Immigration News: July 29, 2022

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When Russia invaded Ukraine, refugees began leaving by the millions. In March, President Biden pledged that the United States would welcome 100,000 Ukrainians. That number has now been reached. Officials say it is not a cap, and more Ukrainians will continue to come. The welcome to Ukrainians contrasts with bars to other asylum seekers at the border.  

[CBS] “The tens of thousands of Ukrainians who have set foot on U.S. soil since the February 24 invasion have arrived through various immigration channels and with different legal status, most of them with temporary permission to stay in the country, according to the government data.

“Approximately 47,000 Ukrainians have come to the U.S. on temporary or immigrant visas; nearly 30,000 Ukrainians arrived under a private sponsorship program; more than 22,000 Ukrainians were admitted along the U.S.-Mexico border; and 500 Ukrainians entered the country through the traditional refugee system, the data show. …

“As part of his aggressive stance against Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Mr. Biden in late March promised to welcome 100,000 Ukrainians displaced by the war — a small fraction of the millions of Ukrainians who have fled to other parts of Europe.” 

The Supreme Court said the Biden administration has the authority to end Remain-in-Mexico. But will they do so?

[Wall Street Journal] “In a matter of days or weeks, the administration will have the authority to wind down the program, which requires migrants seeking asylum to live in Mexico for the duration of their court proceedings, after a federal court in Texas formally lifts its injunction blocking them from doing so. …

“For now, DHS has continued to place new migrants into the program, despite a desire by some officials to halt new enrollments, the people said. DHS also hasn’t started seriously planning to restart a process under which migrants placed into the program could re-enter the U.S. at legal ports of entry and continue their court cases from locations inside the U.S.

“The indecision over the fate of the Trump-era program represents the latest example of a long-running rift within the administration on immigration policy between officials who want to overhaul the system and others who believe strong deterrence is needed to bring illegal border crossings under control before any other changes are attempted..”

And in other news

Faith-based and other community organizations in Worthington geared up years ago to help the immigrant community recover from ICE raids. Those connections helped respond to the COVID crisis as well.

[Minnesota Reformer] “According to the report, the response in Worthington’s community shows how local service organizations can be used in the future to bridge gaps in communication, especially between the government and immigrant communities or other vulnerable populations. 

“’Worthington’s social networks bridged a wide cultural and power gap between the area’s diverse immigrant communities and the large public and private institutions that mounted testing, vaccination drives, and other pandemic responses,’ the report said.” 

Immigrants from Romania, Iran, Ukraine, and other countries mingle in a Wisconsin cherry orchard that offers a taste of home. 

[MPR] “On a single day each summer, dozens take a trip to the orchard to fill multiple, construction-sized buckets with the glossy, red fruit. Kids abandon half-filled pails to run in the tall grass. And languages from all over the world echo through tidy rows of trees, occasionally breaking into English to share recipes.”

Teo Nguyen came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16. 

[Sahan Journal] “The depictions of Vietnam that Nguyen observed in American media and culture felt reductive, he said. Vietnamese women were often portrayed as sacrificial lambs or prostitutes; Vietnamese men appeared discardable and obtuse.

“Nguyen confronts those mischaracterizations through Việt Nam Peace Project, an art exhibition devoted to reclaiming the narrative of post-war Vietnam. The project will be on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art starting July 30.”

Under a new settlement agreement, the government has one week to schedule fingerprinting appointments for parents and sponsors of unaccompanied children, and 10 days to process them. This should reduce the length of time that children spend in government custody before being released to their family members.

[BuzzFeed] “Under the settlement, which expires in two years, the government has seven days to schedule fingerprinting appointments and 10 days to finish processing them. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which houses immigrant children who cross the border alone, will also be required to regularly release reports that would, for the first time, track how long fingerprinting takes.”

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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