORE: Bomb Threat Closed Mackinac Bridge For 3 Hours On July 18 Forty people spoke at the meeting, including 25 who opposed the rezoning, The Morning Sun reported. “A legal entity can’t be denied...
    Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, on Thursday moved to stop a $50 million pilot program that would use taxpayer money to pay for lawyers to represent migrants who had crossed the southern border.  The Commerce-Justice-Science Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Appropriations Bill establishes a $50 million pilot program to "provide legal representation to immigrant children and families seeking asylum and other forms of legal protection in the United States." REPUBLICANS SOUND ALARM ON DEMOCRATS' AMNESTY PUSH FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN $3.5T BUDGET PACKAGE  Hinson argued that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) gives access to counsel for those seeking asylum, but at no expense to the government, while Health and Human Services (HHS) has similar programs for unaccompanied children. "The key difference between these programs is what this is about. This one applies to adult illegal immigrants seeking ‘other forms of legal protection,’" she said. So when you look at who that would include and who would fall into that category that is where the concern is – those without credible fear claims or those who have criminal backgrounds."  "This program is...
    President Joe Biden’s border chief told government leaders in Guatemala that he is seeking to create “other legal paths” for migrants to enter the United States, according to a Spanish-language news agency. Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Tuesday. Spanish news wire EFE quoted the DHS secretary as saying he discussed creating “other legal paths so that people do not need to migrate irregularly, putting the lives of children or their trust in people who do not have permits at risk.” “The fact that people leave [Guatemala] for different reasons is driving them to put their lives at the discretion of traffickers, in whose hands we cannot guarantee their safety. We have started and developed programs so that the population does not have to travel in an insecure way,” Mayorkas added. Mayorkas, who arrived in Guatemala for a two-day visit Tuesday, noted the U.S. already provides Guatemalans H-2B visas for temporary jobs and H-2A visas for agricultural work. The DHS chief also signed two agreements to combat organized crime and tackle...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  The Biden administration solicited information that could help form a National Case Management Program to track up to 100,000 migrants released into the U.S. annually, documents uploaded Monday show. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would manage the program aimed at migrant adults aged 18 to 21 and other “vulnerable populations” to make sure the migrants are safe and prepared to attend their immigration court hearings, documents show. The request is solely for information gathering and does not mean the federal government will contract with any company that responds. The program would “ensure that the program participants are safe, stable, and able to prepare for and attend their upcoming court dates and other immigration obligations and have access to legal and other services as needed while in the community,” according to the documents. Migrant families and young adults would be able to access case management services, receive information regarding their legal obligations and be connected with community services through the National Case Management Program, according to the documents. Border officials encountered...
    One million migrants have crossed the border since October, according to a June 29 report by CNN. CNN reported: More than 1 million migrants have been arrested after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border since last October, according to two US Department of Homeland Security [DHS] officials, surpassing the 2019 border crisis tally with three months still left in the fiscal year. The June 2021 numbers have not been finalized, CNN reported. But the numbers are likely to reach almost 190,000, despite the rising temperature, according to CNN’s report: In June, more than 6,300 people on average have been encountered crossing the border every day, according to one official, citing the 21-day average. The southern numbers do not include the annual steady of roughly 1 million legal immigrants, the roughly 800,000 temporary visa workers, and the people who overstay their legal visas. The one million number also does not include the 250,000 migrants who have sneaked across the border, according to agency reports provided to Breitbart. In May, 180,000 migrants were caught crossing the southern border. Most were sent back to...
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