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Biden Nominee for USCIS Director Seems to Defend Birth Tourism

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According to this article on Center for Immigration Studies, by Robert Law

“President Biden has nominated Ur Jaddou, who spent the past four years as a vocal advocate for unlimited immigration and a critic of the Trump administration, to become the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Last week, I analyzed a portion of Jaddou’s written responses to Questions for the Record (QFR) submitted by several Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans that reveal that Jaddou is a proponent of executive amnesties using a broad and categorical interpretation of parole and deferred action. In this follow-up piece, I will focus exclusively on Jaddou’s concerning defense of birth tourism.

Birth tourism is the controversial practice of an alien woman entering the United States, typically on a B nonimmigrant tourist visa, to give birth here so that the child will acquire U.S. citizenship. The current interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants U.S. citizenship to nearly every baby born in the country. Treating the child as a U.S. citizen opens up the ability to sponsor relatives for green cards down the road. Unsurprisingly, this treatment has given rise to a lucrative shadow industry that the Center estimates results in at least 20,000 to 26,000 birth tourists each year.”

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Lawyers say China using Interpol to seek dissident’s return

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According to this article on Associated Press, by NOMAAN MERCHANT

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys are asking the Biden administration to release from immigration custody a Chinese democracy advocate who could be deported to his homeland to face what they say are false charges — despite the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and China.

Human rights advocates say this is one of a handful of cases in which China has used the Interpol “red notice” system to try to force the return of fugitives from the United States. Under this system, a member country of the international police consortium can ask other countries to arrest and return fugitives living abroad. It’s not clear how often, if ever, this tactic has resulted in the U.S. turning over detainees to Chinese authorities.”

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Biden administration tries to tackle large backlog in asylum cases

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According to this article on Fox 43, by Claire Bermudez

“The Biden administration is reportedly moving forward with a plan to shift where asylum cases are handled, in an effort to tackle a sizeable backlog in applications.

The plan, as NPR reports, would try to speed up processing by allowing officials at the Department of Homeland Security to rule on claims without sending them to immigration court, where it would be ultimately up to immigration judges.”

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32 Children Who Were Deported To Guatemala Last Year In Violation Of A Court Order Have Yet To Be Brought Back

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According to this article on BuzzFeed News, by Hamed Aleaziz

“Thirty-two unaccompanied immigrant children who were deported to Guatemala despite a judge’s order have yet to be brought back to the US to apply for asylum, six months after the government admitted it was in the wrong. Now, immigration advocates are ramping up pressure on the Biden administration to speed up the process.

“It has been months since these children were expelled in violation of a court order and we need answers immediately,” said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the ACLU who led the lawsuit challenging the Trump-era policy. “The children need to be given a chance to speak to us as counsel and the option to return to the US if they choose.””

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