NEW - BIDEN is tackling the daunting task of unwinding one Trump BORDER policy while keeping another in place, an attempt of a more humane approach to migrants while avoiding overcrowded facilities in a pandemic. It has also led to mass confusion.…
Unwinding Trump's agenda is a daunting task and Biden is starting with one of the more consequential policies in "remain in Mexico." The reprocessing effort is already underway in California, prompting one man fleeing political persecution to "feel safe at last." h/t @mirjordan
But Mr. Biden has also kept a Trump-era rule in place empowering agents to "expel" new arrivals. We followed as some approached the border on Friday only to be turned away. “They’ve already been without school for three years,” a mother said of her children.
Adding to the confusion, a limited number of migrants who recently crossed the border have been released into Texas communities. Troy Miller, the CBP chief, says ON THE RECORD this is due in part to a change in Mexican law.
Trump officials have warned the release of families would be a certain disaster. Not so in Brownsville yet. Testing is provided to the families. The mayor there says the positivity rate among released migrants hovers around 10% compared to 25% for city population.
Still, the release of new arrivals has frustrated those in Matamoros who have been subjected to violence for more than a year and now are struggling through freezing temperatures to register on a malfunctioning website.
Stunning photos by the incomparable @IlanaPL
We chatted with each migrant about the audience of our stories when asking for their identification. Photos also taken with consent.
Do follow @ValOnTheBorder, who I had the pleasure of briefly meeting while reporting this story. Her consistent on the ground reporting in the RGV is a must read.

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DHS has not cancelled a contract w/ ICE union that sparked a whistleblower complaint accusing Cuccinelli, who signed it the day before the inauguration, of abuse of power. Agency says it is still reviewing the agreement that could hinder Biden's policies.…
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Starting Feb. 19, the Biden administration will begin processing at a limited number of border entries asylum seekers who have been forced to "Remain in Mexico" under a Trump-era rule.…
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