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    The Department of Homeland Security, 12 days before President Joe Biden was sworn in, struck a “binding” deal with Texas agreeing to consult with the state for 180 days before making changes to immigration policy, effectively tying the hands of the new administration. That Jan. 8 accord between Texas Governor Greg Abbott and then-acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli is at the center of the first major lawsuit against the Biden administration. On Friday, the state accused the federal government of violating the deal by planning a 100-day pause on deportations without first giving Texas a chance to object. “Texas faces irreparable harm from having to provide costly educational, social, welfare, health care, and other services to illegal aliens who remain in Texas because Defendants have ceased removing them,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in the state’s filing. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton in Victoria, Texas, heard arguments...
    HOLLYWOOD -- George Lopez is back on the big screen... and he's wearing a badge. He plays a Texas Ranger in the drama, "No Man's Land."It's a big picture story involving immigration...centered on a border crossing turned deadly and the unbearable pain it causes for everyone involved. The film is set in an area between the Rio Grande and the border walls and fences that separate Mexico from the U.S.One night, an illegal crossing on a Texas family's ranch in that vicinity results in chaos...and the fatal shooting of a Mexican boy. The young shooter flees to Mexico for what becomes a life-changing journey."I think what we were really trying to say is that there is no easy answer to what's happening at the border. And the sooner we all just recognize that, the sooner we can actually try and fix it," said actor Jake Allyn."I grew up in a...
    U.S. immigration authorities on Friday began implementing a 100-day moratorium on deportations of certain immigrants already in the country as part of a major shift in immigration enforcement policy under President Biden. The freeze, a pledge Mr. Biden made during the campaign, will temporarily shield most immigrants facing deportation from being removed from the U.S. until May, as long as they entered the country before November 1, 2020.  Immigrants suspected of terrorism or espionage — as well those deemed to pose a threat to national security — won't benefit from the moratorium, which was authorized by a memo signed by acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske. The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement can also decide to make an exception to the deportations freeze, and immigrants may volunteer to be deported. Pekoske's directive also issued new interim guidelines, set to take effect February 1, that will instruct immigration agents to...
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Friday called for the Biden administration to clarify the scope of its 100-day moratorium on deportations and other immigration enforcement measures, amid fears that the radical move would allow violent criminals to remain in the U.S. "I am concerned that such directives will prevent the removal of illegal immigrants with existing removal orders, including those with serious criminal records and convicted of violent crimes such as rape, sexual assault and other aggravated felonies," Rubio said in a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IMPOSES 100-DAY 'PAUSE' ON DEPORTATIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS "It is deeply troubling that one of the first actions taken by the Biden administration could undermine the safety and security of all Americans, including immigrants," he said. Rubio Letter to Pekoske by Fox News on Scribd President Biden had promised during the campaign to implement a 100-day moratorium on...
    Agnes Gibboney, whose son Ronald da Silva was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in 2002, told "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday that President Biden's order halting all deportations for the next 100 days is "spitting on the faces of every legal immigrant in this country." According to Gibboney, herself a legal immigrant to the U.S. from Hungary, the practical effect of the order is that "we are no longer citizens. We are second-class citizens, and it's a disgrace." AGNES GIBBONEY: I feel as a legal immigrant that this government is spitting on the faces of every legal immigrant in this country that contributed to this nation. As of January 20th, [the] United States officially became the socialist United States of America. We are no longer citizens. We are second-class citizens, and it's a disgrace. We have a COVID issue in this country. We need money to to help our country. But no,...
    Mitch McConnell has accused Joe Biden of being headed in 'the wrong direction' on his first full day in office. McConnell, who until the Senate switched hands on Wednesday was the Majority Leader, said that he had been unimpressed with the initial actions of Biden, who he has known for decades, and accused him of being beholden to a Left-wing fringe of his party. Biden was in the Senate from 1973 to 2009. McConnell, who like Biden is 78, has been in the Senate since 1985. The Kentucky Republican, now Senate Minority Leader, was unimpressed by Biden's actions on immigration, climate change, civil rights and COVID. Mitch McConnell on Thursday expressed concern at Joe Biden's initial moves as president Biden, who has known McConnell for almost 40 years, spent his day undoing Trump policies Biden signed 17 Executive Orders or actions on Wednesday afternoon, getting to work immediately...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden’s aggressive effort to overturn former President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on Thursday. One reporter noted the majority of Biden’s executive actions on his first day were focused on immigration, rather than fighting the coronavirus. “I wouldn’t read into that, other than immigration we consider as part of racial equity, which is a broad issue but that’s how the president has spoken about that crisis over the past several months,” Psaki said when asked about Biden’s efforts to overturn Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Biden signed executive actions terminating Trump’s orders declaring a national emergency on the Southern border to fund the construction of a border wall, rescinding the exclusion of non-citizens from the census, ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy for refugees, and suspending most deportations for 100 days. Biden also released a bill to give amnesty to all illegal...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Thursday, Jan. 21President Biden requires masks for travel, lays groundwork for reopening schoolsWith a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that the nation's COVID-19 response is under new management and he's demanding progress to reduce infections and lift the siege Americans have endured for nearly a year.The 10 orders signed by Biden are aimed at jump starting his national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing, lay the groundwork for reopening schools and businesses, and immediately increase the use of masks -...
    President Joe Biden. President Joe Biden on his first day in office issued a historic, far-reaching slate of orders rescinding some of his predecessor’s most horrific anti-immigrant actions, including the discriminatory Muslim ban and halting construction on the border wall Mexico never did end up paying for, as well as putting into place actions championed by immigrant rights advocates during the 2020 presidential election, including a 100-day moratorium on many deportations. To put it simply, for immigrant families and advocates deluged by intentionally cruel and racist policies during the past four years, Day One was a big fucking deal. Let’s dig into yesterday’s actions. MUSLIM BAN Fulfilling a Day One promise, President Biden rescinded the discriminatory Muslim ban and a subsequent expansion that further blocked people from a number of African nations, calling the policies in “a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all faiths and no...
    During CNN’s Inauguration coverage on Wednesday, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) stated that he thinks we can go farther than the immigration package proposed by President Biden and that shortening the eight-year citizenship time period for illegal immigrants is on the table. Padilla said, “I think we might be able to do even more. I know Republican members are already trying to poke holes in it, take shots at it. The eight-year time period to wait, you know, I think it’s on the table to maybe shorten that a little bit. But here’s another element that hasn’t been focused on yet: the cost of the naturalization application itself. You know, it’s one thing to say, well, we need a path to citizenship for all undocumented individuals. I firmly believe that. But for the millions of eligible immigrants that can become citizens, sometimes it’s frankly cost prohibitive, plus the wait times that...
    On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive actions, some of which reverse decisions made by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.   Several executive actions will make changes to the U.S. response to COVID-19 and try to ease some of the financial strain on Americans resulting from the pandemic. Other executive actions directly target and undo Mr. Trump's actions on the environment, immigration, the U.S. census, and regulatory changes.   Mr. Biden signed three executive orders in the presence of reporters — implementing a mask mandate on federal property, increasing support for underserved communities and rejoining the Paris climate accord.  "I thought there's no time to wait. Get to work immediately," he said.  President Joe Biden pauses as he signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Evan...
    The Biden administration on Wednesday issued a 100-day "pause" on deportations of illegal immigrants -- a dramatic move that caps a slew of immigration-related moves on President Biden’s first day in office. Acting Department Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske signed a memorandum to review immigration enforcement policies. Part of that includes a 100-day pause, beginning Friday, of "certain noncitizens ordered deported." BIDEN IMMIGRATION BILL WOULD PUT MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ON 8-YEAR FAST-TRACK TO CITIZENSHIP "The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century," DHS said in a statement. Biden had promised to implement a 100-day moratorium during the 2020 campaign, and the order from DHS fulfills that promise. It would apply to...
    At the start of his presidency, few expected Joe Biden to go that far on immigration. A barrage of executive orders issued Wednesday reversed many of his predecessor Donald Trump’s initiatives. For example: they order to stop the work on the border wall with Mexico, lift restrictions on the arrival of people from several Muslim countries and reverse plans to exclude from the 2020 census those who live without permission in the country. Six of Biden’s 17 orders, memoranda and proclamations are related to immigration. Biden also ordered that steps be taken to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has protected hundreds of thousands of people who came to the United States as children from deportation since which was established in 2012. Additionally, Biden extended until June 2020 the temporary legal status for Liberians fleeing the civil war and the Ebola outbreak. But that’s just...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Among a series of executive orders issued by President Joe Biden on the first day of his term were actions reversing immigration policies of his predecessor. The Biden administration has plans to tackle one of the thorniest issues in American politics, an effort that’s already garnered praise and criticism. “I came to this country when I was three years old and my sister was one years old,” said Flor Martinez, a so-called “Dreamer” who hopes someday to become a U.S. citizen. DREAMers are immigrant youth who qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. “We need help. And we have hope for this new administration to do their part and be the change that we’re looking for,” said Martinez. President Biden has a immigration reform plan ready to present to Congress. The new administration would like recipients of  Deferred Action for...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the opening salvo of his presidency, few expected Joe Biden to be so far-reaching on immigration. A raft of executive orders signed Wednesday undoes many of his predecessor’s hallmark initiatives, such as halting work on a border wall with Mexico, lifting a travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries and reversing plans to exclude people in the country illegally from the 2020 census. Six of Biden’s 17 orders, memorandums and proclamations deal with immigration. He ordered efforts to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program known as DACA that has shielded hundreds of thousands of people who came to the U.S. as children from deportation since it was introduced in 2012. He also extended temporary legal status to Liberians who fled civil war and the Ebola outbreak to June 2022. But that’s just the beginning. Biden’s most ambitious proposal, unveiled Wednesday, is...
    Biden orders to protect the « dreamers » and to stop building a wall with Mexico. (Free Press Photo: .) After four years of heavy hand against immigrants by the outgoing president, Donald Trump, the transition team of Biden announced this Wednesday, January 20, the details of the bill that the Democrat sends to Congress as part of his commitment to “modernize” the immigration system, dubbed the “US Citizenship Act of 2021”. The initiative, which must receive the approval of both legislative chambers, dominated by Democrats, aims to manage and protect the border in a “responsible manner”, keep “families and communities safe and better manage migration throughout the hemisphere,” he said. a statement. If approved, Biden’s bill would represent the largest immigration reform since the government of Republican Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), which legalized 3 million undocumented immigrants in 1986. Citizenship, a longing for years Not surprisingly, and as its name...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed wide-ranging executive orders Wednesday to end travel restrictions from predominantly Muslim and African countries, initiate a halt to border wall funding and strengthen protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The orders dismantled major portions of former President Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration policies. Travel restrictions The Biden-Harris White House reversed proclamations that barred most people from several majority Muslim and African countries to travel to the U.S. In a conference call with reporters, Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, described Trump’s policy as “nothing less than a stain on our nation” and “rooted in xenophobia and religious animus.” The former Trump White House had defended the proclamations as needed to keep America safe. Though the order says it will provide relief for families that were separated by Trump’s travel restrictions, it also calls for strengthening screening and vetting for travelers...
    Loading the player... In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executives orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises. Highlights of actions Biden is taking Wednesday: U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MASK REQUIREMENT: Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. Consistently masking up is a practice that science has shown to be effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, particularly when social distancing is difficult to maintain. Read More: Biden officially takes over POTUS Twitter account He is challenging all Americans to wear...
    Inaugurating what is anticipated as a new era in the White House, US President Joe Biden fulfilled his electoral promise to present a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to immigration on his first day in office. citizenship for some 11 million undocumented in the country. Four years after outgoing President Donald Trump’s strong hand against immigrants, Biden’s transition team announced Wednesday the details of the bill that the Democrat sends to Congress today as part of his commitment to “modernize” the immigration system, called the “US Citizenship Act of 2021”. The initiative, which must receive the approval of both legislative chambers, dominated by Democrats, aims to manage and protect the border in a “responsible manner”, keep “families and communities safe and better manage migration throughout the Hemisphere,” he said. a statement. If approved, Biden’s bill would represent the largest immigration reform since the government of Republican Ronald Reagan...
    Joe Biden, fulfilled his electoral promise to present on his first day in office a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for some 11 million undocumented in the country | 01/20/2021 | ionicons-v5-c16: 54 | . | USA- Inaugurating what is anticipated as a new era in the White House, the president of U.S, Joe biden, fulfilled his electoral promise to present on his first day in office a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented in the country. After four years of strong hand against immigrants by the outgoing president, Donald Trump, Biden’s transition team announced this Wednesday the details of the bill that the Democrat sends to Congress today as part of his commitment to « modernize » the system. of immigration, denominated « Law of Citizenship of U.S 2021 « . The initiative, which must receive the approval...
    Reuters January 20, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday began signing 15 executive actions addressing the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and racial inequality, and undoing some policies put in place by his predecessor Donald Trump. The actions, fulfilling his promise to move quickly on Day One of his presidency, initiate the process of the United States rejoining the Paris climate accord and include the revocation of the presidential permit granted for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The steps Biden is taking will end a travel ban Trump put in place on some majority-Muslim countries. He is also calling upon his administration to strengthen the DACA program for immigrants brought to the United States as children. The new president is also ordering the wearing of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings and on all federal lands and is ending a national emergency declaration that...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders from the Oval Office hours after his inauguration.Biden wore a mask while seated behind the Resolute Desk with a stack of orders early Wednesday evening. He said there was "no time to start like today."The first order Biden signed was related to the coronavirus pandemic. He also signed an order reentering the U.S. into the Paris climate accord.Highlights of actions Biden is taking Wednesday:THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICMASK REQUIREMENT: Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. Consistently masking up is a practice that science has shown to be effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, particularly when social distancing is difficult to maintain.He is challenging all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration. That's a critical period,...
    New York : Joe Biden in the Oval Office. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / . President Joe Biden set a date for the first immigration measures of his term. According to The Hill publication, the new tenant of the White House It has 53 executive matters on the table that it will reveal until the end of January, focusing each day on a specific topic. Among the actions expected for January 29, the day that will be allocated to the immigration, Biden is anticipated to order a review of the “Public charge”. That regulation approved by Trump affects immigrants who apply for a visa to the United States or wish to obtain their permanent residence card in case it is determined that it may be a “Public charge” for the country. Biden also plans to present immigration reform in the first months of his administration. Coronavirus...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden signs 1st executive orders, targeting Trump policies on immigration, climate change, racial equity and virus. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MEXICO CITY – President Joe Biden should quickly fulfill campaign promises to launch an immigration plan, including giving dual nationality to Mexicans working in the United States, Mexico’s president said on Wednesday. Immigration has become a priority issue for Biden, who is planning to roll back his predecessor’s harsh measures and enact sweeping reforms that would put 11 million people living illegally in the U.S on a path to citizenship. FILE: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador attends the commemoration of his second anniversary in office at the National Palace in Mexico City.  (AP) "I hope that today or in the coming days he presents the migration plan," Lopez Obrador said. "What it is going to consist of, how they are going to respect their right to be recognized, that they get dual nationality." He said such a move should complement policies to support poor Central American nations and...
    (CNN)Days from the end of Donald Trump's term, his administration rushed to push through possible legal land mines to make President Joe Biden's goal of immigration reform more difficult.Biden has outlined an ambitious immigration agenda that would reverse the actions of his predecessor, vowing, for example, to undo policies that largely sealed the US off to immigrants and halt construction of the border wall.But the Trump administration was determined not to make it easy, according to multiple officials."Anything to make it difficult," a Department of Homeland Security official told CNN. Biden to start fast on immigration with DACA, border wall and travel ban"The political appointees in the immigration field are going to be working right down to the buzzer to complete as much as the President (Trump)'s agenda as possible because they know there's going to be a scorched earth effort from the Biden administration to undo it," one source...
    President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE is poised to take action on 53 executive items over the next 10 days as he seeks to rapidly reverse some Trump administration policies and implement his own, according to a document outlining the schedule for Biden’s first two weeks in office. The document, which was obtained by The Hill, shows that Biden will take executive action each weekday through the end of January, with each day centered around specific themes such as climate, economic relief, health care and immigration. The timetable lays out which days Biden is expected to act on anticipated items such as reversing the Mexico City policy, creating a task force to reunite separated migrant families and establishing a policing commission. The schedule notes that the specifics of certain executive...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) — On his first day in office, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 17 executive actions — 15 will be executive orders, some of which will reverse decisions made by his predecessor, President Trump. The executive actions will make changes to the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic and try to ease some of the financial strain placed on Americans resulting from the pandemic. But other executive actions directly target and undo Mr. Trump’s actions on the environment, immigration, the U.S. census, and regulatory changes. Mr. Biden will sign the executive actions in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday night. Incoming top Biden White House advisers outlined and described the actions on a press call Tuesday evening, but the specific text of the executive orders and actions is not yet available. Biden aides...
    A protester holds up a sign during a rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court.Caroline Brehman/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.As he promised during his campaign, on his first day in office President Joe Biden will attempt to reverse a number of former president Donald Trump’s most draconian immigration policies. He is sending a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress and signing several executive actions that will halt the wall construction projects along the Southern border and stop the ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. “This is an important step in providing relief to individuals and families harmed by this Trump Administration policy that is inconsistent with American values,” a press release says, referring to the abolition of the travel ban. Additionally, the incoming president is signing a memorandum aimed at “reserving and fortifying...
    On his first day in office, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 17 executive actions —15 will be executive orders, some of which will reverse decisions made by his predecessor, President Trump.   The executive actions will make changes to the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic and try to ease some of the financial strain placed on Americans resulting from the pandemic. But other executive actions directly target and undo President Trump's actions on the environment, immigration, the U.S. census, and regulatory changes.   Mr. Biden will sign the executive actions in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday night.    Incoming top Biden White House advisers outlined and described the actions on a press call Tuesday evening, but the specific text of the executive orders and actions is not yet available. Biden aides also promised there...
    WASHINGTON -- In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executives orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises.Highlights of actions Biden is taking Wednesday:THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICMASK REQUIREMENT: Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. Consistently masking up is a practice that science has shown to be effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, particularly when social distancing is difficult to maintain.He is challenging all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration. That's a critical period, since communities will still be vulnerable to the virus even as the pace of vaccination increases in pursuit of Biden's goal of 100 million shots in 100 days.WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: Biden also is directing the government...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will kick off his term by rolling out a series of immigration executive actions, moving swiftly to undo many Trump administration policies. Biden outlined an ambitious immigration agenda on the campaign trail that would reverse the actions of his predecessor, vowing, for example, to introduce comprehensive immigration legislation and maintain programs that provide relief to immigrants living in the United States. While some changes can be jump-started through executive actions this week, other immigration policy changes will take more time, which Biden has acknowledged. Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans"It's a matter of it will get done -- and it will get done quickly -- but it's not going to be able to be done on Day One, lift every restriction that exists ... and all of a sudden find out we have a crisis on our hand...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE plans to reverse a number of immigration actions taken by the Trump administration on his first say in office, including immediately pausing construction of the border wall and putting a stop to the so-called Muslim travel ban. After being sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, Biden will revoke the emergency proclamation that sped construction of a wall along the border with Mexico. He will also reinstate normal visa processing practices with 13 countries, many with Muslim-majority populations. “This ban, which restricted issuance of visas to individuals from many Muslim and African countries, was nothing less than a stain on our nation. It was rooted in xenophobia and religious animus and President-elect Biden has been clear that we will not turn our...
    In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executives orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises. Highlights of actions Biden is taking Wednesday: THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MASK REQUIREMENT: Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. Consistently masking up is a practice that science has shown to be effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, particularly when social distancing is difficult to maintain. He is challenging all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration. That’s a critical period, since communities will still be vulnerable to the virus even as the pace of vaccination increases in pursuit of Biden’s goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: Biden also is...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In first hours as president, Biden to sign 15 executive actions reversing Trump policies on climate, immigration, virus. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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    A group of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico is calling upon the incoming Biden administration to reverse President Trump’s signature policies on immigration, namely an end to the "Remain in Mexico Policy." The group spoke Tuesday at a virtual press conference organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an immigration rights group known for organizing high-profile migrant caravans in Mexico and Central America. A four-minute video played reiterating demands outlined in an open letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. "We are confident that in your new administration, many of the proposals that you have made in your campaign related to the defense of migrants, will be put into practice, as soon as possible," the letter read. The organizers noted that thousands of families have, for more than a year, been waiting at the border in dangerous areas while their asylum requests are being processed....
    Chad Wolf resigned from his position as the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security with 10 days left in President Trump's term. In a wide-ranging conversation with the Washington Examiner this week, Wolf discussed why he suddenly chose to leave the government, what he views as the biggest accomplishment of the department under his leadership, and how he thinks the incoming Biden administration will handle issues such as migration and civil unrest. Wolf is still at DHS in his Senate-confirmed role as undersecretary for strategy, policy, and plans. Washington Examiner: You've been at DHS several years under the Trump administration, including almost 15 months as its leader. What do you see as your biggest accomplishment, and how do you expect it to fare under the Biden administration? Wolf: We did have positive impact across the board so especially, talk about border security and getting an effective border...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will unveil a comprehensive immigration plan on his first day in office, a source familiar with the proposal tells CNN, describing an agenda that provides a multi-year pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.The plan, which also would aim to address the root cause of migration from countries in Central America and improve the use of technology at the border, will be sent to Congress on Wednesday, shortly after Biden is inaugurated, the source said.Biden promised during the campaign that he would make immigration reform a priority as president, a move that ran directly counter to the anti-immigration rhetoric and action that defined President Donald Trump's four years in office. The President-elect also received pressure from immigration groups throughout the campaign, many of whom worried that the deportation that happened during the Obama presidency would continue in the Biden administration.Biden...
    A radical immigration overhaul to be proposed this week by President-elect Joe Biden would include a path to citizenship that could see millions of illegal immigrants become U.S. citizens in just eight years. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told Univision last week that the immigration bill would be "first order of business" and will be about "creating a pathway for people to earn citizenship." She said that pathway would be eight years long. BIDEN CONFRONTED WITH MIGRANT CARAVAN CHALLENGE AS HE TAKES OFFICE, GOP BLAMES CAMPAIGN RHETORIC  The Washington Post reported Monday that the bill, to be unveiled on Inauguration Day Wednesday, would put illegal immigrants into protected status and a five-year pathway to a green card. If they meet certain conditions, such as payment of taxes and a background check, they could then be put on a three-year pathway to citizenship. Some estimates put the population of illegal immigrants at around 12 million as...
    More On: immigration Migrant caravan blocked near Guatemalan border Guatemala forces stall migrant caravan with tear gas, batons Joe Biden plans to introduce immigration bill ‘immediately’: reports Clashes reported as migrant caravan attempts to cross into Guatemala Even before Joe Biden is sworn in as president, his administration is facing an immigration crisis entirely of the Democrats’ making.  After repeatedly promising to reverse the Trump administration’s strict immigration and border policies, the incoming Biden administration suddenly realizes there are consequences. Biden’s message to would-be migrants, reports NBC News, is this: Don’t come — at least not yet. A senior Biden administration transition official is quoted as saying that migrants “need to understand they’re not going to be able to come into the United States immediately.”  But the migrants aren’t waiting. Inspired by hopes of getting into the United States under a more lenient Biden administration, a caravan of some...
    House Democrats are in lockstep on attempting to pass expansions of legal immigration, crippling enforcement measures, and amnesty for illegal aliens, a new analysis finds. The analysis conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reviewed ten pieces of legislation last year, including the amnesties known as the American Dream and Promise Act, the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, and the HEROES Act and how each member of Congress voted. The average Democrat in Congress, the analysis found, voted 98 percent of the time for the legislation with just two percent of Democrats on average voting in opposition. Meanwhile, the average Republican voted against the legislation about 90 percent of the time. While 119 Democrats voted to pass all ten pieces of legislation, 51 House Republicans, FAIR notes, voted 100 percent of the time against the legislation, including: Mike Rogers (AL-03), Robert Aderholt (AL-04),...
    More On: immigration Guatemala forces stall migrant caravan with tear gas, batons Joe Biden plans to introduce immigration bill ‘immediately’: reports Clashes reported as migrant caravan attempts to cross into Guatemala Migrant caravan on the move in Honduras in uncertain times Democrats apparently aren’t the only ones getting excited over Joe Biden’s swearing in. Thousands of South American migrants trekking to the US border — amid Biden’s announcement of a rollback on Day 1 of President Trump’s border policies — remain stalled in Guatemala after clashing with police and soldiers who deployed batons and tear gas after they entered the country over the weekend.  The group of about 8,000 migrants made up of families and young children entered Guatemala on Friday but encountered a line of National Guard troops and immigration officials that halted their march across the country to the Mexican border and eventually into the US.   Mark...
    Shortly after taking office this week, President-elect Joe Biden plans to begin gradually making it easier to seek asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border, impose a deportation moratorium and extend protections for so-called "Dreamers" using his executive authority, people briefed on the plans told CBS News. He also plans to propose a broad immigration bill that, if passed by Congress, could legalize millions of immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission. But in an early sign that the incoming president could struggle to fulfill some of his bolder campaign promises, Mr. Biden is asking immigration reform advocates for patience, cautioning that his administration and Congress may not be able to pass a large-scale immigration revamp in the first 100 days of his presidency, according to three participants in a meeting the Biden team held with Latino leaders last week.  Mr. Biden and his team cited the ongoing pandemic, the...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to immediately put forward legislation offering a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Four people who have been briefed on the plan say Biden plans to announce the legislation on his first day in office, according to the Associated Press. “This really does represent a historic shift from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda that recognizes that all of the undocumented immigrants that are currently in the United States should be placed on a path to citizenship,” Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said about the plan, which she was briefed on. Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, confirmed Saturday that Biden would send an immigration bill to Congress “on his first day in office” but did not elaborate on what was in the plan. Biden is also expected to sign a variety of executive orders on his first day in office,...
    New York : On the first day of his government, the president-elect Joe biden will present a reform proposal to seek to grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. Democrat’s plan has even surprised immigrant advocates, since a plan of that magnitude has divided the members of his party, added to the differences with Republicans, he indicated The Associated Press, which quotes four people who know the president-elect’s plans. In addition to seeking to protect dreamers with a modification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), during his campaign, Biden announced that he would present an immigration reform to seek to naturalize the undocumented who live in the country. The Democrat’s promise has been taken with care by activists, since in 2008 the president Barack Obama He promised immigration reform, an issue that he addressed until the second term, when DACA and DAPA emerged; the latter...
    A government watchdog report has concluded that leaders in President Donald Trump's Justice Department were aware that their zero-tolerance policy would trigger family separations but nevertheless moved forward with prosecutions.  The report from the inspector general for the Justice Department, released Thursday, found that the agency's leaders failed to effectively coordinate with other parts of government or manage the outcome.  More than 3,000 families were separated, resulting in long-term emotional damage to children who were forcibly taken from their parents by U.S. authorities at the border.   The Trump administration policy drew widespread condemnation, with world leaders, elected officials and religious groups denouncing the policy as cruel.  The policy was one of several aimed at preventing migrants from entering the U.S. by crossing the southern border the U.S. shares with Mexico. The report details the key role played by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top Justice Department officials as...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s ruling party said it would back a vote in parliament Thursday on whether a former immigration minister in the previous government can be tried before the rarely used Court of Impeachment for a 2016 order to separate asylum-seeking couples when one of the pair was a minor. The move by the Social Democrats means there is a majority in favor of a trial against Inger Stoejberg, who served as integration minister from June 2015 to 2019. If the vote is successful and Stoejberg is eventually charged and then convicted at a trial, she could face a fine or a maximum two years in prison. Earlier this month, lawyers appointed by parliament said there was a legal basis to charge Stoejberg. They based their conclusion on a report by a commission that said separating couples in asylum centers was “clearly illegal” and that Stoejberg had received...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In an interview with Univision on Tuesday night, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris teased a few details of the Biden administration’s immigration plans, which, with Democrats now in control of Congress, will be proposed “as our first order of business.”  Harris told anchor Ilia Calderón that the plan will include “creating a pathway for people to earn citizenship,” though she didn’t specify how. She said that part of their approach will be to shorten the amount of time it takes to obtain green cards and citizenship.  President-elect Joe Biden said last week that he would introduce an immigration bill soon after taking office, but until Harris’ interview, little was known about the plan. These vague details are the first steps in what immigrant rights...
    Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue says the business group “will work cooperatively” with President-Elect Joe Biden to expand legal immigration levels to the United States in order to fill American jobs with foreign workers as 18 million Americans remain jobless. At an annual event this week, Donohue outlined the group’s plans to work hand-in-hand with incoming Biden administration officials to expand legal immigration levels beyond their already historic rates, where more than 1.2 million green cards are allotted every year and 1.4 million foreign visa workers are admitted to take American jobs annually. Donohue claimed that despite 18 million jobless Americans and another 6.2 million Americans who are underemployed — all of whom want full-time work — the U.S. still has “significant labor shortages” and prided himself on suing President Trump in order to continue importing foreign workers during a mass unemployment crisis. He said: We also have to...
    The United States will maintain its strict policies to stop the flow of undocumented migrants regardless of the arrival of Democrat Joe Biden to the presidency of that country, the US embassy in Mexico warned on Monday. Miami World / diariolasamericas “The immigration policies implemented in recent years continue” in force, said Edgar Ramírez, an attaché of the Department of Homeland Security at the US embassy in Mexico, in a message. These policies include “border crossing restrictions, immediate expulsions due to COVID-19 and migrant protection protocols,” the message added. Ramírez added that his government is aware that there are “rumors” that “immigration policies (of the United States) will change soon” and assured that “there is no way that will happen anytime soon.” The United States Migrant Protection Protocols establish that asylum seekers arriving through its southern border must wait in Mexican territory for the resolution of their cases, the message...
    Chris Markowski, the founder of Markowski Investments, spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck about the December jobs report, the impact lockdowns are having and more. “I don’t think it should be unexpected that the numbers were going to get worse,” Markowski, host of “Watchdog on Wall Street” said of the U.S.  jobs report released Friday, which showed a loss of 140,000 jobs and a 6.7 percent unemployment rate. “Many of the places that are still in lockdown mode — obviously they’re cutting staff for restaurants, bars, other places of entertainment,” he said. (RELATED: Biden COVID-19 Adviser Admits Spring Lockdowns Went Too Far, Violated Public Trust) “I take a look at a list every month of all these great restaurants that I used to go to in New York on a regular basis that are going to be no longer,” Markowski said. “They’re shutting it down for good.” Markowski...
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    SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (KABC) -- A striking and powerful mural now on display in San Fernando depicts the U.S. federal program dealing with the detention of migrant children at the border.The temporary art installation, titled "Children in Cages" was created by local artists Lalo Garcia and approved by the San Fernando City Council back in September.The eight-foot by eight-foot installation depicts children in a room behind a physical chain link fence and was placed on the city-owned wrought iron fence located in the Civic Center parking lot at the corner of First Street and Maclay Avenue, facing the bike path.The mural is expected to be on display until March.City leaders hope the partnership with a nationwide coalition of artists will keep immigration at the forefront of the national policy discussions."The San Fernando City Council is honored to partner with local artist Lalo Garcia to bring awareness of the continued federal...
    Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is likely to sell the UK “down the river on immigration”, predicting that even with the country’s departure from the European Union, illegal immigration will continue at pace. Mr Farage said that anyone who thought that illegal boat migration would cease following Brexit was “mistaken”, pointing to the boatload of migrants who were brought ashore by UK Border Force late last week. The arch-Brexiteer said that despite repeated promises from Home Secretary Priti Patel to end the waves of illegal migrants coming from across the English Channel and the “seemingly endless series of meetings” between Immigration Minister Chris Philp and his French counterparts, “nothing changes”. “There comes a point at which a government which continually breaks a big promise loses the trust of its supporters,” Mr Farage wrote in The Telegraph. Following Britain’s official departure from the European Union...
    President Trump ordered an extension Thursday of immigration restrictions limiting the issuance of some work visas as the U.S. economy contends with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump extended the term of his executive order just hours before it was set to expire. The order will now expire at the end of March, extending into President-elect Joe Biden’s first term in office. The White House has argued the restrictions are necessary to project job opportunities for American workers amid a surge in unemployment during the pandemic. In a proclamation detailing the move, Trump noted that COVID-19 "continues to significantly disrupt Americans' livelihoods." TRUMP IMMIGRATION ORDER ON WORK VISAS SET TO EXPIRE Video"The effects of COVID-19 on the United States labor market and on the health of American communities is a matter of ongoing national concern, and the considerations present in Proclamations 10014 and 10052 have not been eliminated," Trump wrote...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump extended certain restrictions on legal immigration and on visas that allow immigrants to temporarily work in the United States on Thursday, just hours before those restrictions were set to lapse. Trump extended the restrictions through March 31, two months after he will leave office.The continuation of the restrictions, which comes with just 20 days left in the President's term, are the latest effort to bar the entry of immigrants to the country. Restricting immigration has been a focus of the administration since its first days when it issued the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, and it has continued into Trump's final year in office as the White House uses the coronavirus pandemic as cover. In April, Trump signed an immigration proclamation targeting people outside of the US seeking to legally migrate to the US, with some exceptions. That order, which was set to lapse, was extended...
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    President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump calls for end to 'religious persecution worldwide' on 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket's death Michael Cohen interview sparks questions after he mentions prison friends 'Tony Meatballs and Big Minty' Ocasio-Cortez rails against both Democrats and Republicans who opposed ,000 direct payments MORE is facing a fast approaching deadline to extend an executive order he imposed earlier this year suspending various temporary work visas amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump is under pressure from some corners to extend the order into 2021, which would put pressure on the incoming Biden administration over whether to quickly rescind it. The president's advisers are said to be split over whether Trump should act, according to sources familiar with discussions. Trump in June signed an executive order suspending the issuance of H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas. The moratorium on new visas is in place through Dec. 31, meaning Trump has until...
    PASSENGERS on the last flight from South Africa to the UK say they "breezed through immigration" with no warning. Travel from the country into Britain is now banned due to another new Covid strain which appears to have originated there. 7Travellers in Heathrow after the last flights from South Africa landed 7Flights have now stopped coming into the UK from South Africa 7The final flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg landed today There are two recorded cases in the UK, in people who were close contacts of travellers from South Africa. The two are in London and the North West of England. Flights are now banned, but anyone who has entered the UK from the country within the last two weeks must quarantine by law. The last flights arrived from Cape Town and Johannesburg this morning at Heathrow. Passengers told of their surprise there didn't appear to be precautions in...
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    MEXICO CITY - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Saturday committed to work on a humane strategy to regional migration by addressing its root causes in Central America and southern Mexico. The two leaders in a phone call "discussed working together on a new approach to regional migration that offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey to the United States," a summary of the call provided by Biden's team said. The two leaders said they shared a desire to address the reasons for migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southern Mexico. Biden pledged to build "the regional and border infrastructure and capacity needed to facilitate a new orderly and humane approach to migration that will respect international norms regarding the treatment of asylum claims," the statement from Biden's team said. Earlier this week Lopez Obrador suggested the two neighbors under Biden's new...
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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he is eager to work with the Vatican on shared concerns like combatting climate action and protecting migrants. “I look forward to working closely with the Holy See to further advance our shared advocacies on migrants’ protection and climate action for the Philippines,” President Duterte said during the virtual presentation of credentials ceremony of Archbishop Charles Brown, the Vatican’s new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. “These are issues which are a matter of uplifting human dignity and securing the lives of the most disadvantaged,” Duterte added. “There are estimated 10 million Filipinos overseas with close to 3,500 in the Vatican City,” he said. “The Holy See’s call for all countries to protect the dignity of human life including of migrants regardless of status is much appreciated.” “We appreciate Pope Francis’ expression of solidarity and prayers for the Filipino people who were affected by the...
    WASHINGTON – The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama. Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. The Office of Inspector General’s 2015 report criticized his handling of three politically connected applications to a program that grants U.S. visas to foreigners who make job-creating investments in the United States. Mayorkas has disputed the findings, and he never faced any sanctions, but Republican senators are bringing it up ahead of what could be a tight confirmation vote. It’s too soon to say whether the nomination of Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to run DHS, is in jeopardy. But...
    By BEN FOX and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama. Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. The Office of Inspector General’s 2015 report criticized his handling of three politically connected applications to a program that grants U.S. visas to foreigners who make job-creating investments in the United States. Mayorkas has disputed the findings, and he never faced any sanctions, but Republican senators are bringing it up ahead of what could be a tight confirmation vote. It’s too soon to say whether the nomination of Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama. Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. The Office of Inspector General’s 2015 report criticized his handling of three politically connected applications to a program that grants U.S. visas to foreigners who make job-creating investments in the United States. Mayorkas has disputed the findings, and he never faced any sanctions, but Republican senators are bringing it up ahead of what could be a tight confirmation vote. It’s too soon to say whether the nomination of Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to run DHS, is in jeopardy....
    By BEN FOX and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama. Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. The Office of Inspector General’s 2015 report criticized his handling of three politically connected applications to a program that grants U.S. visas to foreigners who make job-creating investments in the United States. Mayorkas has disputed the findings, and he never faced any sanctions, but Republican senators are bringing it up ahead of what could be a tight confirmation vote. It’s too soon to say whether the nomination of Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first...
    WASHINGTON – The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama. Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. The Office of Inspector General’s 2015 report criticized his handling of three politically connected applications to a program that grants U.S. visas to foreigners who make job-creating investments in the United States. Mayorkas has disputed the findings, and he never faced any sanctions, but Republican senators are bringing it up ahead of what could be a tight confirmation vote. It’s too soon to say whether the nomination of Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to run DHS, is in jeopardy. But...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama. Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. The Office of Inspector General’s 2015 report criticized his handling of three politically connected applications to a program that grants U.S. visas to foreigners who make job-creating investments in the United States. Mayorkas has disputed the findings, and he never faced any sanctions, but Republican senators are bringing it up ahead of what could be a tight confirmation vote. It’s too soon to say whether the nomination of Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to run DHS, is in jeopardy....
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has said he will prioritize immigration reform from the first day of his administration. Success will not be easy, as former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama can attest.Whether it's a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers who were brought to America as children, improving the visa system or improving border security, lasting progress will require congressional action by both political parties. And getting Congress to step up depends on the American people speaking out.Charles KochBrian HooksThe good news is that our fellow citizens broadly speak with the same voice on immigration. Far from being the divisive issue that many believe, some 77% of Americans now recognize that immigration is a good thing -- a record high.More than two-thirds view the country's historic openness to immigrants as "essential to who we are." And not only has the percentage of Americans who want increased...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is poised to become the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, making him a key ally of Joe Biden as the president-elect navigates an increasingly partisan climate and some of the most contentious policy areas in Congress. It will be up to Durbin, who is also the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, to help Biden achieve his goals on judicial nominees and immigration, two areas where bipartisanship has all but evaporated. Both Biden and Durbin are old-school Washington negotiators willing to seek compromise with Republicans, and they know each other well. The two were on the committee together for many years before Biden became vice president in 2008. Durbin says the prestigious committee has become “a shell of its former self” during President Donald Trump’s time in office as Republicans pursued investigations of the 2016 election while conducting little oversight of...
    Democrats are “counting on demographic changes” to turn the state of Georgia blue through mass immigration, specifically from Asia, according to the New York Times. A report by the Times notes that the growing number of Asian American voters, many foreign-born, via the nation’s mass importation of more than 1.2 million legal immigrants every year has led to rapid changes to the electorate in Georgia. Democrats, the Times reports, are relying on these changes to flip the state blue as they have successfully flipped Gwinnett County, Georgia, for Democrats over the last two presidential election cycles: The emergence in Georgia of Asian-American voters is a potential bright spot for a Democratic Party counting on demographic changes to bring political wins across the country. Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing segment of eligible voters out of the major racial and ethnic groups in the country, according to the Pew Research Center; their numbers, nationally...
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    WASHINGTON —  The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, seeking the release of records detailing allegations of widespread sexual abuse and harassment at immigration detention centers. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles followed a recent Times investigation that uncovered hundreds of allegations by detainees in California of violence and abuse. Few of the allegations resulted in criminal charges, a lack of accountability that fostered unchecked violence within the facilities. The Times was also among several outlets that reported on the alleged forced sterilization of over a dozen women at a detention center in Georgia. A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the lawsuit. Tens of thousands of immigrants are held in detention centers across the U.S. as they await deportation proceedings, which can take months or years...
    FOR decades the British people have repeatedly identified immigration as one of the most important issues facing this country. This was evident during the EU Referendum in 2016 when the British people voted to leave the EU. 1Taking back control of our borders is about addressing Britain's broken approach to tackling illegal migration, says Priti PatelCredit: EPA This Government promised to end free movement, to take back control of our borders and to introduce a new points-based immigration system. Today, we have delivered on that promise. Our new points-based immigration system has opened for applications and free movement with the EU legally ends on 31 December. From today, skilled workers from around the globe will be able to apply to come to the UK if they earn enough points. People gain points from; having a job offer, speaking English to a required standard, and meeting the right salary threshold for...
    President-elect Joe Biden has been slammed for saying that presenting an amnesty bill for people living in the country illegally would be a top priority when he takes office, rather than focusing on the COVID pandemic.  'I am going to make a commitment in the first 100 days, I will send a immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,' Biden said in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday. Newly-elected congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island Republican, blasted the statement in an interview with Fox News guest host Mark Steyn on Wednesday night.  'It is disheartening that this is his focus. It's not providing relief to the millions of American that are struggling right now, during this pandemic,' said Malliotakis, who unseated incumbent Democratic Rep. Max Rose in the district representing Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn....
    Progressives and activists are ratcheting up their pressure campaigns against President-elect Biden as the incoming commander-in-chief builds out his administration. Immigrant advocacy groups, while happy that President Trump was defeated, do not plan to give his successor an easy time. “Hell yeah, I’m optimistic. I don’t know what the hell we were going to do if Trump won again. But then the other side of me is like, ‘I know how this works,’” Marisa Franco, executive director of grassroots advocacy group Mijente told Politico. “Nothing is going to be enough that [Biden] does and that’s the same issue that folks in the crime-and-justice movement have and folks in policing [reform] have. I think it’s very possible for things to get lost and that’s what our job is: To make sure it doesn’t,” she added. Biden is also facing ramped-up pressure from lawmakers within his own party, with “Squad” members...
    (CNN)The Justice Department is requiring some immigrants facing deportation to file to stay in the United States in a matter of weeks, a highly unusual move that puts them at a disadvantage and at an increased risk of removal.Immigrants fighting deportation generally have a chance to make their case in court, where they can ask a judge to allow them to stay in the US by arguing they qualify for asylum or another legal option. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the US, the nation's immigration court system -- which is operated by the Justice Department -- partially shut down, leading to the postponement of hearings and fueling the growing backlog already facing the system. As of August 2020, the current active court case backlog grew to around 1.2 million, up 11% from the start of March, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court...
    MCALLEN, Texas – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will hold a press conference Thursday about a recent nationwide immigration enforcement action. Senior official serving as the director, Tony Pham, is expected to discuss measures on how agents will enforce an immigration judge’s order granting voluntary departure to those who have violated any immigration law. The ICE action is directed at immigrants who did not leave the country voluntarily, according to the agency.
    MCALLEN, Texas – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will hold a press conference Thursday about a recent nationwide immigration enforcement action. Senior official serving as the director, Tony Pham, is expected to discuss measures on how agents will enforce an immigration judge’s order granting voluntary departure to those who have violated any immigration law. The ICE action is directed at immigrants who did not leave the country voluntarily, according to the agency.
    MCALLEN, Texas – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will hold a press conference Thursday about a recent nationwide immigration enforcement action. Senior official serving as the director, Tony Pham, is expected to discuss measures on how agents will enforce an immigration judge’s order granting voluntary departure to those who have violated any immigration law. The ICE action is directed at immigrants who did not leave the country voluntarily, according to the agency.
    Republicans increased their share of the Latino vote this election cycle without running on comprehensive immigration reforms that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants. Between 2016 and 2020, President Trump earned 4 additional percentage points more with black voters, the biggest share of the Latino vote of any GOP nominee since 2004, 5 percentage points more with Asian Americans, and the percentage of LGBT people voting for Trump doubled from 2016 to 2020, from 14% to 28%. For nearly two decades, GOP conventional wisdom dictated the party needed an immigration reform plan to control the flow of immigration at the southern border through enforcement while allowing for unauthorized immigrants to apply for legal status to deliver workers into the U.S. labor market. Republicans believed more Latinos would turn out to vote for the party if such action was taken, but the legislation, backed by the Chamber of Commerce and...