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President Joe Biden on Wednesday reversed former President Donald Trump’s pandemic visa and green card pause. Trump said he paused distributing green cards to incoming immigrants and stopped temporary work visas for skilled workers, managers and au pairs in the H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L-1 and J categories to protect American jobs as COVID-19 shut down businesses. “It harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here,” Biden said of the rule. This turnaround means hundreds of thousands of foreigners who thought they had to wait until the end of March to apply for visas can now do it sooner. NPR
In other federal immigration news…
Republican Confronts Stephen Miller at Party Meeting
Politico reported earlier this week that former Trump aide Stephen Miller was set to discuss immigration issues with conservative House members while they arrange their opposition to Biden’s changes to the Trump-era immigration regulations. But at the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House, freshman Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) confronted Miller. She pushed for immigration policies that would expand the GOP tent and asked Miller how Republicans could win over Latino voters with the harsh anti-immigration policies the party has become known far. Other Republicans reportedly didn’t attend the event because Miller, the architect of Trump’s harshest immigration policies, would be there. Politico
Parents of 105 Separated Migrant Children Found
Lawyers have found the parents of 105 migrant children separated by the Trump administration over the past month, they said in a Wednesday court filing. Immigration lawyers and advocates have yet to find the parents of 506 children remaining in government custody. Lawyers said the parents of 322 of those children may have been deported. They do plan to work with the Biden administration’s new task force to reunite the families, the lawyers said Wednesday. NBC News