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Biden Lets ‘Vulnerable’ Migrants into U.S.

Plus: Ocasio-Cortez leads Democratic opposition to ICE removal guidance, Harris discusses stemming Central American migration.

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The Biden administration will soon allow about 250 “particularly vulnerable” immigrants into the U.S. daily, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said. This would be an exception to a current pandemic-related public health policy that bars most families and single adult migrants from crossing the southern border. Immigrants would be considered vulnerable if they are are sick, are in families with very young children or were threatened or attacked while they were in Mexico. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Customs and Border Protection has already allowed 2,000 immigrants into the U.S. to wait their immigration hearings. NBC News 

In other federal immigration news…

Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Biden to ‘End the Carceral Approach to Immigration

More than 30 House Democrats led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the White House outlining concerns about a temporary guidance for federal immigration enforcement and removal operations. The temporary guidance directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target national security threats in immigration enforcement, but hasn’t been changed since it was implemented in February. The letter calls on the Biden administration to create “guidelines and directives that welcome those seeking humanitarian relief, decarcerate ICE detention facilities, and allow for people to pursue lawful status without ICE prosecution.” Common Dreams 

Harris Discusses Immigration With Hispanic Caucus

Vice President Kamala Harris gathered members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Monday to talk about the main reasons why Central Americans and Mexicans migrate to the U.S. Meeting attendees said Harris talked with corporate leaders willing to invest in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The administration wants these private sector leaders, as well as governments and non-governmental organizations, to get involved with stemming migration. CHC Chair Rep. Raúl Ruiz (D-Calif.) said cooperation is necessary to “reduce the violence, the corruption, the deterioration of democratic rule of law, poverty, hunger” in Central America. The Hill

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