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President Joe Biden will nominate two critics of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to key positions in the administration, according to a White House official. He intends to nominate Chris Magnus, the chief of police in Tucson, to lead Customs and Border Protection and Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services. Magnus has publicly criticized anti-immigration policies from the Trump administration. If confirmed, he would have to handle the influx of unaccompanied migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. During the Trump administration, Jaddou worked for America’s Voice as director of DHS Watch, an immigrant advocacy group. The New York Times and Reuters
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Three Central American Countries Station Troops to Lower Migration
The Biden administration made an agreement with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, having those countries deploy security forces to their borders to help decrease the wave of migration in the U.S. A record number of unaccompanied children attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in March, and Border Patrol is currently holding its largest number of migrants since March 2001. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Mexico will deploy roughly 10,000 troops, Guatemala will deploy 1,500 police and military personnel and Honduras will deploy 7,000 police and military to their borders. Guatemala plans on also setting up 12 checkpoints along its migratory route. A White House official said Guatemala and Honduras are temporarily deploying troops in response to a large caravan of migrants that was recently being organized. The Associated Press
Democrats Want Shelter System Restored
More than 60 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to stop depending on overflow facilities to house migrants in a letter shared with CNN. “In many cases, they have fled to the United States in search of humanitarian relief from extreme violence, sexual abuse, and other dangers in their countries of origin. Unaccompanied children’s well-being — and often their lives — depend on their treatment by the U.S. government,” the letter stated. The letter was sent to secretaries of HHS, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and heads of other federal agencies. It includes signatures from Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Veronica Escobar and Joaquin Castro, both of Texas. The lawmakers stressed the importance of restoring the permanent shelter system. CNN
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