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Appeals Court Lets Deportation Moratorium Ban Proceed

Plus: Crunch time for Congress' immigration measures, and U.N. High Commissioner criticizes Biden administration

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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday lifted the stay it granted against the injunction U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued against President Biden’s administration earlier this year. Federal Judge Tipton had banned the Biden administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. Following this setback, the Biden administration appealed to the Fifth Circuit, which then decided not to let Tipton’s decision go into effect until its Tuesday reversal. Advocates are criticizing the action for “derailing immigration protections.” The removal of stay will be reconsidered before all of the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court’s judges. 

In other federal immigration news…

Federal Lawmakers Reviewing Bills Before Year End

After the holiday weekend, federal lawmakers resumed work on bills that need to be reviewed before the end of the year. This includes the Build Back Better spending bill, which could have a major impact on immigrants in the U.S. The Senate parliamentarian is reviewing whether key immigration provisions  — to issue work permits to people who came into the U.S in January 2011 and prevent their deportation — can be included in a budget reconciliation package. NPR 

U.N. High Commissioner Criticizes Biden Administration

United Nations High Commissioner Filippo Grandi criticized President Biden’s administration for deporting migrants and asylum seekers very quickly, urging the government to ensure due process before deportation. Grandi also advised the administration to stay true to its word to offer alternatives to illegal migration through better security and job opportunities. Reuters

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