Tag: U.S. Policy

April 15, 2021

April 20, 2021

A federal judge ruled that the Biden administration has the right to seize 6.5 acres of privately-owned land along the Rio Grande under eminent domain due to the government’s “urgency of possession”. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy

April 12, 2021

April 20, 2021

President Biden is planning to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead CBP, according to a White House announcement. Magnus was reportedly selected for his efforts on police reform and for his understanding of the separation between local law enforcement and federal law enforcement.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, CBP, U.S. Policy

April 9, 2021

April 12, 2021

The Biden administration’s discretionary funding request for 2022 declined all border wall funding and rescinded unused funds that had previously been marked for construction. The request also asks for $4.3 billion for ORR and $861 million for root causes in the Northern Triangle region.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Root causes, U.S. Policy

April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

DHS Secretary Mayorkas told ICE employees that border wall construction may restart to plug gaps in the current barrier. 

Tags: ICE, U.S. Policy

April 5, 2021

April 6, 2021

The Biden administration has placed close to 30,000 radio ads across Latin America urging migrants not to make the journey to the U.S.-Mexico border. The advertisements have reached at least 7 million listeners to date.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy

March 24, 2021

March 31, 2021

The Biden administration announced that VP Kamala Harris will take the lead on immigration issues at the southern border. Her main focus will be working to slow the flow of irregular migration and to improve relationships with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy

March 19, 2021

March 23, 2021

The U.S will be more aggressive in its messaging telling migrants not to come to the United States, according to a top US official. The message had been “don’t come now” but appears to be shifting to “don’t come”.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy

March 15, 2021

March 17, 2021

The Biden administration has directed FEMA to assist in processing unaccompanied minors at the border. The agency will help find shelter space, food, water, and medical care for migrants.

Tags: U.S. Policy, Unaccompanied Children

March 5, 2021

March 9, 2021

The Biden administration is proposing using FEMA in South Texas to help with an influx of migrants, primarily to strengthen Covid-19 testing and isolation procedures. 

Tags: Coronavirus, U.S. Policy

March 4, 2021

March 9, 2021

The Biden administration is preparing to convert family detention centers in South Texas to rapid-processing centers. The change is expected to cut detention times to a maximum of 72 hours.

Tags: Detention, U.S. Policy

March 2, 2021

March 9, 2021

Presidents Biden and López Obrador met virtually for the first time, and the two discussed Mexican cooperation in stemming migration flows, the importance of dialogue, and a possible guest worker program for Mexican and Central American laborers. They also released a statement proclaiming a new era in US-Mexico relations and respect for human rights.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy