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Border Reopening Could Bring Republican Criticism

Plus: Veterans' deportations could be reversed, and Biden plans public campaign to encourage citizenship applications

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The White House is getting ready to reopen the southern border in the next few weeks, and President Joe Biden’s allies are concerned about possible attacks from Republicans. The Biden administration plans to soon lift a public health rule that rapidly expelled migrants who crossed into the U.S. Immigrant advocates say this plan is overdue, while administrative officials and immigration experts say the lift could bring large numbers of migrants to the border. According to a new poll by the National Republican Senate Committee’s poll, 53 percent of voters said they’re less likely to support Democrats for Congress due to the increase of migrants at the border. Politico 

Veterans’ Deportations Could be Reversed

The Biden administration is seeking to locate veterans who were deported to provide them a pathway to citizenship and access to Veterans Affairs benefits. The Department of Homeland Security also said it is looking to “avoid future unjust removals” of non-citizen military service members. Under the Biden plan, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection will “review the cases of individuals whose removals failed to live up to our highest values.” This includes ensuring all eligible current and former noncitizen service members and their immediate families can stay in or return to the U.S. The Hill 

Biden Plans to Encourage U.S. Citizenship Applications

A USCIS official said the Biden administration will announce an unprecedented effort to encourage eligible immigrants to apply for citizenship. The effort follows one of Biden’s executive orders that authorized federal agencies to establish “welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship.” “The idea is to find a whole-of-government way to reach out to people who are able to naturalize,” the official said, adding that roughly 9 million lawful permanent residents in the U.S. who may be eligible for citizenship. The encouragement could include holding naturalization ceremonies at national parks, displaying promotional posters about becoming a U.S. citizen and engaging with the Department of Veterans and veteran service organizations to educate service members and veterans on citizenship. CNN

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