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The Biden administration is sending the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the surge of unaccompanied minor children at the U.S.-Mexico border for the next 90 days. On Saturday evening, the Department of Homeland Security said it is relocating children from U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody to “place them with a family member or sponsor until their immigration status is adjudicated.” More migrants have been arriving at the border as the Biden administration slowly unwinds some Trump-era immigration policies. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said addressing the surge of unaccompanied children has been difficult because of the current public health crisis. NPR
In other federal immigration news…
Biden Struggles to Unweave More than 1,000 Trump Immigration Policies
Former President Donald Trump enacted about 1,000 different immigration measures during his time in office, according to the Immigration Policy Tracking Project. This long trail of policies is making it difficult for the Biden administration to quickly overhaul Trump’s measures. “Undoing all of that requires, as to each policy, an assessment of what the replacement ought to be, what legal requirements are for changing it, and what the operational and logistical challenges are for implementing a new policy,” said Lucas Guttentag, former senior counselor at DHS under the Obama administration. For the last four years, the Trump administration has blocked asylum seekers from entering the U.S., limited green card access to those who might need public assistance, and terminated protections for immigrants who left their home countries during a crisis. The Hill
House Pushes Immigration Bills for 1st Time in Years
Starting this week, House and Senate Democrats will work to pass a variety of immigration bills that could create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office said the House will start by trying to pass the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization. These bills are separate from Biden’s immigration overhaul, which is the first proposed comprehensive immigration bill since 2013. That package included a pathway to citizenship and increased border security, and passed in the Senate with bipartisan support but dwindled in the House. It has been more than three decades since Congress approved expansive immigration changes. USA Today