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How immigration can power the future of America's heartland

Data: Heartland Forward; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

More foreign-born immigrants are moving to the center of the U.S. than in the past, according to a new report by Heartland Forward.

Why it matters: With population growth in the U.S. slower than it has been for the last 100 years, both high-skilled and low-skilled industries across America have come to rely more on immigrants to power their workforces.

DHS watchdog: ICE deported migrant parents without an option to bring their children

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The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Trump administration did not "consistently" give migrant parents the chance to reunite with their children before deportation, according to a report released Monday by the department's Inspector General.

Why it matters: The findings contradict previous claims by DHS and ICE that parents who left their children behind chose to do so, the report says.

May 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DHS expands Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in U.S.

People demonstrate as a trial begins to try to protect Haitian immigrants under the Temporary Protected Status from being deported back to Haiti in 2019. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More than 100,000 Haitians living in the United States will have the chance to receive Temporary Protected Status under a new Biden administration directive announced on Saturday.

Why it matters: Haiti continues to experience political, social and economic unrest with COVID-19 cases on the rise and President Jovenel Moïse's ongoing refusal to step down.

A dream comes true for some Dreamers

Carlos Cornejo, 23, is part of a group of DACA recipients who got expedited travel authorizations. He traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, after living in the U.S. for 22 years to celebrate his graduation from Texas State University with family. Photos: Noticias Telemundo

Over 100 beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) can legally travel internationally for the first time starting this week, after a judge granted their request for a special permit to re-enter the United States.

Why it matters: Nearly 700,000 people in the program would normally face deportation if they left the U.S. for educational trips or family emergencies like grandparents’ funerals.

Scoop: HHS prepared to double migrant capacity at Fort Bliss

Xavier Becerra. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this week he's prepared, if needed, to double the capacity for underage migrants at Fort Bliss, Texas, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Expanding the capacity at Fort Bliss, where thousands of migrants under age 12 could be held, is controversial because it’s harder to care for younger children in massive facilities, migrant advocates argue.

DHS closing two ICE detention centers after allegations of abuse

Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it will close two ICE detention centers that are under federal investigation over allegations that migrants have been mistreated.

The big picture: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas directed ICE to "discontinue use" of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, as well as the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.

UN commissioner for refugees: U.S. must end COVID asylum restrictions

A group of Venezuelan immigrants is taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody in Del Rio, Texas. They had crossed the Rio Grande minutes earlier from Mexico to seek political asylum in the United States. Photo: John Moore via Getty Images

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday urged the U.S. to "swiftly" lift COVID-related asylum restrictions at the border.

Why it matters: The order, enacted by former President Trump last March, effectively ended asylum at the southern border. The American Civil Liberties Union and other migrant advocacy groups have called on Biden to roll back the policy.

Shelter for migrant children at Dallas convention center set to close

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

An emergency shelter for migrant adolescent boys at the downtown Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center is expected to shut down in the next two weeks, the Dallas Morning News reports citing information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The state of play: The unlicensed shelter once housed roughly 2,300 minors, but has since reduced its population to about 200. Its imminent closure comes after nearly 10 weeks of operation, per the Dallas Morning News.

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

America's slowing population growth puts limits on its future

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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.