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The Justice Department has repealed a Trump-era order that cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to cities that did not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.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

The big picture: Under Trump, the federal government allowed funding only if cities allowed federal authorities to question detainees on immigration status and gave the federal officials 48 hours' notice before releasing any inmates of interest.

  • The move to revoke immigration-related criteria will apply to all of the DOJ's grants, according to Reuters.
  • The Biden administration told the Supreme Court in March to dismiss pending suits involving sanctuary cities.

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Biden administration will limit immigration courthouse arrests

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Biden administration will limit immigration authorities' ability to make arrests at courthouses, the Department of Homeland Security announced in a press release Tuesday.

Why it matters: The move is another way the Biden administration is adjusting its predecessor's policies and is intended to balance access to courthouses with immigration enforcement, per the statement.

Biden picks Texas sheriff known for criticizing Trump-era policies to lead ICE

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez at an event in 2020. Photo: Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden nominated Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of Harris County, Texas, on Tuesday to be the next director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Why it matters: Gonzalez, a seasoned law enforcement official, is known for criticizing the Trump administration's immigration policies, per AP.

CDC says fully vaccinated people don't have to wear masks indoors

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Erin Clark-Pool/Getty Images

The CDC announced in new guidance Thursday that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size.

What they're saying: "If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will say at a White House press briefing.

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