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USCIS Furlough Imminent as Congressional Stimulus Talks Stumble

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asked for $1.2 billion to keep paying its employees, but will run out of funding at the end of the month

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could furlough two-thirds of its workforce at the end of the month as negotiations on the next stimulus package continue to stall. The agency told Congress in May that it expected to furlough the majority of its workforce because of a budget shortfall and asked for $1.2 billion. The funds would likely be in the next coronavirus relief bill, but Democrats and the White House have been unable to reach an agreement to pass it. The next likely opportunity to parcel out funding is in September through appropriations legislation. CNN

Trump Considers Banning Americans with Coronavirus

President Trump is considering new rules that would allow border officials to block American citizens or legal permanent residents from returning to the U.S. if authorities have reason to believe they may be infected with the coronavirus. A draft regulation would expand the government’s power to prevent entry from citizens and residents in individual circumstances. Federal agencies have been asked to submit feedback, but it is unclear if this regulation will be approved or announced. The draft order includes a clause that any policy must “include appropriate protections to ensure that no constitutional rights are infringed.” The New York Times

What’s in Biden’s Immigration Plan

If former Vice President Joe Biden is elected president, he vowed to make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program permanent on “day one” of his presidency. “I will continue to stand with DACA recipients, their parents and their families at every step, and in November, joined by millions across this country, we will reject the president who tried to rip so many of our family members, friends and co-workers out of our lives,” Biden said in a statement in June. Biden has also said he would not tear down border walls built under Trump, but would stop their construction. He also promised to rescind Trump’s travel bans on over 10 countries. Newsweek, Reuters

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