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January 6, 2022

US Immigration News Weekly Recap

Today’s blog update brings you a quick look at the must-know immigration updates of the US.

Return To The US With Expired Passports:

Citizens of America outside the country with expired passports dated on or after January 1, 2020, could use their expired passports to come back to the United States until March 31, 2022.

United States citizens are eligible to re-enter the United States under the rule if they fly to the United States directly, or have a connecting flight via a foreign country on the way back, or to a US territory. The expired passport must have been a ten-year passport unless the visitor was 15 years old or younger during the issuance of the passport and must be unaltered, undamaged, and in possession of the traveler.

Homeland Security Investigators’ Desire to Separate from ICE:

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) plan to disconnect from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the negative reputation of the organization. As claimed by dozens of agents, their collaboration with ICE hinders their investigative capabilities and jeopardizes personal safety.

Contrasting to the Enforcement and Removal Operations arm of ICE which confines and deports immigrants, HSI investigates transnational crimes such as human trafficking, forced labor, child exploitation, and money laundering by transnational organizations. DHS states there is no intent at the moment to split from ICE.

Immigration court has hit a backlog of 1.5 million cases:

The backlog of undecided visa cases in the U.S. immigration court system has exceeded 1.5 million. The rising backlog, which has amplified ten times over the last 20 years, is anticipated to carry on to grow without changes to both the structure of the court, but also the enforcement primacies being utilized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The immigration courts are part of the Department of Justice, while Immigration and Customs Enforcement – part of the Department of Homeland Security – commences most of the cases heard in the immigration courts.

Biden Administration Efforts to End Remain in Mexico:

The Biden administration has requested the Supreme Court to hear contentions over ending the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” rule after a federal judge ordered the program restarted following its rollback last year. Biden has endeavored to terminate the controversial program since the start of his presidency but carries on to hit legal roadblocks as a group of states prosecutes to keep the highly controversial program in place.

119 Cuban Migrants Turned back:

The U.S. Coast Guard sent Back 119 Cuban Migrants Trying to get into the U.S. by Sea

The U.S. Coast Guard earlier last week stopped 119 Cuban migrants who were trying to reach the United States by sea and returned them to Cuba’s north shore. Cuban state media stated Tuesday’s repatriation was the largest in four years.

Coast Guard figures demonstrate that more migrants are trying the ocean crossing in recent months as Cuba’s economy is severely damaged by rising U.S. sanctions coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, which interrupted the international tourism and exchange vital to the island.

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