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The Biden administration announced a detention facility in Georgia where women reported receiving unwanted medical procedures and a Massachusetts jail where people complained of inhumane conditions won’t be allowed to detain immigrants anymore. The Department of Homeland Security said it will end its contracts with the government agency that runs the detention center in North Dartmouth and with the private operator of the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. “We will not tolerate the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention or substandard conditions of detention,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This is the first time the Biden administration has scrapped 287(g) agreements that allow local law enforcement to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Hill
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U.S. Will Reopen Remain in Mexico Cases
A top U.S. border official said the U.S. is planning on reopening the cases of some non-Mexican asylum seekers who were forced to wait in Mexico while their cases made their way through the courts. This will allow those migrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek protection in the Biden administration’s latest step in undoing the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. Under former President Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols, asylum seekers were forced to wait for their cases in Mexico, but many couldn’t make it to their hearings because they were kidnapped or faced other danger. Troy Miller, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the U.S. has already allowed over 10,000 migrants with active MPP cases into the country. Reuters
Poll Shows Support for More Pathways to Citizenship
A new NPR/Ipsos poll reveals that even though Americans are worried about an influx of migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, the majority of participants want immigrants to have a legal pathway to citizenship. “We see support for allowing law-abiding migrants to become citizens under specific circumstances, and also reforms to ensure better treatment of those at the border, particularly children,” said Mallory Newall, a research director at Ipsos. About four out of five Americans described the situation at the border as a “problem,” although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to refer to it as a “major problem.” The poll shows that two-thirds of respondents are concerned about providing migrant children necessary care. NPR
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