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Biden to end Trump-era agreement between ICE and agency housing migrant children

Biden is working to make it easier for families to host unaccompanied migrant children.

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He wants to reverse course on Trump's immigration crackdown, but nothing about it will be simple.

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The plunge in highly skilled work visas

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They're America's doctors, cab drivers and farm workers.

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If all the refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people were a country, they'd be the 21st most populous nation in the world.

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What to watch in AMLO's meeting with Harris

Three Mexico national guardsmen stand in front of the metro overpass that collapsed onto a busy highway. Photo: Julián Lopez/ Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Joint efforts to stem the increased number of migrants heading to the U.S. will likely be at the top of discussions when Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hold their virtual meeting on Friday.

The big picture: The U.S. government has consistently asked its southern neighbor to prevent immigrants from reaching the border, mostly through threats like former President Trump’s talk of tariffs.

Report: ICE deportations drop to record low in April

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The number of deportations under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month dropped to a record low, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: His promised 100-day moratorium on deportations was blocked by a federal judge, but the numbers from the Post show Biden's reversal of several ICE directives is having an impact.

Biden to raise refugee cap to 62,500

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President Biden will raise the cap on refugees to 62,500 this fiscal year, he announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes after a wave of outrage over his initial decision to keep the Trump-era ceiling of 15,000 admissions in place.

DHS: Migrant family reunifications to begin this week

Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Four families separated under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy will be reunited this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on a call Sunday night.

Why it matters: Reuniting migrant families is one of Biden's biggest immigration-related promises and progress has been slow.

DHS to address damage caused by border wall construction

A portion of border wall in New Mexico. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday it will begin repairing a broken flood barrier in Texas and a strip of eroding soil in California — issues that resulted from border wall construction in the respective areas.

The big picture: DHS said in a news release that the repairs were prompted by a "review the extensive problems created by the prior administration’s border wall construction" and are meant to "protect border communities from physical dangers..."

Supreme Court justices rules in favor of undocumented immigrant citing legal technicality

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In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who challenged his deportation.

The state of play: The majority opinion brought together an unusual coalition of conservative and liberal justices: Neil Gorsuch, who authored the opinion, and Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett.

  • Gorsuch wrote that the Justice Department violated federal law by not providing Agusto Niz-Chavez with a single comprehensive "notice to appear," ABCNews reports.

DOJ reverses Trump limits on grants to sanctuary cities

Immigrant families and activists rally outside the Tennessee State Capitol against a law that will prohibit sanctuary city policies in the state. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

The Justice Department has repealed a Trump-era order that cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to cities that did not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Why it matters: The 2017 order from President Trump was part of his larger crackdown on immigration. It faced a string of lawsuits from cities and states, per CNN, that argued such cooperation would deter immigrants from reporting crimes.

Biden's 100-day numbers: Migrant kids

Data: Department of Health and Human Services; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

During his first 100 days, President Biden's successes at times have been overshadowed by news of the record number of migrant minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — overwhelming government resources.

By the numbers: There's still a record number of migrant children being held in shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, and the administration has had to open 13 emergency shelters since late February, sometimes through big contracts with nonprofit groups.

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Apr 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Exclusive: Frank Luntz previews a feasible immigration compromise

A man looks across the Rio Grande in February, while waiting to show immigration documents to officers at the U.S.-Mexico crossing in Matamoros, Mexico. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A poll and series of focus groups has honed a one-two punch for a doable immigration deal: Give Democratic lawmakers a real path to citizenship for Dreamers, and give Republicans tight border security that's more realistic than a wall.

Why it matters: The formula — by Frank Luntz, who rose to fame as a Republican pollster but in recent years has taken a more bipartisan approach to policy — would make real progress on one of the nation's biggest tragedies that Capitol Hill has failed to confront.

Apr 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Mexican president to talk migration with VP Harris on May 7

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris on May 7 to discuss the surge of migration at the countries' shared border, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard tweeted Saturday.

The big picture: The scheduled meeting comes as the Biden administration takes a multi-pronged approach to the increased number of migrants coming to the southern border, Axios' Stef Kight reports.

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