The Biden administration is expected to take steps in the coming days to toughen testing requirements for international travelers to the U.S., amid the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Attorney Lee Gelernt of the American Civil Liberties Union would not discuss details of the talks nor confirm a previously reported settlement proposal of several hundred thousand dollars to each affected person.
The U.S. border is open to non-essential travelers for the first time in nearly two years. This is expected to bring millions of Mexican consumers to southern Arizona, which would aid in Tucson’s economic recovery following the pandemic. This boost for businesses could lead to fewer items on the shelf for holiday shoppers.
More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday that the “Remain in Mexico” policy likely contributed to a drop in illegal border crossings in 2019 but with “substantial and unjustifiable human costs” to asylum-seekers exposed to violence while waiting in Mexico.
On the list of places that will now be off-limits to enforcement actions are schools; day care and medical facilities; places of worship; playgrounds and recreation centers and demonstrations and rallies.
Beginning on Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding an aircraft to the U.S., with tightened restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated.
The annual total breaks a previous high set in 2000 and is the highest since the Border Patrol was created in 1924. The numbers aren’t directly comparable because pandemic rules in effect since March 2020 encourage repeat attempts.
The new rules, announced Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel starting in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel into the country.
Agents say the 33-year-old U.S. citizen was driving a white Ford F150 when a canine flagged the vehicle. The dog, along with special technology helped agents find a hidden compartment in the bed of the pickup that contained multiple packages of blue pills.
The proposed rule attempts to satisfy concerns of a federal judge in Houston who ruled in July that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was illegal. It takes on heightened importance as prospects for legislation have dimmed.
Jacqueline Hernandez was 6 years old when she was kidnapped and taken away from her family, according to the Clermont Police Department. Hernandez, now 19, reached out to her mother, Angelica Vences-Salgado, on social media.
A federal task force is launching a new program Monday that officials say will expand efforts to find parents, many of whom are in remote Central American communities, and help them return to the United States, where they will get at least three years of legal residency and other assistance.
Five months after the Biden administration declared an emergency and raced to set up shelters to house a record number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, kids continue to languish at the sites, while more keep coming, child welfare advocates say.
President Joe Biden had suspended former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy on his first day in office and the Department of Homeland Security said it was permanently terminating the program in June, according to the court record. U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk last week ordered that the program be reinstated Saturday.
In a court ruling with potentially broad implications for U.S. immigration cases, a federal judge in Nevada found that a criminal law that dates to 1929 and makes it a felony for a person who has been deported to return to the United States is unconstitutional.