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Jonathan Fahey, acting director of ICE, resigned Wednesday just weeks after taking over the agency. Fahey did not give an explanation for his departure in an email sent to his employees late in the day. Employees were reportedly shocked by Fahley’s announcement. He joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in March as a senior adviser for immigration policy after working as a federal and state prosecutor in Virginia. Tae Johnson will replace Fahey and is the fourth acting ICE director since August. Johnson has worked for DHS and formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service for over 25 years, and held senior positions in ICE’s enforcement and removal operations divisions. The Associated Press
In other national immigration news…
Census Bureau Stops Gathering Citizenship Data
Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham put a hold on gathering U.S. residents’ citizenship status data on Wednesday, which interferes with President Trump’s plans to use the information for drawing House districts. Trump had been pushing the Census Bureau to fulfill his executive order to exclude undocumented residents from the count that decides how much federal funding and how many Congress seats each state receives over the next decade. Trump claims blue states’ large undocumented populations are boosting the number of seats. According to The Associated Press, Dillingham told employees to “discontinue their data reviews” because problems with the data call for more work. The Hill
Immigrant Organizations Sue Trump Administration in Final Week
Five immigration advocacy organizations throughout the country filed a federal lawsuit against a Department of Justice rule they say would build “devastating” new barriers that hurt people with cases in immigration court. The groups asked the court to dismiss a “last-ditch attempt to eviscerate the immigration court system, accusing the DOJ of avoiding “clear legal requirements in the eleventh hour” to push through its immigration restrictionist agenda. The groups also explained this new ruling, set to take effect Friday, would make it very hard for immigrants to appeal immigration judges’ rulings. Gothamist
MSP Airport Workers Get $15-An-Hour Wage After Four Years of Fighting
For 13 years, Adbi Ali, a Somali American, worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for as little as $7.25 an hour. He spent years fighting for $15/hour wages for him and his coworkers, encouraging them to speak up. Abdi joined the Service Employees Union Local 26 to advocate for improved working conditions. His four years of fighting for higher wages paid off recently as the Metropolitan Airports Commission voted unanimously to increase wages. On Jan. 1, the minimum wage boosted from $11 to $13.25. They’ll increase again to $14.25 in the summer. And by July 2022, workers will meet the standard minimum wage in Minneapolis of $15/hour. Sahan Journal
Honduran Migrants Travel Toward Guatemalan Border
Hundreds of Honduran migrants accumulated outside of a bus station hoping to approach the U.S. border despite Mexico and other Central American governments warning them they will not be allowed. The first group of migrants was supposed to leave Wednesday, but it was stopped the night before in San Pedro Sula by 75 police officers dressed in riot gear. An officer said they were present to stop the group from violating a pandemic curfew, to check documents and to ensure they were not traveling with random children. Central American governments also agreed earlier this week to implement immigration laws at their borders. The Associated Press
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