Biden government suspends expedited deportations while evaluating measure

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  • Expedited deportations have been suspended by the administration of President Joe Biden.
  • The Administration suspended expedited deportations while it evaluates the measure, an official said.
  • The expedited deportation policy was expanded under Donald Trump.

The government of President Joe Biden has suspended the application of the expedited deportation policy that allowed it to expel certain immigrants without giving them access to a court hearing, the online outlet Buzz Feed reported on Thursday, quoted by the news agency Eph.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting a review of the expedited deportation policy, which was expanded by the government of former President Donald Trump and used since October 2020, said the report of the aforementioned agency.

Expedited deportations suspended

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The measure had expanded the number of foreigners that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could deport without the migrants being heard by an immigration judge in the United States.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, quoted by Buzz Feed but whose name was not specified, said that the use of the policy of expedited deportations “will not be used in the future until the review by the Department is completed.”

Trump used expedited deportation policy more frequently

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The official noted that the expedited removal policy “was used in an extremely small number of cases under the Biden Administration.” A Buzz Feed investigation found that from January 20 to August 31, ICE agents deported only four immigrants under this policy.

Another 17 immigrants were deported in an accelerated manner since the implementation of the measure by the government of then President Donald Trump between October 2020 and January 2021, the Efe news agency report said.

The decision to suspend expedited deportations “is very important”

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Agents on horseback from US Customs and Border Protection try to prevent migrants from crossing the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, to Del Rio, Texas, on September 19, 2021. Criticism has been fueled by the Images that went viral this week, in which Border Patrol agents on horseback employ aggressive tactics against migrates, (AP Photo / Félix Marquez)

Aaron Reichlin Melnik, of the American Immigration Council (AIC) expressed in a message on Twitter that the decision of the administration of President Joe Biden to suspend the policy of expedited deportations “is very important.”

A year ago the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) had urged the Republican government to halt expedited deportations, arguing that the process “lacked transparency” and looked like a “desperate” measure.

Migrants are alerted to “not be fooled” by the reopening of the border

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In another Efe report, it was reported that several organizations on the southern border of the United States alerted migrants on Thursday not to be deceived by traffickers before the announcement of the reopening of the border ports with Mexico next month, which does not includes people seeking to apply for political asylum.

“For migrants seeking asylum, nothing has changed, Title 42 restrictions are still in effect, please do not be fooled,” Joanna Williams, director of the Kino Para La Frontera Initiative, told the Efe news agency on Thursday. .

They fear actions of the ‘coyotes’

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Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety guard a camp under the Del Rio International Bridge where migrants, many from Haiti, have been staying after crossing the Rio Grande on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Del Rio. Texas. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

The Biden government announced on Tuesday the reopening of the land border with Mexico and Canada starting in November for non-essential visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19. This measure applies only to those people who have a tourist or border visitor visa and who are authorized to legally cross the border.

Organizations such as the Kino Para La Frontera Initiative fear that this announcement will be exploited by human traffickers to lie to migrants and take advantage of those who try to request political asylum. “We know that this news can be discouraging, at the moment there is no change for people seeking asylum, however we continue to fight for this to change,” Williams told Efe.

Biden upholds Title 42 policy

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The Administration of President Joe Biden has maintained the emergency health policy, known as Title 42, issued last year by then-President Donald Trump, which allows the Border Patrol to virtually immediately expel migrants detained at the border for reasons sanitary.

Currently there is also strong pressure from border states such as Arizona and Texas for the Biden Administration to comply with a federal court order to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which forces migrants to wait in Mexico while process your asylum application.

Biden government wants to prevent public housing evictions

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The administration of President Joe Biden wants to prevent evictions from public housing whose tenants owe rent and also seeks to strengthen protections by ending the national moratorium on evictions, according to the AP news agency.

Under a new policy from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), tenants of agency-subsidized housing who do not pay their rent cannot be evicted without giving them 30 days notice and information about federal aid from emergency available. The rule will be published in the Federal Register.

A significant change

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Technically, the rule to prevent home evictions goes into effect 30 days after its publication, but a senior HUD official said authorities across the country are expected to begin enforcing it immediately. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so publicly, said the change in the rule was due to fear of an imminent wave of evictions as the legal proceedings progress.

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said the change was “a significant step in raising tenants’ awareness of the availability of funds that can help them pay off unpaid rents and give them time to access relief to prevent evictions from their homes ”.

Congressmen try to reactivate moratorium

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Several progressive congressmen presented a bill that it would reimpose a moratorium on home evictions on Nacional level at a time when COVID-19 deaths are reaching their highest levels since early March.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, said the bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement a ban on evictions in response to the COVID pandemic.

Senators also join

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts. (left). Photo: AP

It would also amend a section of the Public Health Service Act to grant permanent authority to Health and Human Services to implement a moratorium on home evictions to address public health crises.

The conservative majority of the Supreme Court in late August allowed home evictions to resume across the United States, preventing the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information read this note.

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