Author: Rafael Bernal

Senate Democrats pan Biden border plan

Four Senate Democrats on Thursday were sharply critical of the Biden administration’s plan to trade off a border crackdown for 30,000 immigration permits. Biden administration officials on Thursday said they would use Title 42 – a Trump-era policy that allows border officials to quickly expel migrants without screening them for asylum – in order to…

DHS proposes higher fees on immigrants applying for work-based visas

The Biden administration on Tuesday proposed a new fee structure for visas and naturalizations, raising costs on business-related applications while maintaining or reducing costs for humanitarian visas. The proposed rule, announced by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), would boost the agency’s fee revenue from an estimated $4.5 billion a year on average to…

Democratic Congress was disappointment for immigration activists

The first Congress of the Biden era is ending with a significant list of legislative accomplishments under its belt, but Democrats will once again relinquish a House majority without delivering on immigration reform. Though inaction on immigration reform has become a constant, the stakes are somewhat higher for the outgoing 117th Congress, as the fate…

Biden administration asks Chief Justice to allow Title 42 to end

The Biden administration on Tuesday asked Chief Justice John Roberts to rule against GOP-led states who initiated court action to keep the controversial Title 42 policy in place. The administration was responding to Roberts’ administrative stay from Monday, where he temporarily halted the end of the policy, set to end Wednesday. Title 42 has taken…

Spending package won’t include ‘Dreamer’ protections

The deal to fund the federal government through the 2023 fiscal year will not include protections for “Dreamers,” the name given to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as minors. Congress is set to vote this week on the $1.7 trillion spending package that will keep the government open through September of 2023, avoiding…

Migrants converging on El Paso fuel calls for border crackdown

Increased migrant border crossings near El Paso are drawing attention back to the border, as Congress grapples with must-pass end of year legislation that could include an immigration deal. The focus on border chaos has fueled calls for draconian measures, including extending the much-criticized Title 42 border control policy, which was ruled illegal by a…

Abbott asks state attorney general to investigate NGOs over immigration

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked his top law enforcement official to investigate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the state over their role in assisting immigrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. In a letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton, Abbott said the number of “illegal immigrants crossing the Texas-Mexico border has reached an…