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As border officials prepare for the arrival of an influx of migrants, the Biden administration announced it will offer COVID-19 vaccines to those taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border. Up to 2,700 vaccines per day will be provided at first, and the number will be increased to 6,000 daily by the end of May. The decision to provide vaccines to migrants comes as the CDC is expected to make a decision about extending or lifting its Title 42 expulsion order today. Migrants subject to the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy are already offered Covid-19 vaccines. CNN
In other federal immigration news…
New Rule Will Let Work Permit Applicants Pay to Speed Up Process
A new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rule will allow applicants for work permits to pay up to $2,500 to expedite the process in a bid to ease massive backlogs at the agency. The rule extends the existing “premium processing” service to applications for an Employment Authorization Document, which allows recipients to work in the U.S. while they seek asylum or other legal status. About 2 million people apply for new or renewed work permits each year, and the process typically takes five to seven months. But under the new rule, which takes effect in 60 days, individuals can pay to have their applications considered within 30 days. Reuters