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President Joe Biden said Friday the administration aims to get all Americans out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31. He is also committed to trying to evacuate as many Afghan interpreters and those who helped the U.S. government as possible. Biden said he believed the U.S. can follow through with evacuating those individuals by the deadline, but that “we’re going to make that judgement as we go.” Biden mentioned he has been in contact with the U.S.’ global allies to expedite the safe removal of American citizens, Afghan SIV applicants, interpreters and other allies from Kabul. According to Biden, as of Friday afternoon, there were 6,000 American troops moving American assets to safety, with aims to evacuate 5,700 people every 24 hours. A total of 13,000 people have been evacuated since Saturday. NPR
In other national immigration news…
Supreme Court Permits Pause of Trump-Era Program
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. temporarily paused a ruling by a Texas federal judge. The ruling required the Biden administration to bring back the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols forcing asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to wait for approval in Mexico. Alito granted the Biden administration an administrative stay, allowing the administration’s revocation to stand “so that the full court can consider the application.” The court will make an official decision on the program Tuesday. Justice Alito also ordered Texas and Missouri, the states challenging the program, to answer the administration’s arguments by Tuesday. The New York Times
Mayorkas Met with Parents Separated from Children
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas virtually met last week with seven parents who were separated from their children by the Trump’s administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. These parents, from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, were reunited with their families though a Biden administration task force. “He apologized to the families for what the government did and is dedicated to supporting them as they move forward with their lives, recognizing that the harm cannot be undone, and that some of the emotional scars will stay with them,” said task force Director Michelle Brané. The parents asked Mayorkas and Brané to provide support to other families who were affected by the policy, including a legal pathway to citizenship. The Hill