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DACA Applications Reopen

Hopeful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients have started applying for the program again after the Supreme Court halted Trump's attempt to end it

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An undocumented teenager from Central Pennsylvania is hoping to be the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipient since the Supreme Court shot down the Trump administration’s attempts to end the program. Arlette Morales was brought to the U.S from Mexico as a child. She sent her application to USCIS this month, but the agency has yet to acknowledge its receipt or confirm it was under review. Her application was one of the first two that an advocacy organization filed since the ruling was made in June. USCIS confirmed it has already started rejecting flawed applications. WHYY

In other national immigration news…

Trump Administration Deports Stateless Man

The Trump administration deported Adham A. Hassoun, a stateless Palestinian man, to an unidentified country on Tuesday, according to an affidavit filed in federal court in Buffalo. Hassoun, a former computer programmer, arrived in the U.S. on a student visa and was arrested in 2002 following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was convicted of providing material support for terrorism in 2007 for sending aid to militants in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya in the 1990s. The federal government told him he would be detained indefinitely, but he was later released. The Trump administration opposed this and arranged for him to be resettled in an undisclosed country. The New York Times

Canadian Court Rules Safe Third Country Agreement is Unconstitutional

A Canadian court ruled on Wednesday that the safe third country agreement between Canada and the U.S. was unconstitutional. The ruling was a stunning rebuke of the U.S. asylum system. The agreement barred individuals from claiming asylum in Canada if they were entering from the U.S., which a large number of people had been doing since Trump came into power. The judge in the case found that claimants trying to enter Canada to seek asylum could face imprisonment in the U.S., which is in violation of their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, thus making the U.S. unsafe. The Wall Street Journal

Federal Judge Denies Release of Families from Detention

A federal judge on Wednesday declined to order the release of children and parents being held in U.S. family detention centers, where the coronavirus is spreading rapidly. About 300 parents and children asked Judge James E. Boasberg to order the government to release them over their fears of catching COVID-19. A separate judge had ordered the release of all the children being held at the facilities. Boasberg found ordering their release was too broad an action. Separately, an investigation by the Associated Press found that immigrant children as young as 1 were being detained in hotels before they were deported home countries. Associated Press

Analysis Predicts Millions Will Migrate to the U.S. Due to Climate Change

An analysis by The New York Times and ProPublica found that up to 30 million migrants will head north from Central America to the U.S. over the next 30 years because of climate change. Studies have shown that by 2070, one in three people will be living in inhospitable climates, forcing mass migration around the world. Their model found that the number of migrants who decide to make the trip north will largely depend on global decisions to curb carbon release and the warming of the Earth. ProPublica/The New York Times

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Mazin Sidahmed

Mazin Sidahmed is the co-executive director of Documented. He previously worked for the Guardian US in New York. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut and he also contributed to Politico New York.




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