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”.
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.
The Biden administration’s discretionary funding request for 2022 declined all border wall funding and rescinded unused funds that had previously been marked for construction.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.
DHS Secretary Mayorkas told ICE employees that border wall construction may restart to plug gaps in the current barrier.
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.
The 60 day moratorium on border wall construction passed by the Biden administration expired on March 21, and some court cases are still proceeding.
Reps. John Katko and Henry Cuellar have introduced a bipartisan “border surge” bill that would establish a $1 billion fund for DHS to pull from when it is determined that the border is in crisis.
A US delegation of high-level officials met with the Mexican government to discuss migration and enforcement issues as well as addressing root causes in Central America.
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.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has directed shelters to expedite the release of some unaccompanied minors with parents or legal guardians in the U.S. to reduce strained capacity at shelters.
The Biden administration has announced that it will supply Mexico with excess doses of the Covid vaccine as Mexico is helping stem migration flows through their country.
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”.
DHS Secretary Mayorkas testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security, reaffirming DHS commitment to building up capacity, creating a more humane immigration and asylum system, and addressing root causes of migration.
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.
Rep. Joaquin Castro announced that he is planning to lead a delegation of House Democrats to the border during March/April.
The U.S. government is evaluating whether to house unaccompanied migrant children at Fort Lee, a military base south of Richmond.
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.
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.
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.
A group of 27 asylum seekers from the Matamoros refugee camp entered the United States on Thursday, the first from the camp to be admitted amid the beginning of the end of Remain in Mexico.