DHS Secretary Mayorkas Promises to Provide Restitution and Resettlement   Yesterday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas showed that elections matter. He promised to reunite families separated by Donald Trump and Stephen Miller; he rightly called out the previous administration for dismantling the entire immigration and asylum system and doing so with cruelty; and he promised to… Continue »

If anything has become clear in just one month of the new U.S. administration, it’s the significant turn that the immigration issue has taken. It has gone from a most absolute and humiliating assault over the past four years, to a more humanitarian focus to try to find a long-awaited solution for millions of immigrants who have… Continue »

The Biden Administration Should Urgently Designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua Reuters reports that the United Nations World Food Programme released a new study citing that millions across Central America are facing “emergency level food insecurity” as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue »

Yesterday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 into Congress. This long-overdue comprehensive immigration reform bill – based on President Biden’s proposal – will create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States. After years of pushing lawmakers… Continue »

Arizona Republic: Biden reinstates deportation protections for 10,000 Liberians who fled Civil War In a new piece for Arizona Republic , Daniel Gonzalez reports on welcome good news for the Liberian and broader immigrant community. President Biden has signed an executive order extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) that will protect more than 10,000 Liberians from… Continue »

We know what the Biden administration is doing on immigration. But do we know why they are doing it? Last week, the administration announced it will begin admitting thousands of asylum-seekers who have been stuck in dangerous conditions in northern Mexico. In addition, the administration announced that it will jumpstart the decimated refugee resettlement program… Continue »

A new letter signed by 60 economists calls on the Biden administration to include a path to citizenship for essential immigrant workers in the economic and COVID-19 recovery package being crafted now and expected to be considered in the Spring. The impressive array of economists write:  We are writing today to encourage you to consider… Continue »

On Tuesday (2/2) President Biden signed three new executive orders on immigration. These three EOs are in addition to the six executive orders, two DHS memos, and the sweeping legislative proposal announced on day one. These policies are a step towards unwinding the cruelty and chaos of the Trump administration in order to build a… Continue »

After four years of intense, sadistic, and systematic attacks on immigrant communities of color, the winds are beginning to blow their way, not only through acts and words of goodwill but now, above all, with concrete steps at the highest level. What political irony the United States is living today: just a few months ago,… Continue »

“President Trump’s animus towards all immigrants is perhaps only surpassed by his particular animus towards Black migrants.”    Amid the mostly positive news from the Biden Administration regarding immigration, the deportation of Black migrants stands out as an immediate area where White House intervention is needed. ICE continues to aggressively enforce Trump-era policies that target… Continue »