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Thousands of Afghan Refugees Begin Leaving U.S. Military Sites

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Latest government figures show that the U.S. has started discharging thousands of Afghan evacuees from U.S. military sites and putting them in communities throughout the U.S. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security data, roughly 6,000 Afghan evacuees left the sites to start their lives in the U.S. while receiving help from nonprofit refugee resettlement agencies. About 3,000 U.S. citizens, green card holders and Afghans with U.S. family members left the sites on their own. Meanwhile in the last week, about 4,000 Afghan evacuees were resettled throughout the U.S. CBS News

In other national immigration news…

Border Patrol Arrested 1.7 Million in 2021 Fiscal Year

U.S. authorities arrested over 1.7 million migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended in September. That made it the highest number of annual arrests ever recorded, according to data obtained by The Washington Post. Migrants from outside of Mexico and Central America made up 367,000 of those arrested. According to the report, 309,000 migrants from Honduras were detained, as well as 279,000 from Guatemala and 96,000 from El Salvador. Mexico still took the lead of the most migrants apprehended at the southern border with 608,000 Mexican nationals. The Washington Post 

Texas Congressmember Introduces New Bill for Asylum Seekers

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) introduced a bill, the Reimagining Asylum Processing Act, to take asylum seekers out of immigration enforcement agencies’ custody and put them in processing centers run by administrators and refugee specialists. The new bill would also block credible fear interviews from being conducted in Customs and Border Protection custody. These new Humanitarian Processing Centers would also restrict CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement presence on the property. “For decades, our nation’s response to increased migration has relied on militarizing border communities like El Paso instead of addressing root causes and improving the legal systems and regulations to which we subject asylum seekers,” said Escobar. Border Report 

Analyzing Language Loss Among Minnesota’s Immigrant Communities

When immigrants come to the U.S., sometimes within a generation or two, children end up not being able to speak the native language their parents and grandparents speak. This loss of language can result in grandparents not being able to hold a conversation with their grandchildren due to a language barrier. MPR News host Angela Davis collaborated with Sahan Journal to analyze the emotion surrounding the language loss. Laura Yuen, the Star Tribune columnist who wrote about her experience, told Davis that she’s embarrassed that she can’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese to her immigrant parents. Sahan Journal 

Appeals Court Overturns Order Protecting Immigrant Detainees

A federal appeals court decided to overturn a nationwide order that required federal immigration authorities to monitor and possibly release detainees who are at high risk of dying from COVID-19. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Riverside federal judge overreacted when he distributed a preliminary injunction in April 2020. This required the government to identify and track immigrant detainees with health problems and instructions to be released throughout the pandemic. Judge Daniel A. Bress, a Trump appointee, wrote that these early releases doesn’t mean that it’s the government’s approach and “reflected reckless disregard on a national basis.” Los Angeles Times

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