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But when Sawyer tried to call her last month with the good news that she would be allowed into the United States, she couldn’t reach her – Jasibi had been kidnapped again. Biden has filled many key immigration advisory positions with high-profile migrant advocates, including some opponents of the Title 42 border restrictions. Since Biden took office, U.S. border authorities have recorded more than 300,000 expulsions under Title 42. U.S. officials have said the Title 42 border restrictions are partly needed to protect government workers. In recent weeks the United States began admitting asylum seekers whom migrant advocates had identified as being especially vulnerable in Mexico.
Persons: Jasibi, Callaghan O'Hare, Joe Biden, Ariana Sawyer, Sawyer, Biden, Andrea Flores, Flores, Donald Trump, ” Flores, , Joseph Amon, Del Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Trump, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Publicly, Biden, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, National Security Council, U.S, Department of Health, Human Services, Central Americans, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Drexel University, CDC, DHS, United, Human Rights Locations: Honduras, Texas, U.S, United States, Mexico, Jasibi, Honduran, Del Rio , Texas, Ciudad Acuna, Del Rio
The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders," Harris said at a news conference alongside Giammattei. The corruption task force has been previously floated, but Harris gave more details, saying it will combine resources from the Justice, State and Treasury departments. On the immigration front he announced a new processing center for migrants sent back from Mexico and the United States, which could increase capacity. 1/5 Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris attend a bilateral meeting at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, during Harris' first international trip as Vice President to Guatemala and Mexico, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, June 7, 2021. She said the United States has contributed to regime change and destabilization in Latin America for decades.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Alejandro Giammattei, Joe Biden, Harris, Biden, Washington, Giammattei, Carlos Barria Read, I'm, Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Jacobo Arbenz, Otto Perez Molina, General Merrick B, Garland Organizations: Central America, Giammattei, Central Americans, Justice, State, Treasury, Palacio Nacional, la Cultura, REUTERS, Democratic, U.S, Representative, Twitter, U.N, Joint Task Force Alpha, Department and Homeland Security, White House, USAID, Thomson Locations: Central, United States, U.S, Mexico, Guatemala, Washington, Guatemala City, Harris, California, Latin America, States, Central America, Mexico . U.S, El Salvador, Honduras, United
At a news conference with Giammattei, Harris said a U.S. task force would work with local prosecutors to punish corrupt actors in the region. Giammattei defended his own record in fighting corruption, saying he had not been accused of wrongdoing and saying graft was not only a problem faced by politicians. On the immigration front he announced a new processing center for migrants sent back from Mexico and the United States, which could increase capacity. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders," she said. She confirmed that the United States would supply half a million COVID-19 doses to Guatemala and provide $26 million to fight the pandemic.
Persons: Alejandro Giammattei, Kamala Harris, Harris, Carlos Barria, Biden, Washington, Giammattei, Guatemalans, I'm, General Merrick B, Garland Organizations: U.S, Palacio Nacional, la Cultura, REUTERS, Carlos Barria U.S, Giammattei, Central Americans, Justice, State, Treasury, Joint Task Force Alpha, Department and Homeland Security, White, Thomson Locations: Guatemala, Mexico, Guatemala City, Central America, United States, U.S, Washington, Mexico . U.S, El Salvador, Honduras, United
Nicolas spoke on condition of only using his first name because he does not have legal status in the United States. "If the goal is border management, Title 42 isn't working," said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, which advocates for migrants in the United States. 'OUT OF NECESSITY'Nicolas tried to migrate to the United States twice in 2019 but was deported to Guatemala both times. He turned to tending crops and collecting firewood to feed his 10-year-old son and two daughters, ages 7 and 1, and mustered the courage to try another trip to the United States. On Nicolas' first attempt to cross the Rio Grande, he tried to swim away from border agents, scared of deportation.
Persons: Nicolas, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Joe Biden's, Biden, lockdowns, Aaron Reichlin, San Pedro la, Nicolas said, , Organizations: Central, Centers for Disease Control, . Customs, Border Protection, American Immigration Council, CBP, Biden Administration, White, San, San Pedro la Laguna, Reuters, Thomson Locations: United States, Mexico, Texas, Guatemala, U.S, apprehensions, San Pedro, Nuevo Laredo, Agua Dulce, Houston
REYNOSA, Mexico — Thousands of migrants who have been returned by the United States to Reynosa, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, spend hours in tents and benches — their money gone and easy prey for human traffickers. Thousands of migrants have been returned to Reynosa, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, just a few feet from the border. A makeshift camp in a central plaza in Reynosa, Mexico. They were locked up in a house in one of the city's more humble neighborhoods along with about 90 other migrants, all Central Americans. During her last conversation with her smuggler, who is in southern Mexico, he told her she had to wait.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump, It's, Jennifer Castro, Castro, Christ, Yulissa Esquivel, Yulissa, Jairo Gallego, Juan Anzaldúa Organizations: Central, Border Patrol, Florida Alma, U.S ., Telemundo, Noticias Telemundo, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: REYNOSA, Mexico, United States, U.S, Covid, Reynosa, Mexican, Tamaulipas, Maribel, El Salvador, Honduras, Florida
In separate decisions, Sessions and Barr used unique authority granted them to assign cases to themselves and reverse immigration court decisions. Bradley Jenkins, the federal litigation attorney at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said the Session and Barr decisions are “so questionable” that asylum denials should not be based on them. The man was denied asylum, which Barr agreed with, but Barr reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals ruling that family membership could be considered a social group under asylum law. The letter also was signed by attorneys for clients in a case known as Matter of A.B. The Migration Policy Institute, a bipartisan think tank, found that those decisions have significantly curtailed asylum, particularly for Central Americans.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Merrick Garland, Jeff Sessions, William Barr, Barr, Bradley Jenkins, Donald Trump's, ” Jenkins, Jenkins, Sessions Organizations: Trump, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Immigration Appeals, Central, Center, Gender & Refugee Studies, Services, Policy Institute, Central Americans, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Mexican
U.S. to set aside 6,000 guest worker visas for Central Americans - sources
  + stars: | 2021-04-20 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Carlos OsorioThe Biden administration plans to set aside 6,000 seasonal guest worker visas for people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, according to two sources familiar with the matter, a small step toward establishing more legal pathways to the United States from the region. The increase has been sought by business groups but opposed by labor unions amid high unemployment related to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, about 85,000 of the 172,000 migrants caught at the border came from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The extra H-2B visas would be in addition to the annual allotment of 66,000 visas for the fiscal year, a tally that was exhausted in February. The visas are used for landscaping, food processing and hotel work, among other seasonal jobs.
Persons: Carlos Osorio, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Toronto Pearson International Airport, REUTERS, Biden, U.S, Thomson Locations: Toronto , Ontario, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, United States, U.S, Mexico
WASHINGTON—President Biden is set to sign an executive order keeping the refugee admissions cap for this year at a record-low 15,000, but eliminating Trump administration restrictions on which types of refugees qualify under that cap. A White House official said the administration hadn’t ruled out increasing the cap this fiscal year and would revisit the issue once the 15,000 cap was reached. The executive order will lift requirements that refugees coming within the 15,000 limit fit one of several categories, including Iraqis who aided the American military, Central Americans and people fleeing religious discrimination. It will revert to the previous system, in place from the refugee program’s creation through 2019, that divides the overall allocation of refugee slots by region. “We intend to use all 15,000 slots under the new Emergency Presidential Determination and will closely monitor progress toward that end,” a White House spokesman said.
Persons: Biden, hadn’t Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, State Department, White, Central Locations: Central Americans,
Biden to Keep Refugee Limit at Record Low But Scrap Restrictions Set by Trump
  + stars: | 2021-04-16 | by ( Michelle Hackman | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—President Biden is set to sign an executive order keeping the refugee admissions cap for this year at a record-low 15,000, but eliminating Trump administration restrictions on which types of refugees qualify under that cap. It is unclear whether the administration will raise the cap later this year. The executive order will lift requirements that refugees coming under the 15,000 cap fall under one of several categories, including Iraqis who aided the American military, Central Americans and people fleeing religious discrimination. It will revert to the previous system, in place from the refugee program’s creation through 2019, that divides the overall allocation of refugee slots by region. “We intend to use all 15,000 slots under the new Emergency Presidential Determination and will closely monitor progress toward that end,” a White House spokesman said.
Persons: Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, State Department, Central Locations: Central Americans,
But as criticism mounted, the White House issued a statement saying Biden would set a "final, increased refugee cap" for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15. "Facing the greatest refugee crisis in our time there is no reason to limit the number to 15,000. Republicans have blamed Biden for the situation at the border, faulting his moves to reverse other Trump-era hardline immigration policies. Democratic U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal called Biden's decision not to raise Trump's "harmful, xenophobic and racist refugee cap" unconscionable. Refugee groups previously expressed frustration that Biden had delayed issuing the cap for months, which left refugees who were scheduled to travel stranded.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Donald Trump, Biden, Republican Trump, Joe, Dick Durbin, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Pramila Jayapal, Stephen Miller, Trump, Miller, Mark Hetfield, Hetfield Organizations: White, REUTERS, Democratic, Republican, Trump, Republicans, East, Democratic Representative, Twitter, Democratic U.S, Democrats, Refugee, Central Americans, Rescue Committee, Thomson Locations: Russia, Washington , U.S, U.S, Mexico, United States, Africa, East Asia, Europe, Central Asia, America, Caribbean, East, South Asia, Central America
Second Gaetz Aide Said to Have Quit Amid Widening Investigation Representative Matt Gaetz’s communications director has also resigned amid a federal sex trafficking investigation. A second senior aide to Representative Matt Gaetz quit amid a widening Justice Department inquiry. Let me say it again, gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment. President Biden outlined steps he would take to combat gun violence, vowing to create change despite stalling in Congress. But the sweeping new voting bill Mr. Kemp signed two weeks ago has provided him a lifeline.
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Honduran migrant families trying to reach the U.S. cross the Usumacinta river on a boat, as seen from La Tecnica in Lacandon jungle, Guatemala, March 6, 2021. About 70,000 people, or 72% of such migrants - mostly single adults - were rapidly deported in February alone, according to CBP data. “Don’t come over,” Biden said in a March 16 interview with ABC News when asked to articulate his message to hopefuls. Texas-based citizen journalist Luis Rodriguez, who was born in Honduras, has posted several videos for his 400,000 Facebook followers encouraging migrant families to capitalize. He said he paid $20,000 to smugglers to get his spouse and kids to the Texas border to claim asylum.
Persons: Maritza Hernández, Edgard Garrido “, , Joe Biden, , Donald Trump, “ Don’t, ” Biden, Andrew Seele, ” Seele, Biden, Roberta Jacobson, Carlos, ” Carlos, Hernández, “ Jorge ”, “ Rosita ”, coronavirus, Luis Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Tom Cotton, ” Cotton, Enrique Gallean, “ They’re, Gallean, Hector Ruiz, Ruiz, ” Ruiz Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, ABC News, Migration Policy Institute, State Department, Facebook, White, Central, Iota, “ Fox, , SOME, CBP, La Técnica Locations: TÉCNICA, GUATEMALA, U.S, Guatemala, Texas, , Guatemalan, Mexico, United States, Trump’s, Washington, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, La, Mexican, Tamaulipas, Central America, Honduran, Colón, The U.S, ” U.S, Arkansas, La Técnica, Roma , Texas, Rio Grande Valley, Maryland
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's response to an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has been muted so far. Republicans say Biden has invited the spike in undocumented immigrants at the southern border — which included a 60 percent increase in unaccompanied minors in February — by reversing Trump's hard-line approach to limiting immigration. "This is an economic crisis, it's a revenue crisis, a jobs crisis, law enforcement crisis, a national security crisis," Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said in an interview Tuesday with Fox Business. "Children presenting at our border, who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, who are fleeing terrible situations, is not a crisis," Psaki said. "The intent of the Biden administration is to treat people with compassion," Noorani said.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Biden, Donald Trump's, Trump, Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, Obama, Veronica Escobar, El Salvador —, Sen, Kevin Cramer, Henry Cuellar, i3vbVkLjpB, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Alejandro Mayorkas, Ali Noorani, Noorani Organizations: WASHINGTON, Central America, Antonio Mayor, Democrat, ABC News, Republicans, Trump, Fox Business, CBP, NBC News, Immigration Services, Northern, Central Americans, National Immigration Forum Locations: U.S, Mexico, Central, El Paso, Texas, Central America's, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
Hondurans gather outside a bus station before taking part in a new caravan of migrants, set to head to the United States, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras January 14, 2021. NO ARCHIVESTEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Central Americans camped overnight outside the bus terminal in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, anxiously awaiting the departure early Friday morning of a migrant caravan hoping to reach the United States. This week’s caravan will be the first of the year and comes less than a week before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Authorities in Central America and Mexico have stepped up efforts to stop the caravan well before the U.S. border, using anti-coronavirus measures as the latest tool to curtail migration. Honduras and Guatemala have announced they will deploy thousands of soldiers to preemptively stop caravan members, while Mexico also deployed agents to its southern border on Thursday.
Persons: Yoseph Amaya, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump’s Organizations: REUTERS, TEGUCIGALPA, Central Americans, Local, Central, Authorities Locations: United States, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Central, Central America, Mexico, U.S, Guatemala
A network of privately funded shelters provides food, legal and medical aid to tens of thousands of migrants traversing Mexico each year. The mounting risks Castaneda and other migrants face could complicate Mexican-U.S. efforts to improve their lot under the incoming U.S. president, Joe Biden, who has pledged to pursue more humane policies than the incumbent, Donald Trump. Social media chats used by migrants say a major migrant caravan is organizing to depart Honduras on Jan. 15. Before reaching Troches' makeshift migrant refuge, Servellon said she had not slept safely in a shelter since the southern town of Palenque, more than 1,000 miles away. "We'd walked across practically all of Mexico," she said, "and we hadn't eaten all day or night."
Persons: Michael Castaneda, Castaneda, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Salvadorans, Fray Gabriel Romero, Romero, Glenda Troches, Troches, Sara Servellon, Servellon, We'd Organizations: Reuters, Central, Central America, BBVA Bancomer, Central Americans, Hurricanes Eta, Iota, Facebook, Twitter Locations: SALTILLO, Mexico, Central America, United States, Mexican, Saltillo, Texas, U.S, Honduras, Tenosique, Guatemala, Honduran, Troches, Palenque
FILE PHOTO: Migrants rest in an improvised shelter set up outside the Posada Belen migrant shelter, which is closed due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Saltillo, Mexico December 27, 2020. Fewer shelters mean fewer safe places for Central Americans to take cover, even as many walk hundreds more miles than before, over a dozen migrants told Reuters. The mounting risks Castaneda and other migrants face could complicate Mexican-U.S. efforts to improve their lot under the incoming U.S. president, Joe Biden, who has pledged to pursue more humane policies than the incumbent, Donald Trump. Social media chats used by migrants say a major migrant caravan is organizing to depart Honduras on Jan. 15. “We’d walked across practically all of Mexico,” she said, “and we hadn’t eaten all day or night.”
Persons: Daniel Becerril, , Michael Castaneda, Castaneda, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Salvadorans, , Fray Gabriel Romero, Romero, Glenda Troches, Troches, Sara Servellon, Servellon, “ We’d Organizations: Posada, REUTERS, Central, Reuters, Central America, BBVA Bancomer, Central Americans, Hurricanes Eta, Iota Locations: SALTILLO, Mexico, Central America, United States, Posada Belen, Saltillo , Mexico, Mexican, Saltillo, Texas, U.S, Honduras, Tenosique, Guatemala, Honduran, Troches, Palenque
Migrant caravan sets off to U.S. from Honduras, risking new tensions
  + stars: | 2020-12-10 | by ( Jose Cabezas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Striking just two weeks apart in November, Hurricanes Eta and Iota hammered infrastructure, homes and crops, killing about 100 people in Honduras. “We lost everything, we have no choice but to go to the United States,” an unidentified middle-aged man in the caravan with his wife and cousin told Honduran television. The man said he was from La Lima, a municipality on the southeastern edge of San Pedro Sula that was hard hit by flooding caused by Eta and Iota. A caravan of thousands moving through Central America was broken up in October. Biden has vowed to pursue a “humane” migration policy and offer help to Central America to ease migratory pressures.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Reuters, U.S, Hurricanes Eta, Iota, La, Eta and Iota, Central Americans Locations: Honduras, United States, Central America, U.S, San Pedro Sula, Guatemalan, Guatemala, Nicaragua, La Lima, Mexico
“First the pandemic, and then the hurricane ... we have no money for our children,” he said on the journey north. Back-to-back hurricanes Eta and Iota internally displaced more than half a million people in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, according to International Organization for Migration data. On the election campaign trail, Biden promised a $4 billion plan to address underlying factors driving migration from Central America. MASS UNEMPLOYMENTEven before the storms, Central American nations were reeling from economic crises brought on by the pandemic and mass unemployment led to a steady increase in migration north. Other migrants bypassed the storm shelters, where aid workers fear the overcrowded conditions could lead to a new spike in coronavirus cases, and hit the road immediately.
Persons: Luis Salgado, Jorge Cabrera Salgado, , Gabriel Romero, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, David Tronches, Tronches, Marlen Almendarez, gesturing, Riccy Martinez, , , ’ Julio Almendarez, Kevin Ventura, he’d, Giovanni Bassau, ” Bassau Organizations: Hurricane Iota, REUTERS, Eta, International Organization for, Facebook, Central America, Refugees, Central, The U.S . Department of Homeland Security, Iota, . Refugee Agency, UNHCR Locations: MONTERREY, Mexico, Honduras, El Progreso, Guatemala, United States, Nicaragua, , Mexican, Tenosique, Central, The, Saltillo, Monterrey, Texas, La Lima, San Pedro Sula, Chamelecon, Honduran, Intibuca, Guatemalan
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