Today we are covering some of the recent immigration news headlines from the past few days!
Immigration News Headlines – Current Events in Immigration News
Facebook has agreed to settle with the U.S. Government after the government pursued them for illegally reserving lucrative jobs for immigrant workers it was sponsoring for permanent residence instead of searching for and considering available U.S. workers. Facebook has agreed to pay $4.75 million to the government and $9.5 million to eligible individuals who have been allegedly discriminated against by the move.
According to the Justice Department, this is the largest financial award and fine that the Civil Rights Division has ever made.
“Senate Republicans slam Biden for border crisis, allege Dems won’t hold a hearing on migrant surge“
In other news, Senate Republicans are coming up against Biden regarding the current border crisis. Republicans are also claiming that the Democrats are flatly refusing to hold a hearing on the current surge of migrants and that they are refusing to take the entire immigration crisis seriously.
Most parties involved in the situation are flatly refusing to speak to the press, but after unsecuring the border, Biden is losing support from his voters at an incredible pace.
Demands are being made for Biden to step down while Republicans are sharing their stories of illegal immigrant crime.
In other news, Biden supporters and immigration advocates are staging a walkout on the Biden administration out of their frustration with Biden’s continuance of many of the Trump-era immigration policies.
Activists are pulling no punches as they accuse the government of “playing politics with human lives”
The walkout, which was prompted specifically by the government’s plan to reinstate Trump’s “Stay in Mexico” immigration plan. This is only after Biden attempted to eliminate the policy altogether only to have the courts strike it down. Biden’s administration has reiterated their desire to eliminate the program completely, but without the support it needs, it is left with little choice than to go along with the reinstatement of the policy.
After six years of legal back and forth, Human Rights Watch has uncovered 160 cases in which leading governmental agencies have committed abuse and acts of misconduct against asylum seekers. During the six year battle, Human Rights Watch sought documentation and the proof they needed to bring their case under the freedom of information act.
The acts committed by government agencies include child sexual abuse, controlled hunger, threats of rape, and physical abuses. Of the 160 cases uncovered, the majority of offenses have been allegedly committed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Border Patrol between 2016 and 2021. The papers even allegedly include evidence of criminal activity by federal agents.
In Texas, Senator Ted Cruz has introduced legislation that would begin to establish ports of entry in Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and at other East Coast Democratic strongholds to enable the processing of undocumented immigrants who are attempting to cross the southern border.
The Republican Senator hopes that introducing this legislation will help to alleviate some of the strain faced by his state (Texas) and other states that are currently on the “front line” of the border.
Currently Texas is barely managing to keep its head above water with the sheer number of illegal immigrants trying to make their way into the country. Meanwhile, with many of the proposed locations being democrat-controlled, the Democrats obviously have something to say about the plan. In fact, many Democrats are calling it little more than a political move for attention, however, they cite the fact that Cruz left his own state during a time of natural disaster.
Finally in today’s news, Obama weighs in with his comments on the current situation at the border.
Referencing the open borders, Obama has emphasized the urgent need for immigration reform, calling the current migrant crisis heartbreaking. During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Obama noted that the immigration system reform was way overdue, but emphasized just how difficult that reform was going to be. He cited the desire of the average American to be compassionate, yet also focused on just how impractical and unsustainable of a plan it was to maintain open borders.
Obama reiterated that dealing with immigration concerns has always been difficult, but today it is even more so following Trump’s presidency and the backlog of the current immigration system that was only worsened by COVID-19.