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Deep Dive (June 22): 12 GOP Senators Call on DHS Chief to Release Biden’s Immigration Overhaul Blueprint

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According to this article on Deep Dive, by Tiffany Meier

“The Senate is voting on a sweeping election reform bill. Democrats say it would protect voting rights. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “It’s a vote on whether the Senate should simply debate the issue of voting rights, the crucial issue of voting rights in this country.” But Republicans say it would be federal overreach. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell counters by saying: “They’ve made it abundantly clear that the real driving force behind S. 1 is a desire to rig the rules of American elections permanently—permanently in Democrats’ favor.” It’s unlikely to get the 10 Republican votes it needs to move forward.

Debates around the border crisis continue. Over 50 House Republicans are calling on President Joe Biden to replace Vice President Kamala Harris as “border czar.” They noted Harris hasn’t yet visited the border amid a surge in illegal immigration. They also cited recent Customs and Border Protection data that shows that 180,000 people were apprehended last month after crossing the border illegally.”

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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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