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Scoop: Border Democrats want migrants vaccinated

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According to this article on Axios, by Hans Nichols, author of Sneak Peek

“Some Democrats representing border districts want President Biden to vaccinate migrants crossing into the U.S. — especially if he lifts public health restrictions that have prevented them from claiming asylum on American soil.

Why it matters: Inoculating migrants treads a fine line of protecting the U.S. population while possibly incentivizing more migration with the offer of free COVID-19 vaccines. Republicans are likely to pounce on that.

  • “It would be silly not to give the migrants access to the vaccines,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Tex.), who represents the Brownsville area. “It would protect the migrants, and our communities, against the virus.”
  • “I have been pushing to vaccinate kids, older kids, who have the ability to give consent, on the American side of the border,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.), who represents the El Paso area. “It’s in our interest.”
  • “The answer is not, as Biden and [Vice President Kamala] Harris want, to let everybody in and then let everybody go,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). “The answer is not open borders; the answer is to secure the border and enforce our laws.”
  • Decisions about how to distribute the vaccines have largely been left to the states, an administration official noted.”

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U.S. Supreme Court says Biden has authority to end anti-immigration policy

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According to this article on NM Political Report, by Susan Dunlap

“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Joe Biden has the authority to end the Trump-era immigration policy forbidding asylum seekers from entering the U.S.

On its final day of the 2020-2021 term, the Supreme Court agreed with Biden in Biden v. Texas that he has the authority to end former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, also known as the Migration Protection Protocols. The policy has prevented asylum seekers from entering the U.S.

Biden is still fighting, separately, the ability to end Title 42, which put controls on asylum seekers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump issued that policy in the spring of 2020, saying at the time that he was protecting human health. The Biden administration has tried to lift Title 42 this year but a Louisiana federal court blocked the move in May.”

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At Least 46 Migrants Found Dead in San Antonio

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According to this article on The New York Times, by James Dobbins, J. David Goodman and Edgar Sandoval

“SAN ANTONIO — The bodies of at least 46 people believed to be migrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico were found dead on Monday in and around a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio, state and city officials said.

At least 16 others, including children, were taken to local hospitals alive but suffering from heat exhaustion and apparent dehydration, city officials said during a news conference at the scene of what appeared to be one of the worst episodes of migrant death in the United States in recent years.”

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Good Immigration News On Green Cards And Afghan Parole

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According to this article on Forbes, by Stuart Anderson | Senior Contributor

“Action in Congress on green cards and an administrative change on humanitarian parole by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has injected a rare bit of good news on immigration policy. The coming weeks will reveal if the news remains positive.

Humanitarian Parole: When the Biden administration decided to follow through on Donald Trump’s agreement with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the central government in Kabul fell too quickly for many Afghans to escape to safety.

Biden officials used parole authority to bring tens of thousands of Afghans to America. However, that still left many other Afghans in danger.”

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