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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
May 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

America's slowing population growth puts limits on its future

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The U.S.' sharply declining rate of population growth threatens to put an expiration date on a country built around a vision of endless reinvention.

The big picture: Fewer people means fewer workers to support an aging population, fewer innovators with new ideas, less economic growth — and more of one thing: political fights over a shrinking pie.

Biden revokes Trump order blocking entry of immigrants who can't pay for health care

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President Biden on Friday revoked a Trump-era executive order that barred the entry of immigrants deemed a "financial burden" on the U.S. health care system.

Why it matters: It's one of several policies under the previous administration that targeted immigrants. Biden has sought to undo his predecessor's actions on the issue since taking office, but has been met with criticism and challenges in recent months.

Tech giants back H-4 visa work authorization in court

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Big Tech companies, led by Google, filed an amicus brief in federal court Friday morning in support of the spouses of certain H-1B high-skilled visa holders, whose ability to work in the U.S is being threatened in court.

What they're saying: In the brief, tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Amazon argue that removing the ability of more than 90,000 H-4 visa holders to work, "would result in these talented individuals being barred from the workplace" and "would be utterly destructive for the families impacted."

Biden administration mum on tracking migrant kids

A classroom at an Influx Care Facility for unaccompanied migrant children. Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Thousands of migrant children have been released by the Biden administration to caretakers in the U.S. as part of the government's program for unaccompanied minors — but there's little-to-no visibility about what's happened to them.

Flashback: During the Trump administration, there was outrage when a top official told Congress his agency was unable to verify the locations of about 1,500 kids released to sponsors. Today, the agency in charge won't answer questions about its efforts to keep track of these vulnerable children.

Exclusive: ACLU appeals for migrant reunification on Mother's Day

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The ACLU is running an emotional two-page ad in the New York Times this Mother’s Day, urging the Biden administration to go beyond reuniting migrant children and parents separated by President Trump and guarantee them protections to stay in the U.S.

Details: The ad, previewed by Axios, depicts, in red ink, desperate, hand-scrawled fears of separated children against the backdrop of a growth chart.

What to watch in AMLO's meeting with Harris

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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

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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

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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..."