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U.S. to expand work permits for immigrants who are crime victims
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Shannon StapletonA new U.S. immigration policy set to be announced on Monday will expand access to work permits and deportation relief to some immigrants who are crime victims while their visa cases are pending, according to a summary reviewed by Reuters. Under Trump, U.S. immigration authorities made it easier to deport U visa applicants, drawing opposition from advocates for immigrants. To qualify for a visa, applicants must be victims of domestic violence, trafficking or other serious crimes. The number of U visa applicants who will qualify for work permits under the new policy remains unclear. USCIS is currently considering nearly 269,000 U visa applicants, according to agency data current to December.
Persons: Shannon Stapleton, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas Organizations: U.S . Citizenship, Immigration Services, New York Public Library, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Citizenship, Democratic, Republican, Trump, United States, Homeland, Thomson Locations: U.S, Manhattan , New York, United States
Biden to route U.S. border wall funds to military and construction site clean up
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
An old border wall fence is shown next to the newly constructed wall along the U.S. Mexico border next to Tijuana, east of San Diego, California, U.S., February 2, 2021. During his four years in office, Trump secured about $15 billion for the project, including $10 billion in redirected U.S. military funds. Biden, a Democrat, issued an executive order on Jan. 20 - his first day in office - that paused wall construction, saying "a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution." The Biden administration said on Friday that it would use its legal authority to stop any new border wall construction while calling on Congress to redirect existing resources to technology-based border security. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said on Thursday that his state would build its own border wall, but whether he has the resources and legal authority to do that remains unclear.
Persons: Mike Blake, Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Trump, Biden, Greg Abbott, Abbott Organizations: REUTERS, U.S ., White House, Republican, Biden, Texas, Trump, Thomson Locations: U.S, Mexico, Tijuana, San Diego , California, Germany, Indiana
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
Biden issued an executive order shortly after taking office that established a task force to reunify children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump, calling such separations a "human tragedy." The Biden task force, using information from advocates and ongoing litigation, has identified roughly 3,900 children separated from parents at the border and 1,700 cases that remain under review, the report said. Of the 3,900 separated children identified, nearly 1,800 have been reunified with a parent. Nearly all of those reunifications happened before the creation of the task force, the report said. While the overall number of children still separated from their parents is unknown, the report estimates it could be over 2,000.
Persons: Chanel, Adriana, Adrees Latif, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Government watchdogs Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, Government, DHS, Thomson Locations: Honduras, U.S, Rio Grande, United States, Mexico, La Joya , Texas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Kamala Harris’ first trip to Guatemala and Mexico, which aims to lower migration from the region, will focus on areas such as economic development, climate and food insecurity and women’s issues, her advisers said. FILE PHOTO: Vice President Kamala Harris attends a meeting with CEOs from companies that are engaged with the Northern Triangle in Washington U.S., May 27, 2021. Harris will build on topics previously discussed with leaders in Guatemala and Mexico such as securing the border and leading trade missions to the region, her advisers said. In March, Biden entrusted Harris with leading U.S. efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador aimed at improving conditions and lowering migration from the region. Harris has since taken steps including speaking with policy experts, members of Congress and various stakeholders in the Northern Triangle countries.
Persons: Kamala Harris ’, Kamala Harris, Carlos Barria, Harris, Symone Sanders, Sanders, , Joe Biden, Biden, Mazin Alfaqih Organizations: WASHINGTON, Northern, REUTERS, Central American, Biden, Northern Triangle, Microsoft Corp, Mastercard Inc, Trump, Central Locations: Guatemala, Mexico, Washington U.S, Washington, El Salvador, Honduras, United States, U.S, Central America, Central American
U.S. formally ends Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ asylum policy
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Migrants who traveled to northern Mexico seeking asylum in the United States, are pictured at a migrant encampment in Matamoros, Mexico February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File PhotoThe United States has formally ended the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court cases, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo sent to agency leaders on Tuesday. Since then, more than 11,000 migrants enrolled in it have been allowed to enter the United States to pursue asylum claims, a DHS official told Reuters on Tuesday. Republicans have criticized Biden's actions, including ending the MPP program, saying he encouraged an increase in migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. In a Feb. 2 executive order, Biden called for U.S. agencies to review the MPP program and consider whether to terminate it.
Persons: Daniel Becerril, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Alejandro Mayorkas, ” Mayorkas Organizations: REUTERS, Trump, Central, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Reuters, Democrat Locations: Mexico, United States, Matamoros , Mexico, States, Central American, U.S
Migrants from Haiti walk near the Zaragoza-Ysleta international border bridge after being deported from the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis GonzalezThe United States will expand Haitian eligibility for a humanitarian program that grants deportation relief and work permits to immigrants who cannot safely return to their home countries, the Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday. The program currently covers about 54,000 Haitians residing in the United States since January 2011, a DHS spokeswoman said. The new move would extend the program for 18 months for those already in it and expand eligibility to Haitians in the United States as of May 21. The Biden administration opened the TPS program to an estimated 320,000 Venezuelans living in the United States in March and for several thousand Syrians in January.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Bob Menendez, Alejandro Mayorkas, Joe Biden administration's, Donald Trump, Mayorkas, Menendez, Biden Organizations: REUTERS, Department of Homeland Security, Democratic, Republican, TPS, Haitian, Thomson Locations: Haiti, Zaragoza, Ysleta, United States, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, Washington, El Salvador, Honduras
U.S. to bring in more migrants forced to wait in Mexico under Trump program
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
The United States is working to reopen some cases of non-Mexican asylum seekers who were forced to wait in Mexico under the administration of former President Donald Trump, a top U.S. border official said on Wednesday. Biden, a Democrat who took office on Jan. 20, moved to wind down the Trump program in February as part of a broader effort to undo his Republican predecessor's restrictive policies. Nearly 28,000 migrants were ordered deported due to a failure to appear in court since the MPP program began in 2019, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Some Republicans have blamed an increase in migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months in part on Biden's decision to end the MPP program. Pro-immigrant advocates and Democrats praised the move, saying the Trump program denied migrants the ability to seek asylum in the United States.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, unwind, Biden, Troy Miller, Trump, Miller Organizations: Democrat, Trump, United, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, Syracuse University, BuzzFeed News, Republicans, Thomson Locations: States, Mexican, Mexico, U.S, United States
Sigfrido Reyes leaves after a news conference at the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 5, 2018. A U.S. congressional aide told Reuters that the document circulating in El Salvador media was accurate. read moreBukele appeared scornful of the State Department list, noting on Twitter that it did not include any members of the conservative opposition party ARENA. Reyes said on Twitter that the State Department was repeating “unfounded” allegations from Raul Melara, El Salvador’s recently removed attorney general. Reyes moved to Mexico in 2019, shortly before being accused in El Salvador of illicit activity including money laundering.
Persons: Sigfrido Reyes, Marti, Jose Cabezas, “ credibly, Nayib Bukele’s, Ricardo Zuniga, Zuniga, Bukele's, Carolina Recinos, Recinos, Rogelio Rivas, Farabundo Marti, Reyes, Raul Melara, El Salvador’s Organizations: Liberation Front, REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Central, Salvadoran, U.S, Reuters, Central America, State Department, Twitter, Thomson Locations: San Salvador , El Salvador, U.S, El Salvador, Central, Washington, Central America, Carolina, Mexico
A U.S. State Department report on Central American officials "credibly alleged" to be corrupt includes six sitting Honduran lawmakers and two Guatemalan legislators, according to a list released by the office of U.S. Rep. Norma Torres on Tuesday. The report also includes former senior officials in Guatemala, and follows the inclusion on the same list of a member of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele's cabinet as well as a former Salvadoran minister. read moreThe list emerged less than a week after the U.S. special envoy for Central America, Ricardo Zuniga, visited El Salvador and met Bukele amid a push from the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to confront graft and bolster the rule of law in the region. The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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The interviews provide an anecdotal snapshot of the mood within border patrol and, as such, do not represent the views of all agents. “It is his fault.”The 97-year-old border patrol agency has been whipsawed by policy changes under Republican and Democratic administrations that have required them to frequently modify their approach to migrants they encounter at the border. Rosemarie Pepperdine, a border patrol agent working in Casa Grande, Arizona, is one of those who said she was considering taking early retirement. The border patrol wanted to use a police station to set up a command post to aid the search. But that was rejected by police, who according to Hall felt that was unnecessary because the border patrol had their own facilities.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Go Nakamura, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Chris Magnus, Magnus, Brandon Judd, ” Judd, Rosemarie Pepperdine, , , Magnus ’, Kevin Hall, Hall, ” Magnus “, ” Hall, ” Magnus, Claudia Jasso, Gil Kerlikowske, Barack Obama, Kerlikowske, ProPublica, Kevin McAleenan, Gil Maza, ’ Maza, Rodney Scott, , ” Scott, Troy Miller, Breitbart Organizations: WASHINGTON, Welcome, U.S . Border Patrol, REUTERS, . Customs, Border Protection, Tucson Police, U.S . Senate, Border Patrol, Reuters, National Border Patrol Council, Republican, Capitol, Trump, Democratic, Biden, Facebook Locations: U.S, El Salvador, Rio Grande, United States, Mexico, Roma , Texas, Casa Grande , Arizona, Honduran, Tucson, Norway
Some U.S. border patrol agents are so frustrated with President Joe Biden’s more liberal border policies that they are considering early retirement, while other disgruntled colleagues are buying unofficial coins that say ‘U.S. The interviews provide an anecdotal snapshot of the mood within border patrol and, as such, do not represent the views of all agents. The 97-year-old border patrol agency has been whipsawed by policy changes under Republican and Democratic administrations that have required them to frequently modify their approach to migrants they encounter at the border. The border patrol wanted to use a police station to set up a command post to aid the search. But that was rejected by police, who according to Hall felt that was unnecessary because the border patrol had their own facilities.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump's, Biden, Chris Magnus, Magnus, Brandon Judd, Judd, Rosemarie Pepperdine, Kevin Hall, Hall, Claudia Jasso, Gil Kerlikowske, Barack Obama, Kerlikowske, ProPublica, Kevin McAleenan, Joe, Gil Maza, Maza, Rodney Scott, Scott, Troy Miller, Breitbart Organizations: Welcome, . Customs, Border Protection, Tucson Police, U.S . Senate, Border Patrol, Reuters, National Border Patrol Council, Republican, Capitol, Trump, Democratic, Biden, Facebook, U.S . Border Patrol, Thomson Locations: U.S, Casa Grande , Arizona, Honduran, Tucson, Norway, United States
U.S. homeland chief touts 'dramatic' efforts to relocate migrant children
  + stars: | 2021-05-13 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.60   time to read: +1 min
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas looks on during a break of a hearing on "Domestic Violent Extremism in America." Alex Wong/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. homeland security official said on Thursday the Biden administration still faced challenges on the U.S.-Mexico border but that it had made extraordinary efforts to move unaccompanied migrant children out of crowded border stations. Federal authorities have reduced the number of unaccompanied children in border stations from a peak of 5,700 in late March to under 500 this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in opening remarks at a congressional hearing. The increased arrivals overwhelmed border stations and processing centers in March and April, with hundreds of children kept at times beyond the legal limit of 72 hours. Mayorkas will likely face pointed criticism on Thursday from Republicans, who have sought to make border security a central political issue as they aim to take control of Congress in the 2022 elections.
Persons: Alejandro Mayorkas, Alex Wong, Biden, ” Mayorkas, Donald Trump Organizations: . Homeland, Extremism, Capitol, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Federal, Homeland, Democrat, Republican, Trump Locations: America, Washington , U.S, U.S, Mexico
An asylum-seeking migrant father carries his child while waiting to be escorted by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S., May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura/File PhotoThe United States has begun rolling out a new system to identify and admit the most vulnerable migrants at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to three people briefed on the matter. They will be released into the United States and given a notice to appear in immigration court to present their asylum claims. A spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the United States requested the agency channel U.S. funds to the non-profit groups involved. The expulsions have left many migrants stranded in dangerous border cities in Mexico.
Persons: Go Nakamura, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Eleanor Acer Organizations: U.S . Border Patrol, REUTERS, Migrants, State Department, United Nations, Refugees, Trump, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Human, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, U.S, Thomson Locations: Rio Grande, United States, Mexico, Roma , Texas, U.S, States, El Paso , Texas, Texas, Brownsville, Laredo, Hidalgo, Nogales , Arizona
Ricardo Zuniga, President Joe Biden’s point man for Central America’s Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, also said the administration was considering further sanctions against officials in the region for alleged graft under the Global Magnitsky Act. Those targeted could then be subject to bans on travel to the United States, seizing of U.S. property and prohibitions on Americans doing business with them. Central American officials may be more likely to have assets in the United States, given the geographic proximity and historical relationships, than those from countries that have fewer U.S. financial links. Another path for sanctions in Central America could be the use of so-called Global Magnitsky measures, which the United States has imposed for years on those accused of corruption, human rights abuses and anti-democratic actions around the world. Among Harris’ initiatives is to try to get U.S. companies to invest more in the impoverished Northern Triangle.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Northern Triangle Ricardo Zuniga, Luis Echeverria, Biden, Ricardo Zuniga, Joe Biden’s, ” Zuniga, Eliot Engel, Zuniga, Juan Orlando Hernandez, Hernandez, Biden's, Kamala Harris, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Donald Trump, Harris, Lopez Obrador, Harris ’ Organizations: Northern Triangle, REUTERS, Central, U.S ., Global, U.S, Congress, State Department, Department of Justice, Guatemalan, Triangle, Companies, Northern, Central America, Thomson Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala, U.S, Washington, Central, Honduras, El Salvador, United States, Central America, El Salvador . U.S, MEXICO, Mexico
REUTERS/Jose Luis GonzalezThe United States this week will reunite four migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border during the Trump administration, U.S. officials said, a small step toward fulfilling a campaign promise by President Joe Biden. The families will be allowed to enter the United States through an emergency process known as "humanitarian parole," Michelle Brane, who heads a Biden-created task force that aims to reunite separated families, told a call with reporters on Sunday. "In these cases that we're talking about this week, the children are in the United States and the parents are coming to join them," Brane said. Trump reversed the policy that summer amid an international outcry, but advocates and government watchdogs found separations began before the policy and continued after it. In some cases, parents were deported and children remained in the United States with other relatives or sponsors.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Trump, Joe Biden, Michelle Brane, Brane, Lee Gelernt, Donald Trump’s, Biden, watchdogs, Alejandro Mayorkas Organizations: Mexican National Guard, REUTERS, Biden, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, American Civil Liberties Union, Central America, Trump, Thomson Locations: Rio Bravo, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, United States, U.S, Central, Honduran
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoU.S. authorities will limit immigration arrests in or near courthouses in an effort to balance the need for access to the justice system with enforcement efforts, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Tuesday. The move reverses a policy put in place under former President Donald Trump that expanded immigration arrests at courthouses, which DHS said had a chilling effect on people's willingness to come to court and cooperate with law enforcement. “Ensuring that individuals have access to the courts advances the fair administration of justice, promotes safety for crime victims, and helps to guarantee equal protection under the law,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Alejandro Mayorkas, Kevin Lamarque, Donald Trump Organizations: Department of Homeland, White, REUTERS, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
U.S. President Joe Biden will nominate a Texas sheriff who criticized Trump-era immigration raids to lead the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the White House said on Tuesday. Gonzalez has sought to limit ties between local police and federal immigration enforcement during his time as Harris County sheriff. In 2017, he ended Harris County’s participation in a program that increased cooperation between county law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Magnus had criticized the previous administration's attempt to force so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions to cooperate with federal law enforcement. In the latest rollback of Trump-era policies, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that federal immigration officers would limit immigration arrests in or near courthouses.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trump, Biden, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Gonzalez, Donald Trump, Harris, Kamala Harris, Chris Magnus, Magnus Organizations: U.S . Immigration, Customs Enforcement, Sheriff, Facebook, Republican, ICE, . Senate, Republicans, Trump, Customs and Border Protection, Arizona police, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Thomson Locations: Texas, Harris, U.S, Harris County, Arizona
U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/File PhotoThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security will investigate the potential threat of domestic violent extremism within its own ranks, the department said on Monday. A group of senior DHS officials "will immediately begin a comprehensive review of how to best prevent, detect, and respond to threats related to domestic violent extremism within DHS," the department said in a statement. read moreMayorkas said in a statement on Monday that domestic violent extremism "poses the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today," adding that "hateful acts and violent extremism will not be tolerated" within DHS. Domestic extremism is a major focus of investigations into the Capitol attack, and members of right-wing extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are among those now facing federal charges in connection with the violence.
Persons: Hyungwon Kang, Alejandro Mayorkas, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: Department of Homeland, Cybersecurity, Communications Integration, REUTERS, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, U.S, Capitol, Thomson Locations: Washington, Arlington , Virginia, U.S
U.S. President Joe Biden's special envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zuniga walks during a news conference, in San Salvador, El Salvador April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File PhotoThe Biden administration is considering creating a task force of officials from the U.S. Justice and State Departments and other agencies to help local prosecutors fight corruption in Central America's Northern Triangle countries, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. "It's important for the United States to show that we're on the side of those who are victims of corruption," Zuniga told a telephone briefing. The regional task force under consideration would focus on specific corruption cases and helping prosecutors in those countries move forward with their investigations, Zuniga said. He said actions could range from revoking U.S. visas of people suspected of corruption as well as family members.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Northern Triangle Ricardo Zuniga, Jose Cabezas, Biden, Ricardo Zuniga, Zuniga, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Alejandro Giammattei, Donald Trump, Gloria Porras Organizations: Northern Triangle, San Salvador , El, REUTERS, U.S . Justice, State, Central American, Central America, U.S ., Central, International Commission, Guatemala's, U.S, Congress, Justice, Thomson Locations: San Salvador ,, San Salvador , El Salvador, Central, U.S, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico . U.S, United States, CICIG
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 (Reuters) - Top aides to President Joe Biden are ramping up pressure on the agency that shelters thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, voicing frustration that kids are not being released quickly enough from detention, three U.S. officials said. HHS is in charge of housing the migrant children and vetting potential U.S. sponsors, often parents and close relatives, who seek to take them in. “These are people who signed up to help kids.”The tensions within the administration have not previously been reported in detail. HHS officials worry that speeding up the vetting process too much could lead children to be released into unsafe situations, according to two of the three Biden administration officials. Attorney Melissa Adamson, who represents migrant kids as part of a long-standing legal settlement governing their care, said she recently visited two shelters and spoke with children there.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Susan Rice, Amy Pope, Rice, Mark Weber, ” Weber, , Vedant Patel, Donald Trump’s, , ” Rice, Neha Desai, Ilene, Sarahy, ‘ Mami, , hadn’t, ” Sarahy, Melissa Adamson Organizations: WASHINGTON, Care, White House, U.S . Office, Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health, Human Services, REUTERS, U.S . Department of Health, White, HHS, Central America, Customs, Border, Reuters, Democratic Party, Biden, HHS “, National Center for Youth Law, Dallas Convention Locations: Carrizo Springs , Texas, U.S, Central, Mexico, apprehensions, Ohio, Honduras, Dallas, San Diego
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden intends to nominate two critics of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to key positions in his administration, a White House official said on Monday, signaling a continued push to ease Trump’s restrictions on migration. Biden will tap Chris Magnus, the chief of police in Tucson, Arizona, to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency charged with border security and facilitating legal trade and travel, the official said. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which handles immigration paperwork and processing. The Democratic president has reversed many of his Republican predecessor’s immigration policies.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Chris Magnus, Ur Jaddou, Magnus, Jaddou, Kamala Harris, , Trump Organizations: White, REUTERS, . Customs, Border Protection, Citizenship, Immigration Services, Democratic, Republicans, U.S ., Senate, Democrats, New York Times, Lansing , Michigan Police Department, White House, Tucson police, DHS Watch, Department of Homeland Security Locations: Washington , U.S, Tucson , Arizona, U.S, Lansing, Fargo , North Dakota, Richmond , California, Tucson, Washington
REUTERS/Go Nakamura/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States is considering a conditional cash transfer program to help address economic woes that lead migrants from certain Central American countries to trek north, as well as sending COVID-19 vaccines to those countries, a senior White House official told Reuters on Friday. The possible cash transfer program would be targeted at people in the Northern Triangle region of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, told Reuters in an interview, without saying who exactly would receive the cash. Jacobson did not provide a detailed explanation of how any cash transfer program would work. “The one thing I can promise you is the U.S. government isn’t going to be handing out money or checks to people,” she said. Jacobson said that no decision had been made regarding whether to prioritize sending vaccines to the Northern Triangle countries, but added that the Biden administration would consider how the vaccines could help ailing economies in those countries.
Persons: Go Nakamura, Roberta Jacobson, , , Jacobson, isn’t, Biden Organizations: U.S . Border, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Central, White House, Reuters, U.S . Border Patrol, Northern Triangle Locations: Rio Grande, United States, Mexico, La Joya , Texas, U.S, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he announces executive actions on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden is calling for funding to investigate complaints of white supremacist beliefs at U.S. immigration enforcement agencies, according to a summary of his budget request for the coming fiscal year released on Friday. It was not immediately clear whether any specific incidents sparked the call for funding to battle white supremacy at CBP and ICE. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The White House budget proposal is a request of Congress to provide funding in fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1, 2021.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON, Biden Organizations: White, REUTERS, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, . Immigration, Customs Enforcement, CBP, ICE, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, Congress Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
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