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Sep 11, 2021 - World

France grants citizenship to 12,000 COVID frontline workers

A nurse takes care of a patient infected with COVID in the intensive care unit of Lyon-Sud Hospital in Pierre-Bénite, France. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

France granted citizenship to 12,000 COVID frontline workers this week in a show of gratitude for their efforts and sacrifices.

Why it matters: Immigrants comprise a quarter of the essential workers who remained active in the Île-de-France province during lockdowns, per data from a French health observatory.

Approximately 400 migrants depart southern Mexico for U.S.

Haitian migrants walk along a highway in Tapachula, Chiapas state in Mexico, on Sept. 1. Photo: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A migrant caravan of about 400 people departed from the southern Mexican city of Tapachula for the United States on Saturday, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The caravan departed at about 7:30am local time — days after migration officials broke up another group, per Reuters.

Exclusive: Government can't reach one-in-three released migrant kids

Migrants attempt to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. Photo: Nick Ut/Getty Images

The U.S. government has lost contact with thousands of migrant children released from its custody, according to data obtained by Axios through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Why it matters: Roughly one-in-three calls made to released migrant kids or their sponsors between January and May went unanswered, raising questions about the government's ability to protect minors after they're released to family members or others in the U.S.

Courts leave asylum seekers in limbo

Central American migrants who were expelled from the U.S. and later bused by Mexican authorities to El Ceibo, Guatemala. Photo: Johan Ordóñez/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court has let stand a lower-court decision to reinstate the "Remain in Mexico" program, leaving Mexican authorities and asylum seekers on tenterhooks.

Why it matters: Thousands of claims that had been stalled by the so-called Migration Protection Protocols were advancing with applicants' return to the U.S.

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Aug 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Refugees face a future of rising walls and no safe harbor

A pair of Guatemalan asylum-seekers sit outside the San Ysidro crossing port at the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images

The Afghanistan situation — hundreds of thousands of people desperate to flee their country with few safe and accepting places to go — is just one sign of a future that will be shaped by a growing migration crisis.

Why it matters: Whether because of violence, persecution, climate change or economic distress, rising numbers of people will leave the only homes they've known in search of a safer and better life abroad — even as the politics in destination countries sours on accepting them.

By the numbers: The SIV crisis

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Data: The Refugee Processing Center; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The number of Afghan allies being brought to the United States on Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) had lagged until the collapse of Afghanistan forced the issue for the Biden administration, according to U.S. government data.

Why it matters: While the chaos around Kabul's airport is a general humanitarian disaster for regular Afghans, it's a special concern for those who helped the U.S. government and military during the past 20 years. When Kabul unexpectedly fell, efforts to speed up the 14-step SIV process were too little, too late.

Immigration agents get onboard with bodycams

A protest demanding justice over the death of Anastasio Hernández, killed in 2010 during a Border Patrol operation to deport him. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images

A third of all U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will be outfitted with recording cameras by the end of this year, the agency announced.

Why it matters: The cameras will provide “greater transparency into interactions between CBP officers and agents and the public,” the agency said in a statement. CBP’s operations include securing the borders, immigration raids, and holding immigrant children before they are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Updated Aug 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DOJ asks Supreme Court for last minute stay over Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a lower court's order that would force the administration to reinstate one of President Trump's border policies, which left tens of thousands of migrants to await asylum hearings in Mexico.

Why it matters: Ending the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy was one of President Biden’s campaign promises, and he suspended the program on his first day in office. The administration has now brought thousands of impacted migrants into the United States — some of whom waited years in Mexico.

Judge orders Biden to revive Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program

Migrants disembark an inflatable raft after crossing the Rio Grande into the United States in Roma, Texas. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge late Friday ordered the Biden administration to revive a Trump-era policy requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the southern border to wait in Mexico while their applications are pending.

State of play: U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who was appointed by former President Trump and based in Amarillo, Texas, said the Biden administration "failed to consider several critical factors" before terminating the program. Texas and Missouri had sued the administration, claiming the program's suspension worsened border conditions.

July saw highest number of illegal border crossings in 21 years

Asylum seekers camping at El Chaparral in Tijuana, Mexico, on the border with the U.S. on Aug. 3, 2021. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images

The number of migrants detained along the U.S.-Mexico border exceeded 200,000 for the first time in 21 years in July, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement data released Thursday.

Why it matters: Biden officials had predicted that the summer heat would lead to a decline in the volume of migrants crossing the border. The CBP data tell a different story, reigniting concern about the administration's ability to accommodate migrants as Delta continues its spread.