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Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Who Claim Persecution in Home Country

Plus: 1 million arrested at the border since October, and 50,000 immigrants applied for DACA since October.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against immigrants who were deported but returned to the U.S. because they said they feared persecution in their home countries. The case involved a Salvadoran citizen who was quickly threatened by a gang when he was deported from the U.S., and was detained when he returned. His side sought a bond hearing, but the court’s six conservative members decided he would not be eligible. The liberal wing meanwhile said it made no sense for the immigrant to “face proceedings that may last for many months or years.” The Associated Press and The Washington Post 

In other federal immigration news…

1 Million Arrested at Border Since October

More than one million migrants have been arrested after crossing the southern border since last October, according to two U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials. Federal border officials haven’t released the arrest numbers for June. Many immigrants were arrested at the border because of the pandemic-related policy that allowed for their rapid expulsion, which the Trump administration implemented and the Biden administration has continued to use. One official said that in June, over 6,300 individuals have crossed the border daily, citing a 21-day average. CNN 

50,000 Immigrants Applied for DACA in Three Months

About 50,000 immigrant teenagers and young adults applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program within three months of its reopening in December. Between January and March, less than 800 immigrants had their first-time applications for DACA approved. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had a backlog of over 55,000 pending first-time DACA applications as of March 31. “These are people who have waited for over three years to apply and are fearful every day that there could be a court ruling closing down the program,” said Karen Tumlin, a lawyer who has represented DACA recipients in federal litigation. In a statement to CBS News, USCIS spokesperson Victoria Palmer acknowledged the delays, citing the pandemic and the increase in the amount of petitions. CBS News

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