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21 Feb, 6 tweets, 2 min read
Under the Biden administration, Customs and Border Protection is allowing entry to the United States for immigrants with extreme circumstances as they await their asylum hearings. #NBCNewsThreads (1/6) nbcnews.to/3aGaikE
A Nicaraguan woman with stage 3 breast cancer; a deaf Central American man who couldn’t navigate the immigration system; a Cuban man who hadn’t seen his newborn son. All were denied entry to the U.S. by fmr. President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. (2/6).
The Nicaraguan woman was diagnosed with cancer when she arrived at the border with her then-four-year-old daughter in October 2019. The diagnosis did not help her gain access or any special protection, even though U.S. immigration attorneys were advocating on her behalf. (3/6)
Then earlier this month, the Nicaraguan woman was allowed to live with her mother in the U.S. while she waited for her day in court. (4/6)
One official, who could not give exact numbers, says “a steady stream” of parole applicants have recently been allowed to enter. (5/6)
The Biden administration has said it will start processing people who have been waiting under “Remain in Mexico” on Friday, beginning with those who have been waiting the longest and those who are deemed most vulnerable. (6/6) nbcnews.to/3aGaikE

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