The Biden administration and congressional Democrats will formally unveil legislation on Thursday that would dramatically reshape the nation’s immigration laws and create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. According to administration officials, eligible undocumented immigrants could apply for temporary legal status, which confers work permits and deportation relief.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half. The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide on immigration, Stephen Miller, takes effect Oct. 15. It would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.
The United Nations’ top human rights official called for a halt to the Trump administration’s practice of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents at the border on Monday, calling it abuse. President Trump attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel over immigration, saying the German people are ‘turning against their leadership.’
A caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the Mexican border may be met by the US National Guard, as President Trump prepares legislature to block migrants and asylum seekers from entering the US. The annual symbolic caravan is meant to draw attention to the plight of migrants, not reach the US border.
Senators failed to advance a bipartisan proposal, Thursday, to resolve the future of millions of young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, in addition to supporting $25 billion in border security among other measures, with a final vote of 54-45. A competing proposal from the White House also failed with a final vote of 39-60.
Amid immigration disagreements and the threat of impending government shutdown at the end of this week, President Trump’s administration revealed plans, Wednesday, to prohibit Haitians from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers, citing ‘high levels of fraud and abuse.’ This move will end an effort to employ Haitians started after the 2010 earthquake.
The Trump administration told Congress it intends to dramatically cut the number of refugees it will admit in the next fiscal year, only up to 18,000 refugees, according to the State Department — marking a historic low and threatening to further erode the nation’s refugee resettlement program. In the last few years of the Obama presidency, the administration moved toward increasingly high caps, up to 110,000 in fiscal year 2017 amid the Syrian crisis.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that U.S. troops he dispatched to the nation’s border will use lethal force to stop migrants attempting to enter the country “if they have to.” Earlier this week, Trump authorized the military to use its rules of engagement, rather than those of domestic law enforcement agencies, at the border. He added that he will “close entry” at the border if he deems it necessary to prevent immigration.
A migrant caravan organizer was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as US officials threatened to withdraw aid from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador if migrant flow to the US was not stopped. The Honduras government urged citizens not to join the US caravan. Estimates claim up to 2,000 migrants are part of the caravan.
A woman was arrested after climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of migrant families. Therese Okoumou faces multiple charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interference with National park regulations. Police spent nearly three hours trying to talk Okoumou down from the base of the statue before physically removing her.