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Activists Demand More Accessible Excluded Workers Fund

Plus: What the Flores Settlement means for migrant children, and what to expect from the Biden administration's immigration policies

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New York’s $2.1 billion Excluded Workers Fund application will close in a month, but some excluded workers still don’t have what they need to apply. On Monday, the Fund Excluded Workers Coalition held a rally with elected officials and Make the Road New York at the New York State Department of Labor office to ensure that everyone eligible for the fund has the correct information to apply. Some of these workers don’t know how to prepare their paperwork since they weren’t advised on which documents to gather and submit. Others say they haven’t been able to renew their municipal IDNYC or make an appointment for assistance. amNY 

In other local immigration news…

How the Flores Settlement Agreement Affects the Custody of Detained Child Migrants

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This explanation is part of Documented’s Glossary to help readers understand the U.S. immigration system. The Flores Settlement Agreement of 1997 resulted from a class-action lawsuit filed in 1985 for immigrant children detained by what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It defined the standards for detention and release of unaccompanied minors taken into INS custody throughout the U.S. The agreement requires the government to house unaccompanied minors in “the least restrictive setting appropriate.” In addition, it guarantees children must be detained in “safe and sanitary” facilities and that federal authorities should transfer their care to an adult or a non-secure, state-licensed facility when possible. Read more at Documented.

Documented Talks: The Future of Immigration Courts

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After four years of the Trump administration upending immigration courts, Documented is about to explore what the new administration will do differently. On Friday, July 23 at 1 p.m., Documented will hold a Zoom discussion about the future of immigration courts with Immigration Judge Amiena Khan, President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, and The Marshall Project’s Contributing Writer, Julia Preston. The two will discuss where the judge’s union stands in the decertification fight, what judges want to see from the Biden administration and what the lasting impacts will stem from the past four years.

Register here for the free Zoom event on Friday, July 23 at 1 p.m.

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