The Biden administration announced on Friday that they are creating a new process which will allow immigrants who served in the U.S. military and were later deported to legally return to the U.S. DHS will be partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring back deported military service members and veterans, as well as their immediate family members, and connect them with any benefits they are entitled to. This is part of a broader federal initiative to assist immigrant service members and their families.
The first few weeks of the Biden administration have seen an uptick in ICE’s deportations of Haitian migrants, with dozens of asylum seekers being dropped off in Mexico without processing or credible fear interviews. Others, including children and infants, are being sent back to Haiti, which is experiencing mounting political violence due to U.S-backed president Jovenel Moïse attempting to extend his term.
President Biden signed several immigration-related executive orders and proclamations that paused work on the border wall, ended the declaration of a state of emergency on the border, and ordered efforts to preserve DACA. Homeland Security announced a 100-day moratorium on deportations for “certain noncitizens”. (This moratorium was later stayed by a federal judge in Texas.)
- Buzzfeed reports that after ICE’s abrupt deportation of Hector García Mendoza to Nuevo Laredo, he has gone missing. Nuevo Laredo has a reputation as a dangerous place for migrants, with many reports of kidnappings, extortion, and assault by cartels. ICE deported García Mendoza the same day a federal judge put a hold on his deportation.