NEW: The Biden administration is officially scrapping the Trump-era citizenship test and going back to the 2008 version, confirming @BuzzFeedNews reporting 2 weeks ago —>…
Link to policy update:…
Press release.
.@the_ILRC: "We applaud USCIS and the Biden administration for taking this critical step, and we look forward to working with USCIS officials to repeal other needless and arbitrary policies..."

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24 Feb
NEW: A federal court judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction to block the Biden administration's 100-day deportation pause.

The judge's previous pause was expiring today and his order now means the moratorium is on hold as the case moves forward. Image
The judge does not buy the Biden administration's arguments for the 100-day pause. Image
.@ACLU's @CodyWofsy:

“This ruling is legally wrong and will seriously harm families and communities around the country."
Read 6 tweets
22 Feb
In November we reported on a group of unaccompanied immigrant children who were deported by ICE to Guatemala in violation of a court order.

A recent court filing shows that the US & Guatemala have begun a "formal diplomatic process" to begin the process of bringing them back.

The children were sent back to the Guatemala minutes after a federal court had ruled such deportations were no longer allowed, first revealed by @BuzzFeedNews:…
We later documented how one ICE official had tried to warn others that not bringing the children back would be in violation of the court order. It did not work.…
Read 6 tweets
18 Feb
A LOT of focus on the immigration bill introduced in Congress today but the implementation of a new set of priorities for ICE officers on Thursday will likely lead to a downturn in arrests/deportations & change a lot of how ICE does its work in the US -->…
Some ICE employees expressed hesitancy at the changes required by the directive.

“The process for seeking preapproval for public safety offenses that aren’t aggravated felonies seems cumbersome," said one employee, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
It slipped by me on initial read but consider page 5 of the guidelines that states that deportations should only be carried out against people who have pending appeals in court if there is a "compelling reason" --- this will likely lead to a downturn in deportations.
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18 Feb
NEW: The Biden administration began its overhaul of ICE on Thursday by announcing that it will direct officers to focus primarily on certain groups of immigrants, such as those suspected of being a national security threat and recent border crossers.…
A Department of Homeland Security official told reporters on Thursday the interim guidelines, which are expected to be followed by another directive in May, will help the agency “better perform” its mission.
In an email sent to ICE employees Thursday, acting ICE Director Tae Johnson said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will issue additional guidance within the next 90 days, but only after he has talked with employees.
Read 5 tweets
17 Feb
On Friday, DHS is beginning its registration process of individuals who have been forced to stay in Mexico as part of a Trump era policy the Biden administration is undoing, agency officials say.
The plan at this point is to process a limited number of people at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday, and then Brownsville on Monday --- El Paso on Friday the 26th.
Like we said in our story last week: the group allowed to return in this phased process are those with active asylum cases under the Remain in Mexico (MPP) program. Those who come to the border/ports of entry and are not part of this group will be turned back, officials say.
Read 5 tweets
16 Feb
NEW: DHS officials have been directed to strike words such as “alien” and “illegal alien” from communications with the public when referring to people who aren’t US citizens in an effort by the Biden administration to recast immigration terminology.…
The planned wording change, recounted in a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News, is the latest flashpoint in a years-long debate over the way immigrants are described in federal laws and by the agencies that oversee immigration.
Tracy Renaud, the acting USCIS leader, instructs the agency’s leadership to make the following changes: no longer referring to people as “illegal alien,” “alien,” or “undocumented alien,” in internal and external communications but to instead use the term “noncitizen."
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