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Immigrants Remain in Limbo After Biden Promised Improvements

Foreign students are struggling to get visas, and refugees who thought they would be admitted into the U.S. are being turned away.

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President Joe Biden made a promise to improve former President Trump’s immigration policies when he stepped into office. But other than proposing a huge immigration plan and signing a few executive orders, Biden’s policies have not followed through. Foreign students who were admitted to U.S. colleges in the fall are struggling to get visas. Refugees who thought they would be admitted into the U.S. after Biden announced an increase in the admissions cap are being turned away. The Biden administration has also not withdrawn from court cases in which Trump had the U.S. government work to keep immigrants out. Politico 

In other federal immigration news…

Biden Administration Drops Public Charge Rule

On Tuesday, the Biden administration informed the Supreme Court that it will not defend the “public charge” rule that considers whether an immigrant uses government benefits when deciding to grant them legal status. The designation used to be an assessment that an immigrant would be dependent on cash benefits, but the Trump administration broadened it to include non-cash benefits, including Medicaid, supplemental nutrition and federal housing assistance. Courts were divided on whether the revised rule violated federal law, but its implementation was eventually blocked. NBC News 

White House Looking for New Facilities for Migrant Children

The White House announced that it is searching for new facilities to hold the rising number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is looking for new facilities to move thousands of children out of Customs and Border Protection facilities and into housing managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides children access to education, health care and legal services. “We want them to be in shelters as quickly as possible and ultimately in families and homes where their applications can be processed,” Psaki said. The White House also said new COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allow more children to be housed at HHS-run facilities. The Hill

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