Author: Rafael Bernal

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…

Latino leaders press Senate for DACA protections in lame-duck session

A group of 66 top Hispanic community leaders on Wednesday called on the Senate to include protections for Dreamers in must-pass legislation during the lame-duck session this month. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the group remarked on the urgency of protections for Dreamers —…

Bipartisan lawmakers call on Biden to extend Title 42

Two Republicans and two conservative Democrats called on President Biden to extend Title 42, a border management policy first enacted by former President Trump that’s been declared unlawful by a federal judge. In a letter to Biden, Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Texas Reps. Tony Gonzales (R) and Henry Cuéllar (D)…

Travel association adds Spanish, Portuguese to its campaign for quick visa processing

The U.S. Travel association added Spanish- and Portuguese-language access to its online campaign against long visa wait times. The move comes amid stubbornly high wait times for visas for people from essential business and tourism partners like Mexico and Brazil, hurting U.S. tourism and international business revenue. “With the launch of these new multilingual websites,…

Democrats tell Biden to ditch ‘punitive’ immigration measures

A group of House Democrats are calling on the Biden administration to stop implementing “punitive and failed deterrence” immigration measures and instead recognize asylum as a human right. In a Dec. 9 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas led by Democratic Reps. Jesús García (Ill.), Lou Correa (Calif.) and Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.) – collectively known…