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More than half of U.S. adults who participated in a survey said they oppose the way President Joe Biden is handling the border influx. A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 53 percent of respondents said they disapprove at least somewhat of the job Biden has done in causing the number of migrants crossing the border skyrocket. Only 37 percent approved of Biden while 44 percent strongly disapproved. The poll also shows 64 percent of Democrats approve of how Biden is dealing with the situation at the border, while 10 percent of Republicans approve. The Hill
In other federal immigration news…
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ICE Ends Trump-Era Policy of Fining Undocumented
Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that it will stop issuing fines to undocumented immigrants who didn’t leave the U.S. The policy of fining undocumented immigrants and those who facilitate their presence originally started in December 2018 under the Trump administration. ICE officials said the agency determined the policy to be “ineffective” and also plans to cancel current fines issued to undocumented immigrants. “We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. ICE stopped issuing fines on Jan. 20 and Friday’s announcement ensured the agency will follow the new policy change. CNN
Harris Wants to Give Migrants Hope
On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris said her main goal for immigration with the Biden administration is to provide hope for migrants. “We have to give people some sense of hope, that if they stay, that help is on the way,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash on the “State of the Union.” Harris mentioned that parts of the federal government, such as the Commerce and Agriculture departments, will roll out new policies to help immigrants at the border. She also plans to work alongside community-based organizations in countries, including Mexico and Guatemala, to create better conditions and give reasons for citizens to remain in their home countries. Politico
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