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Recent attacks on Asian Americans have revealed a generational split within the community. Young activists say their parents and elders are upset by the violence yet question the purpose of protesting or worry about consequences. Some people have also discovered that older generations of Asian Americans are closer with their ethnic groups and won’t acknowledge racism against others; Some elders are fighting alongside the younger generation. The division in the community has made it difficult for Asian Americans to acknowledge the increase of assault on people of Asian descent. The Associated Press
Biden Administration Might Renew ICE Contract in Florida
The Biden administration might renew a contract with private prison company GEO Group to run a South Florida immigration detention center. Department of Homeland Security officials had a closed-door meeting with the private prison operator about continuing the contract and making modifications to improve public outlook, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that the Broward Transitional Facility contract, which expires in July, is “under negotiations for renewal.” During Biden’s presidential campaign, he promised to stop the federal government’s use of private prisons. Biden issued an executive order instructing the Department of Justice to not renew contracts with private prisons, but DHS wasn’t included in this order. The Miami Herald
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ICE Detainee Faces Continued Custody or Deportation
Walter Cruz-Zavala has to make the challenging choice of remaining in custody or being deported to El Salvador. He was a part of the dozens of young men arrested in San Diego from ICE’s largest operation against MS-13 in 2008. Cruz-Zavala went to jail when he was 18 years old is now 21, and has since left the gang behind. He won his immigration case twice and had a release plan to be put into a rehabilitation facility. But Cruz-Zavala is still in detention and faces deportation, which could lead to his death, as he still has an MS tattoo and is a known former member of the gang. The Intercept
Arizona AG Blames Immigrants for Climate Change
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) has blamed the Biden administration, in a lawsuit, for not protecting the environment. In the lawsuit, Brnovich wants to bring back former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies because he believes that more immigration can cause an increase in climate-changing pollution. “Their actions also directly result in the release of pollutants, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which directly affects air quality,” the suit says of immigrants. It’s a far-fetched claim, especially since migration is expected to increase as climate change effects worsen. A January 2021 study even found that “immigration may indeed yield environmental benefits and that environmental quality may represent an important factor or amenity influencing immigration flows.” HuffPost
Immigrant Reflects on How Winning Asylum Changed His Life
When Gilberto was 13, MS-13 gang members in Guatemala cornered him and threatened to kill him because he was religious and didn’t want to sell drugs. In May 2014, Gilberto fled Guatemala City and headed to the U.S. to live with his father. He was kidnapped two times during his journey to the U.S.-Mexico border and reunited with his father in Los Angeles through the Office of Refugee Resettlement in July 2014. He then sought asylum, and won it in 2016. Now 20 years old, Gilberto often thinks about how different his life would’ve been if he didn’t make it to the U.S. According to government data, roughly 90,000 Central American unaccompanied children who arrived at the border between 2013 and 2019 were granted asylum. CBS News
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