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Senate Democrats are urging the Biden administration to let at least 2 million undocumented immigrants extend their stays in the U.S. and avoid deportation to their home countries burdened with natural disasters and crises. They are requesting the president grant Temporary Protected Status to Guatemalans, and to expand eligibility for Hondurans, Nicaraguans, and Salvadorans. More than 300,000 immigrants from those countries already have TPS. Opponents say the designation will only encourage more illegal entry. Reuters
In other federal immigration news…
Admission of Refugees into the U.S. Resumes
The admission of refugees from other countries into the United States will resume this week after it was temporarily suspended due to the resettlement and accommodation of thousands of Afghan evacuees. Agencies were already overwhelmed before the influx of so many arrivals, as the Trump administration had whittled away at the customs and immigration workforce. Some agencies have now recruited employees once again and opened new resettlement offices in anticipation of this new surge of arrivals. CNN
Harris Calls Guatemalan President After He Complains of Lack of White House Communication
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday following his criticism about a recent lack of communication from the White House concerning the southern border crisis. A statement from Harris’ office noted she reaffirmed the already-established goal to work with Guatemala to address the root causes of migration such as trafficking, economic development, and corruption. Last year, Harris visited Giammattei during a trip to Guatemala. Daily Mail