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Republicans blocked Senate Democrats’ proposal Wednesday that would fast track a bill to grant Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) were behind the bill that would’ve granted Venezuelans the ability to live and work legally in the U.S. for limited time without fear of deportation. They attempted to pass it using unanimous consent, but Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) blocked the bill’s passage on behalf of Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, the Miami Herald reports. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden criticized Republicans for blocking the bill, which was co-authored by two Florida lawmakers: Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Democratic Rep. Darren Soto. The Miami Herald
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Mexican Government Calls for Info on ICE Abuse
The Mexican government has asked for information on allegations that migrants were subjected to forced hysterectomies at an immigration jail in Georgia, and that a migrant allegedly suffered sexual abuse at a facility in Texas. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said that it had made a “formal request” for information on the alleged abuses. The allegations were made by a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. Associated Press
Wolf Defies Subpoena
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf did not appear Thursday morning for a House hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland following an argument with the committee over scheduling. Wolf instead participated in a meeting with Senate Homeland Security Committee staff about his upcoming nomination. DHS said Wolf’s pending nomination means he can’t discuss other department matters at this time, but House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) issued a subpoena calling him to testify. CNN
Trump Admin. Will Appeal Census Ruling
The Trump administration intends to appeal the ruling against its attempts not to count undocumented immigrants in the upcoming census. A three-judge panel in New York found that Trump did not have the right to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count that would determine how many congressional seats each state gets. Associated Press
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