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Florida shelters housing migrant kids concerned about Biden and DeSantis’ policies

Plus: White House immigration team member retires, and Harris spokesperson apologizes for 2010 tweet about undocumented immigrants

Fisayo Okare

Jan 11, 2022

Former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Workers at federal government-funded shelters that house migrant children in Florida are growing concerned that a disagreement between President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis may force them to move thousands of children to other states. DeSantis instructed child care regulators in Florida last month to stop issuing or renewing licenses to facilities that house immigrant children awaiting sponsorship or family reunion. Until the end of the contract period, existing licenses will not be cancelled. The policy change, however, could affect the relocation of migrant children in Florida, where more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors were released to sponsors over the past year. Union-Bulletin

In other federal immigration news…

White House immigration team member to retire

Esther Olavarria is retiring from her position as deputy director for immigration under the Biden administration’s Domestic Policy Council. Olavarria contributed to reversing some of the “reckless policies of the previous administration” and to implement the Biden administration’s agenda, said Susan Rice, head of the council, in a statement to Politico. Olavarria was a member of the current administration’s agency review team and worked in the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration. Tyler Moran, a senior adviser on migration will also be leaving this month after six months with the Biden administration. The Hill

Harris spokesperson apologizes for 2010 tweet regarding undocumented immigrants

Vice President Kamala Harris’ newly appointed communications director has apologized for a tweet he posted in 2010, in which he urged Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest undocumented immigrants. The tweet resurfaced a day after Jamal Simmons’ new appointment was announced. In a tweet this past weekend, Simmons defended his views on immigration and his support for the current administration’s goal to reform the approach to deportation and other immigration policies.

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.




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