JUNE 2020 Democrat Elizabeth Warren, in arguing for repeal of law making it illegal to enter the United States, said she is concerned with how the law could be used, particularly by Republican administrations bent on a punitive approach to immigration. She pointed to “zero tolerance,” which forced the separation of migrant children from their parents when their parents were charged and transferred into criminal custody, because children are not allowed in such settings under the law. “As Americans, what we need to do is have a sane system that keeps us safe at the border, but does not criminalize the activity of a mother fleeing here for safety,” she said during a Democratic presidential debate in Detroit.
JUNE 2020 Biden rewards the least productive Americans and the illegal aliens with the money of the most productive, the middle class. Biden allows illegal alien students to receive some of the $36 billion in emergency stimulus aid flowing to colleges, reversing a Trump-era policy that barred them from earlier rounds of funding that could help cover necessities such as membership dues in MS-13. Did their ancestors help to build this country? Now we have to pay for illegal aliens education again so they can take the jobs of Americans.
MARCH 2021 The Joe Dirt administration apprehended more than 170,000 migrants at the southwest border in March 2021, the most in any month for at least 15 years and up nearly 70 percent from February, as thousands of children remained backed up like sardines in hot sauce in detention facilities and border agents released an increasing number of migrant families into the United States, government documents obtained by The New York Times show. More than 18,700 unaccompanied children and teenagers were taken into custody after crossing the border, including at port entries, nearly double the roughly 9,450 minors detained in February and more than four times the 4,635 unaccompanied minors who crossed in March of 2020, the documents show.
“I will increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country, setting an annual global refugee target of 125,000,” Biden said, promising to “further raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility." The reversal: "The admission of up to 15,000 refugees remains justified by humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest,” Mr. Biden wrote in a presidential memo to the State Department. Once Mr. Trump’s cap was filled, the memo said, the ceiling could be raised again “as appropriate.” Instead of making good on his promise to significantly expand refugee entry into the United States, Mr. Biden was sticking to the cap engineered by Stephen Miller, the architect of Mr. Trump’s immigration policies.
April 15, 2021U.S. Offers Protection to People Who Fled War in Cameroon Temporary protected status will allow an estimated 40,000 Cameroonians to legally live and work in the United States. According to the Migration Policy Institute, about 900,000 people are now eligible for the temporary protected status program, which was signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.
April 16, 2021 WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Biden would limit the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to the historically low level set by the Trump administration, reversing an earlier promise to welcome more than 60,000 people fleeing war and persecution. But the move to cap the number at 15,000 prompted such an immediate backlash from Democrats and human rights activists that the White House later retreated and promised to announce a final, increased number by May 15.
In May 2021 President Biden reversed himself and said he would allow as many as 62,500 refugees to enter the United States in the next six months, eliminating the sharp limits that former President Donald J. Trump had imposed on those seeking refuge from war, violence or natural disasters. “This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Mr. Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. The action came about two weeks after Mr. Biden said he would leave Mr. Trump’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place. That announcement drew widespread condemnation from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill and from refugee advocates who accused the president of reneging on a campaign promise to welcome those in need. NYT A 46-page draft blueprint obtained by The New York Times maps out the Biden administration’s plans to significantly expand the legal immigration system, including methodically reversing the efforts to dismantle it by former President Donald J. Trump, who reduced the flow of foreign workers, families and refugees, erecting procedural barriers tougher to cross than his “big, beautiful wall.” The blueprint, dated May 3 and titled “D.H.S. Plan to Restore Trust in Our Legal Immigration System,” lists scores of initiatives intended to reopen the country to more immigrants, making good on the president’s promise to ensure America embraces its “character as a nation of opportunity and of welcome.”
"Beginning SPRING 2021, immigration officials were so overwhelmed that they admitted tens of thousands of migrants while issuing them a new document that did not include the typical hearing dates or identification numbers recognized in the immigration court system. The change sped up the process of releasing them into the country, but also made it much harder for the new arrivals to start applying for asylum — and for the government to track them. Months later, the government has not been able to complete the processing started at the border, showing how ill prepared the system was for the surge and creating a practical and political quagmire for the Biden administration. Although migrants were expelled in a little more than half the cases, more than 400,000 of them were released into the country for a variety of reasons during Mr. Biden’s first year in office. Of those, more than 94,000 were released through the sped-up process — a streamlined version of a longtime practice that critics call “catch and release,” in which those who are apprehended at the border are released from custody pending their immigration court proceedings. NYT"
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 The
Biden administration published new guidelines on for which undocumented immigrants should be prioritized for arrest, giving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents broad discretion to decide who poses threats to public safety and national security The priorities are intended to further undo broad immigration arrest policies of the Trump administration, and to instead direct immigration officers to focus on each person rather than categories of specific offenses. “The fact that an individual is a removable noncitizen should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, said. “Therefore, we are requiring and, frankly, empowering our work force — critically, empowering our work force — to exercise their judgment, their law enforcement judgment.” Such considerations include the seriousness of a past offense, what kind of harm it caused and whether a firearm was involved. Under the guidelines, agents should also consider “advanced or tender age” as a mitigating factor. Other considerations include the effect that arresting and eventually deporting someone would have on the person’s family.
OCTOBER 22, 2021 A record 1.7 million migrants from around the world, many of them from that 3rd World Shithole, Haiti, were encountered trying to enter the United States illegally in the last 12 months, capping a year of chaos at the southern border, which has emerged as one of the most formidable challenges for the Biden administration. Single adults represented the largest group of those detained in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, at 1.1 million, or 64 percent of all crossers. There were also large numbers of migrant families — more than 479,000, which is about 48,000 fewer than during the last surge in family crossings in 2019. A public health rule, invoked by President Donald J. Trump at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to seal the border, has remained in place under the Biden administration. Over the last 12 months, the Border Patrol has carried out more than one million expulsions of migrants back to Mexico or to the migrants’ home countries. Agents used the public health rule to expel migrants they encountered 61 percent of the time and to expel families 26 percent of the time. But the nearly 147,000 children whom agents encountered without parents or guardians was the largest number since 2008, when the government started tallying unaccompanied minors. It was the highest number of illegal crossings recorded since at least 1960, when the government first began tracking such entries. NYT
OCTOBER 29, 2021 WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making another attempt to end a Trump-era immigration program that a court ordered be reinstated, offering a more detailed description about the “benefits and cost” of forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending. NYT
DECEMBER 2, 2021 WASHINGTON — Mexico has agreed to allow the United States to restart a Trump-era asylum program that requires certain migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending, complicating the Biden administration’s efforts to roll back the former president’s restrictive immigration policies. The Biden administration has tried to end the program, which American officials and advocacy groups have assailed as dangerous and inhumane. But it has been forced to restart it under a court order, and doing so requires the cooperation of the Mexican government, which had been reluctant to do so without commitments to address humanitarian concerns.
After carefully considering the arguments, evidence , and perspectives presented by those who support re-implementation of MPP, those who support terminating the program, and those who have argued for continuing MPP in a modified form, I have determined that MPP should be terminated. In reaching this conclusion, I recognize that MPP likely contributed to reduced migratory flows . But it did so by imposing substantial and unjustifiable human costs on the individuals who were exposed to harm while waiting in Mexico. The Biden-Harris Administration, by contrast, is pursuing a series of policies that disincentivize irregular migration while incentivizing safe, orderly, and humane pathways. These policies-including the ongoing efforts to reform our asylum system and address the root causes of migration in the region-seek to tackle longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades and achieve systemic change. Once fully implemented, I believe these policies will address migratory flows as effectively, in fact more effectively, while holding to our nation's values.
DECEMBER 16, 2021 The Biden administration on pulled out of negotiations to offer financial compensation to thousands of migrant families for the harm inflicted on them by a Trump-era policy that separated parents and children at the border. Talks had stalled, they said, after a leak in late October suggested that up to $450,000 could be paid to each of the families affected by the policy. In February, the White House established a task force led by Alejandro Mayorkas to reunify separated families. It had been negotiating with the A.C.L.U. to settle a class-action lawsuit over the separations, to find families that remain separated, and to provide all the families a pathway to live in the United States permanently. Those talks continue. In separate negotiations, lawyers representing separated families had been in discussions with Justice Department lawyers over financial compensation for the injuries caused by the policy. Hundreds of lawyers filed more than 900 claims against the government, but those settlement discussions have now been suspended with the Justice Department’s decision to go back to court, lawyers said.
DECEMEBER 2021 As of December 2021, immigrants represented 14.1 percent of the U.S. population, matching the peak of the decades-long immigration boom that began in the 1960s and approaching the record 14.8 percent seen in 1890, shortly before large numbers of Europeans began disembarking from vessels at Ellis Island. The newcomers since President Biden took office come from all over the globe, as the government has lifted the cap on refugees, welcomed thousands of families seeking asylum on the southwestern border and reopened the door to foreign workers on temporary visas. Meanwhile: Mexico exports $3.2 billion worth of avocados and $500 million of limes annually, and drug cartels are forcing their way into these profitable businesses, not only extorting them as they have for years, but also running the operations themselves. Some are even planting orchards and opening avocado packing plants to diversify their revenues and fund their efforts to capture more territory. Let Mexicans become the majority in USA, with Aztec heritage, culture, birthrate, religion - it could happen here. [plus the water supply will be depeated because they eat food. ha ha]
FEBRUARY 17, 2022 The Biden administration said it would propose a regulation that some say would make it harder for future administrations to restore the Trump-era “public charge” policy that allowed officials to deny permanent residency to immigrants who received or were most likely to need public benefits. The new proposed regulation, which will be open to public comments for 60 days once it is published in the Federal Register, is “more legally defensible,” because it is going through the government’s rule-making process, said Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute. It also adds specificity to some of the terms and clauses in an initial 1999 guidance, so less will be left to interpretation, she said.
The Trump rule spurred so much fear in immigrant communities that some people who were not subject to the public charge regulation started to avoid public benefits all together.
FEBRUARY 18, 2022 The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Biden administration can end a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico.
MARCH 4, 2022 U.S. Can’t Use Health Rule to Expel Migrant Families Facing Persecution, Court Says; An appeals court said the Biden administration could continue expelling migrant families under the pandemic-era rule, but not to countries where they would be persecuted. See the case in question
MARCH 29, 2022 There has long been concern that lifting the public health order, which gives border officials the authority to quickly expel migrants, including those seeking asylum, will open a floodgate of illegal migration. Some administration officials, under pressure from immigration advocates, had hoped the order, known as Title 42, could be lifted when seasonal migration trends decreased — but that never really happened. Since October, border officials have apprehended 900,000 undocumented migrants at the southwest border, the Homeland Security Department said on Tuesday. During the 2021 fiscal year, undocumented migrants were caught a record-breaking 1.7 million times. The number of illegal crossings went up significantly after President Biden took office compared with the previous year, when numbers were down, in part because of the pandemic. NYT
MARCH 30, 2022 Border officials have encountered about 7,000 migrants daily. An even bigger surge — Homeland Security officials said they were preparing for as many as 18,000 migrants a day The public health order that was suspended gave border officials the authority to quickly expel illegal aliens, even those pretending to seek asylum, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at border facilities and in border communities. In all, there have been 1.7 million expulsions under the order, which was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is known as Title 42. It was not immediately clear whether the C.D.C. would lift the order in phases or all at once. The move will likely draw court challenges from Republican-led states, as have most of the Biden administration’s actions on immigration..
APRIL 1, 2022 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it would lift Title 42, gives officials the authority to turn away migrants at the border, including those seeking asylum. The process takes about 15 minutes, a factor that has helped the Border Patrol manage the sometimes overwhelming number of undocumented migrants gathering at the border.
APRIL 3, 2022 On April 3, 2022, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, Principal Legal Advisor Kerry E. Doyle issued a memorandum to all ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, or OPLA, attorneys providing guidance on exercising prosecutorial discretion in removal proceedings (Doyle Memorandum). The Doyle Memorandum outlines procedures for OPLA attorneys to follow in designating cases priorities or non-priorities. For non-priority cases, OPLA attorneys are encouraged to cancel Notices to Appear or dismiss active proceedings whenever possible. Page and related content
MAY 5, 2022 When asked whether the administration — which is updating DACA — was considering extending protections to documented youths, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, told the House Judiciary Committee that the department did not plan to do so. Its focus was “to fortify the existing DACA program” and shift responsibility for documented youths to Congress, he said, adding that their situation spoke to “the imperative to pass immigration reform.” NYT
MAY 5, 2022 Texas governor Abbott wants to overturn Plyler v. Doe "A Texas statute which withholds from local school districts any state funds for the education of children who were not "legally admitted" into the United States, and which authorizes local school districts to deny enrollment to such children, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."
MAY 20, 2022 Judge Robert R. Summerhays of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a nationwide preliminary injunction directing the administration to keep Title 42 in place for now, effectively postponing what would almost certainly be tens of thousands of new migrant admissions. Even with the public health order in place, U.S. Border Patrol agents are encountering near-record numbers of people who either crossed on their own or were allowed to enter under various Title 42 exemptions. A total of 234,088 migrants crossed the southern border in April.
MAY 24, 2022 Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, accused of being a member of the Islamic State, helped plot to murder former President George W. Bush in retaliation for waging war against Iraq, the F.B.I. said.Law enforcement officials said they had arrested Iraqi citizen living in Columbus, Ohio, Shihab Shihab, 52, and charged him with aiding and abetting a plot to assassinate Mr. Bush, going so far as to conspire to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the United States to help carry out the killing.
MAY 26, 2022 Of the more than 700,000 people released into the United States since Biden has been in office, most who undergo his new streamlined process will be added to backlog of more than 1.7 million cases in the immigration court system.