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2020 Census Undercounted BIPOC, Overcounted White and Asian Americans

Plus: How DACA changed in 2021, Vietnamese man sues ICE following repeated deportation attempts, Chicago advocates claim immigrant is being illegally detained pending a trial for a fatal crash

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The 2020 census undercounted the U.S. population by nearly 19 million, the Census Bureau announced yesterday. The U.S. Census Bureau “undercounted many of the same population groups we have historically undercounted, and it overcounted others,” Director Robert L. Santos said in a statement. That included an undercount of Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic populations, and an overcount of White and Asian American populations. Experts had warned that the final count could be flawed. The 2020 census had faced many obstacles, including the pandemic and politics. Top Census Bureau officials complained of political interference during the 2020 Census under President Trump’s leadership, including pressure to rapidly find and count undocumented immigrants.

In other national immigration news…

How DACA changed in 2021

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was enacted under former President Barack Obama through an executive order in 2012, will reach its 10th anniversary in June. It is also the last day new applicants will receive DACA status, as a federal judge ruled that the program was “created in violation of the law” and “illegally implemented,” consequently barring the government from accepting new applications. While the case goes through an appeals process, we updated our DACA guide to explore how the program changed in 2021. Take a look on Documented.

Vietnamese Man Sues ICE Following Repeated Deportation Attempts

After serving 26 years in a California state prison for robberies he committed when he was 20, An Nguyen has been in and out of immigration cells and living in constant fear of being deported to Vietnam. This week, Nguyen sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the last time he was detained in 2020. His attorneys say that detention violated a court order. It was the agency’s third attempt to deport Nguyen in less than a year. Nguyen, now 48 and working as a forklift operator, said he had been lured to ICE’s Los Angeles office under the pretext that his ankle monitor would be removed. LAist

Chicago Advocates Claim Immigrant is Being Illegally Detained, Pending a Trial For a Fatal Crash

A 2017 accident, as well as being found guilty of a federal drug charge two years later, has led to a chain of long and complicated events for Norberto Navarro. His friends, family and members of Centro De Trabajadores Unidos group maintain that he has been in a jail in Will County, Illinois, for two months even though he already served his time. More than 30 people held a protest Tuesday morning outside the Will County Courthouse in Joliet City. Later that day, Navarro’s attorney pushed the judge to make an emergency motion for Navarro’s release and to let Navarro seek a visa so ICE authorities cannot deport him. The court allowed the visa but set a $1 million bond, which Navarro cannot afford to pay. Chicago Tribune

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