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Interior Immigration Arrests Hit Record Low

Plus: Democrats look to include deportation shields in economic plan, and explaining the Title 42 expulsion order

Deanna Garcia

Oct 27, 2021

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers making arrests

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Immigration arrests in the interior of the United States fell to their lowest level in more than 10 years in fiscal year 2021, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data obtained by The Washington Post. That’s about half of the annual totals recorded during the Trump administration. After President Biden took office and “set new limits on immigration enforcement, including a 100-day ‘pause’ on most deportations,” ICE arrests in the interior of the United States dipped. But then a federal judge blocked the order to pause most deportations, and ICE arrests somewhat increased “in recent months.” The Washington Post

In other federal immigration news…

Democrats Look for Deportation Shields in Economic Plan

Democrats are looking to pass a proposal that would provide immigrants temporary deportation protections, Bloomberg reported. The measure, which Democrats want to include as part of their economic plan, would give temporary immigration parole status to millions of undocumented immigrants. This would allow them to stay in the United States with legal status and apply for work permits, said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It will bring peace of mind to millions of people who have been here 10 or 20 years,” Durbin said of the plan. Democrats are preparing to put the plan in front of the Senate parliamentarian. Bloomberg

 Title 42, Explained

The U.S. government, over the past year and a half, has expelled more than 1.3 million migrants at the border without letting them ask for asylum or other humanitarian protections. The policy which has allowed these expulsions to happen, known as Title 42, has been contested legally and politically, but is still in place. The measure, which is a public health and welfare statute, is also one of the reasons why border crossings have increased. The Los Angeles Times details what Title 42 is, and why it’s important. The Los Angeles Times

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