Biden administration can drop "remain in Mexico" policy, but what will it use instead?

Jul 5, 2022
It's not clear how current White House officials will handle incoming migrants and asylum seekers after the Supreme Court's ruling.
Migrants approach the U.S. border on Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas on March 2, 2021. President Biden announced that he was ending the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) enacted under President Trump that sent asylum seekers back to Mexico as they awaited their trial dates.
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As labor shortage persists, fewer immigrants means fewer workers

The U.S. had 2 million fewer working-age immigrants at the end of 2021 than it would have had if pre-pandemic trends continued.
The decline in immigration may be contributing to the scarcity of workers relative to employers' needs. Immigrants are also well-represented among the ranks of entrepreneurs.
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U.S. authorities extend work permits for hundreds of thousands of immigrants

May 5, 2022
The move is intended to ease a massive backlog at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, but not every applicant is eligible.
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Ukrainians will soon be eligible for temporary protected status. What does that mean?

Apr 6, 2022
It lets people get work permits and protects them from deportation. The status does not offer a path to citizenship.
While Ukrainians will soon be eligible for temporary protected status, it is not a path to citizenship and doesn't include eligibility for programs like federal housing assistance or food stamps.
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Boosting American innovation might involve immigration reform

Jul 12, 2021
Experts say U.S. progress in STEM fields is closely tied to immigration policy.
Congress is worried the U.S. is losing its technological edge. Experts say immigration reform is the answer.
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Canada's agricultural worker program is under scrutiny amid the pandemic

Jun 14, 2021
COVID-19 raised questions about the working and living conditions for some of the country's immigrant workers.
Farm workers fill up bins in the back of a truck with zucchini.
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Harris engages companies to help Central American economies

May 28, 2021
The collaboration is designed to address the roots of migration by improving conditions in Central American countries.
The Biden administration says Vice President Kamala Harris personally approached 12 companies and organizations, including Microsoft and Mastercard, asking them to help improve economic opportunity in the Central American countries.
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Federal money withheld from "sanctuary cities" back in play

Apr 29, 2021
For some jurisdictions, the grant money is the biggest source of federal law enforcement funding.
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How could a revamped "bracero"program work?

Mar 1, 2021
The original program that imported Mexican labor ended in the 1960s due to rights violations. Biden and Lopez Obrador may discuss a similar plan.
The original bracero program imported Mexican workers for the agriculture and railroad industries, but it was terminated in the 1960s amid reports of human rights abuses. Biden and Lopez Obrador may discuss a similar plan.
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Biden's immigration policy could affect the private prison industry

Jan 12, 2021
As President Trump visits the Texas-Mexico border, we look at the role of private prisons in immigration detention.
The campaign of President-elect Joe Biden promised to end for-profit detention centers.
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