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Border Arrests Up 5% from October to November

Plus: Migrant families no longer held in jails, and advocates demand the Department of Homeland Security address racial abuse

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According to Customs and Border Patrol data obtained by the Washington Post, apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border rose by 5% from October to November. In November, CBP made 173,600 arrests, making it the largest influx for that month in years. Many arrivals came from Venezuela, Cuba, other parts of Central America and Mexico. Roughly half of those arrested – 114,100 single adults — were either sent back to their native country or to Mexico under the public health order Title 42. Meanwhile almost all unaccompanied minors and most family members arrested were allowed into the U.S. The Washington Post 

In other federal immigration news…

Migrant Families No Longer Held in Detention Centers

The Biden administration will end the practice of holding undocumented families in jails and plans to turn to use remote tracking technology, such as ankle bracelets, instead. According to internal government data obtained by Axios, the U.S. had zero migrant families in immigration jails as of Friday. The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, which recently released the last 100 family members in detention, will focus on holding single adults. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has since started to enroll families into tracking programs after crossing the southern border. Axios 

Advocates Demand DHS Address Racial Abuse

A group of immigrant and human rights organizations sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to demand the Biden administration address racially discriminatory abuses, unlawful conduct and lack of oversight among jails under the New Orleans ICE Field Office housing immigrant detainees. According to the letter, the office has used disturbing practices such as physical abusing Black immigrants to obtain nonconsensual fingerprints and signatures on deportation paperwork and other forms of anti-Black racism. In recent years, dozens of migrant detainees under the field office and in immigrant prisons across the Southeast have come forward to complain of mistreatment. Deanna Garcia for Documented.

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