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First Migrants Sent Back to Mexico Under Trump Policy

Plus: Biden administration seeks public feedback to prevent family separation, and utility information is cut off from ICE

Deanna Garcia

Dec 12, 2021

A close-up view of the fence along the U.S. border

A close-up view of the fence along the U.S. border (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

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Two migrants have been sent back to Mexico under “Remain in Mexico,” the Trump-era policy recently reactivated by the Biden administration. According to the International Organization for Migration, the two migrants re-entered Mexico through a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez. In a statement to The Hill, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said it would not share additional details for “operational security reasons.” This is the first use of the program after the Biden administration reinstated it earlier this week. The Hill 

In other federal immigration news…

Biden Administration Asks for Public Feedback to Prevent Family Separation

The Department of Homeland Security is asking the public for feedback as it seeks to prevent the future use of family separation as a tactic against undocumented migrants in the future. Through former President Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy,” over 3,000 children were separated from their families. “We have an obligation to reunite separated families and ensure this cruel practice never happens again,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. A federal task force, led by Mayorkas, is asking for the public’s input to ensure the federal government doesn’t repeat the same policies. CNN 

Utility Information Cut Off From ICE

After consistent pressure from the NoTechForICE campaign, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer have access to 171 million people’s utility information. This measure limits ICE’ ability to obtain personal information, but the advocacy groups Mijente and Just Future’s Law say this isn’t enough. “We need a guarantee that data brokers like LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters do not collect or use utility data in any of their products or services and erase all previously collected utility data,” the joint statement read. The two groups said the practice is very damaging towards an individual’s privacy and called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to properly investigate data brokers for using utility data. Deanna Garcia for Documented.



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