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As President-elect Joe Biden gets closer to taking office, he has made a series of day-one promises, including some regarding immigration. For starters, Biden plans on sending a bill to Congress to arrange a bipartisan, permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. He also promised to revamp the asylum process and broaden the refugee admissions cap to 125,000. Trump lowered the cap to 15,000, meaning it will take a while to rebuild the refugee acceptance system. Biden’s campaign also promised to review Temporary Protected Status, which provides protection for individuals who cannot find safety within their own countries. Forbes
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Undocumented Households Can Get Stimulus Checks
President Trump signed a $900 billion coronavirus funding package on Sunday, and it includes funding for citizens excluded under the last bill. Over 3 million U.S. citizens who were originally denied stimulus checks for being in a household with an undocumented person, but this package will allow them to get the $600 checks, plus $600 for dependent children in households with an undocumented spouse. Several advocacy groups pointed out the unfairness of those in mixed status households who could not receive a stimulus check the first time. The Hill
Children and Families More Likely to Avoid Deportation, DHS Data Shows
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that bringing a child to the border does affect undocumented people’s chances of winning asylum. Of a million migrants who arrived as a family unit, just six percent were sent back to their home country. And when unaccompanied children came from countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala, only five percent were sent back. Meanwhile adults who arrive without children have a 75-percent chance of deportation. DHS said this was its first time looking at this trend across agencies and departments. The Washington Times
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