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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will begin to close two facilities in Texas and two convention centers in California by early August that are holding migrant children, according to Aurora Miranda-Maese, juvenile coordinator for the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Unaccompanied children are still crossing the U.S.-Mexico border every day, but officials reported a decline in the number of children housed in emergency facilities. Miranda-Maese said children are being released to U.S. relatives or sent to state-licensed shelters. The Biden administration originally opened up emergency sites in the spring to handle the increase of unaccompanied children at the border. The Associated Press
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Husband Trying to Bring Wife Back Home After Trump Administration Denied Her Entry
Jason Rochester, a Georgia resident, did everything he could to try to convince the Trump administration to allow his undocumented wife Cecilia to return to their U.S. home. He wanted to her to receive legal status and put her on the path to become a U.S. citizen like him and their son, Ashton. They planned on having her go to Mexico voluntarily in 2018 so she would be able to re-enter with legal papers. But even when Ashton went through a year of treatment for kidney cancer, the Trump administration saw no reason to let Cecilia in the U.S. With a new administration in office, Rochester is preparing to try to get Cecilia home. Politico
Minnesota Immigrant Farmers Struggle in the Summer Heat
It’s only the beginning of the summer and Minnesota has already see record high heat waves above 90 degrees 11 times this month. Experts say climate change is making hot and dry summers more common in the state, which means tough farming conditions will continue. While 99 percent of Minnesota farmers are white, many immigrant families and people of color in the farming industry have entered the field as small-scale produce farmers, selling fruits and vegetables through CSAs, farmers markets and directly to restaurants. Sahan Journal
U.S. Expediting Visas for Relatives of Surfside Condo Collapse Victims
U.S. State Department officials are expediting visas for relatives of the victims and survivors of the Surfside condo collapse in Miami. City and county governments, along with a U.S. consulate and U.S. embassies, are working to rush the process. Visas records are typically confidential under U.S. law, but a federal source told the Miami Herald that the condo collapse counts as an “extreme humanitarian consideration” and that officials will process those applications first. Roughly 36 individuals from Latin American nations are among those who were reported missing since the incident. McClatchy
Data Shows Work-Based Immigration is Increasing
Envoy Global and New American Economy released a report showing U.S. employers are increasingly seeking foreign workers. Data from Labor Certification Applications for foreign skilled workers showed “employers of computer-related or professional service workers continued to seek permission to hire foreign workers through the H-1B visa program… even during the worst of the pandemic,” the study found. Still, the number of LCAs sought in major tech hubs in Silicon Valley, New York City and Washington D.C., have declined. Dice
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