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A federal court has ruled that the Trump administration’s rules restricting or, in some instances, terminating work authorization for asylum seekers were illegally enacted, meaning the regulations are void. Over a year ago, nearly 20 asylum seekers and three groups sued the Department of Homeland Security challenging those rules. The asylum seekers included transgender women, parents, and children and adults fleeing political persecution, gender-based violence, or gang and drug-cartel violence. Their work permit applications were delayed or prohibited by the rules. National Immigrant Justice Center
Biden Administration Setting up Qatar Hub for Processing At-Risk Afghans
Senior administration officials announced that the Biden administration is establishing a system in Qatar for ensuring Afghans at risk overseas can apply for permanent legal status and are ready to resettle in the U.S. as soon as possible. Tens of thousands of Afghans have already been resettled in the U.S. following their escape from the Taliban. But most of them entered the U.S. through a temporary status. The new system in Qatar is supposed to help future Afghan arrivals gain legal entry into the U.S. when they finish the refugee or Special Immigrant Visas process. CBS News