- There are more than 50,000 new DACA petitions from undocumented immigrants.
- In Texas, the state of emergency is updated in order to attack the undocumented.
- A coronavirus outbreak occurred in a Georgia prison.
Los Angeles, Jun 29 (EFE News) .- More than 50,000 undocumented young people requested for the first time the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). In the three months after a federal court allowed new registrations, they are still waiting for their applications to be approved. According to data released by the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 (January through March 2021), the agency received 49,921 new DACA applications.
Meanwhile, in December 2020, the month in which a federal judge forced the Executive to receive new applications, USCIS received 3,268 petitions from undocumented youth who for the first time sought protection of the benefit established in 2012 by the Government of Barack Obama (2009-2017). In December 400 of these new applications were approved and 333 were denied, which is equivalent to about 22% of the revised applications.
Undocumented with uncertainty
The average in the following three months fell drastically, since of the 49,921 new applications received between January and March 2021, only 763 were approved and 180 were denied for a total of 943 procedures reviewed, only 1.6% of the cases that were processed. This without taking into account the cases lagged from the previous period. As of April 1, there were 55,550 new DACA applications that still needed to be processed. DACA renewals are also facing severe processing delays during the same period, with approximately 44,000 renewal requests pending in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
The Administration of President Joe Biden has promised to protect the DACA benefit. However, fear among the new applicants persists as a federal judge is still expected to rule on a lawsuit against the program spearheaded by Texas and eight other Republican states. The ruling has been expected since December 22, 2020, when South Texas District Court Judge Andrew Hanen heard the arguments of a lawsuit arguing that the program is unconstitutional and that Obama exceeded his executive powers. Faced with the possibility that Hanen will rescind the program, new applicants face an uncertainty similar to that caused by the government of Donald Trump (2017-2021), when it tried to end the program and did not allow new applications, leaving thousands out of profit. EFE News
Texas updates emergency declaration to target undocumented immigrants
Los Angeles, Jun 28 (EFE News) .- The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, updated on Monday the emergency declaration issued at the end of May due to the increase in the migratory flow through the US border. condition, which allows him, among other things, to detain the undocumented. The emergency declaration update now includes 28 counties located along the border that Texas shares with Mexico.
The first emergency declaration had been issued for 34 border counties but now that number has been reduced. detailed Abbott in a statement. The Republican governor explained that “this amended statement will ensure that resources and support increase where they are most needed.” He added that he is “grateful to our local partners in South Texas and border communities who are willing to work alongside the state to keep Texans safe and secure at the border.”
He also noted that officials from the counties affected by the arrival of migrants have confirmed that the conditions continue to exist, and that they now also pose an “imminent threat” in other counties in Texas. The emergency declaration among other things will allow state and local agencies to detain the undocumented for breaking and entering, and violators will be subject to arrest and confinement.
In addition, Abbott established the first Texas State Border Security Force, which will include several state agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, and the statewide jail system. He also authorized a section of the state budget, recently approved by the legislature, that provides $ 1 billion for border security. A quarter of these funds will be used to continue the construction of the border wall, the flagship plan of the Donald Trump Administration (2017-2021). The former Republican president will travel this Wednesday to meet with Abbott and visit the border. Filed Under: Texas Undocumented.
They demand to apply Title 42
Washington, Jun 24 (EFE News) .- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding that the Government of President Joe Biden continue to apply a health rule that allows the immediate expulsion of undocumented immigrants. At the same time, legislators Democrats and Republicans in a letter to the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, emphasized the need for “an orderly transition plan” when the Government considers the disuse of that health standard.
The government of the former president Donald trump (2017-2021) began to apply that rule in March 2020 for the immediate expulsion of tens of thousands of migrants arriving mainly from Central America to the southern border of the United States. According to press reports, then-Vice President Mike Pence ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use its emergency powers to seal the borders of the United States. Filed Under: Texas Undocumented.
DACA applications in Texas
Under the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump government further toughened its immigration policy by expelling the majority of migrants who came to the United States seeking asylum or who were detained entering the country illegally. Trump and a dozen Republican lawmakers have announced their plans to visit the border in Texas, and a visit to the region by Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled for this Friday. In his motion filed with the North Texas Federal District Court, Paxton asked that the federal government be ordered to enforce Title 42, alleging that Washington has not “detained and quarantined all arriving foreigners who could carry a disease of relevance to public health ”.
In a written statement, Paxton said that “the Biden administration has abandoned its duty to protect public health from diseases brought by foreigners.” Arizona Democratic Senators Kirsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, along with Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas; and Texas Representatives, Republican Tony González and Democrat Henry Cuéllar, asked Mayorkas to report on the use of Title 42. An orderly transition plan “should be up and running before the use of Title 42 is suspended. by the authorities at the border, ”said the letter from the legislators. “The plan should be developed with the safety of border communities in mind and in consultation with local governments and community organizations,” the message added. “A rapid and significant increase in the migrant population will have a direct impact on border communities.” Filed Under: Texas Undocumented.
New outbreak of Covid-19 in prison for the undocumented in Georgia
Atlanta (GA), Jun 23 (EFE News) .- An immigrant detention center in Georgia where four illegal immigrants have already died from covid-19 suffers a new outbreak when accounting for fifty cases, confirmed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE, for its acronym in English). According to figures from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Stewart County, where the prison is located, has registered 63 cases in the last two weeks and has the second highest rate of infections in the state, only surpassed by the locality. neighbor of Chattahoochee.
Of the confirmed cases, 47 have occurred at the Stewart Detention Center, according to data provided by ICE, which has put the detainees infected in “isolation or under monitoring”. Since the pandemic began, Stewart, one of the largest immigrant prisons in the country, has tallied 727 Covid-19 cases and four deaths, making it the deadliest coronavirus immigration prison in the country.
Adequate protection against coronavirus is not being offered
Immigrant advocates have denounced that the detention center, operated by the CoreCivic corporation, is not doing enough to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and are demanding the release of all inmates. “We are extremely disappointed by the situation. Despite Stewart’s record, ICE continues to detain hundreds of men and women there. We demand that the prison be closed and that all the prisoners be released, “lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani, legal director of Project South, told Efe.
CoreCivic spokesman Ryan Gustin said in a statement that Stewart follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to “work closely with our government partners to improve procedures as needed.” . “The health and safety of the people entrusted to our care and our staff is the highest priority for CoreCivic,” he added. ICE has 26,197 immigrants in its custody, 681 are currently dealing with the contagion. Since the pandemic began last year, they have reported 17,926 positive cases in total. EFE News.
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