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Biden Administration to Provide Migrants with Legal Help

Plus: The administration defends two Trump-era policies, including one rapidly expelling migrants under a public health order

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The Biden administration is preparing to make legal services available to migrants entering the immigration system through seven border towns, a government solicitation for contractors reveals. Contractors will run the program, but the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review will oversee it. The administration intends to launch the program, called Legal Access at the Border, in 60 days. It will prepare migrants for the immigration legal process, but they will not be directly provided with attorneys. Migrants placed in the re-implemented “Remain in Mexico” program will be among those getting assistance. Axios

In other federal immigration news…

Biden DOJ Defending 2 Key Trump-era Immigration Policies in Court

President Biden’s administration is defending two key Trump-era immigration policies in court: Title 42 border restrictions barring most asylum seekers from entering the U.S. and compensations for families who were separated at the border. Experts say the Justice Department’s efforts to defend both policies are signs that there are internal agreements hindering the administration from correcting the previous administration’s missteps. In its latest development, the Justice Department told the federal appeals court that sudden termination of the Title 42 public health rule could increase coronavirus spread. Vox Media

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