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Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says

Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says

(CNN)The has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to tighten their borders and stem the flow of migration, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC Monday."We've secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children," Moran said.The Biden administration has struggled to...

Mar 24
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Biden administration announces end to Trump-era rule that rejected certain immigration applications with blank spaces

Biden administration announces end to Trump-era rule that rejected certain immigration applications with blank spaces

(CNN)The Biden administration announced Thursday it will not automatically reject certain applications for asylum or immigration benefits when a blank space is left on the forms, a reversal from a Trump-era policy that critics said was a blatant attempt to further crack down on legal immigration.During the Trump administration, rejected applications for certain immigration benefits, including asylum and relief for victims of certain crimes, based on parts of the form being left blank, meaning the application would be sent back to the applicant. The Trump-era rule increased the likelihood of...

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Children sleeping on mats, overcrowded conditions: Inside a facility on the US-Mexico border

Children sleeping on mats, overcrowded conditions: Inside a facility on the US-Mexico border

(CNN)Children lying side by side in plastic-lined pods. Shelves stocked with supplies, including baby bottles and diapers. Girls huddled together in a playpen - where they'll also sleep at night - singing and coloring with crayons. The challenge facing the Biden administration at the can be boiled down to a string of photos. On Tuesday, the administration allowed a few members of the media to tour a temporary Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas. The facility is well over capacity, with more than 4,100 migrants at the facility despite a pandemic capacity of 250, acting...

Mar 30
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Biden administration prepares to activate 2 military sites in Texas for migrant children

Biden administration prepares to activate 2 military sites in Texas for migrant children

(CNN)The Biden administration is setting up that combined will provide more than 5,000 beds to the US-Mexico border alone. It's the latest move by the administration to try to alleviate overcrowding in Border Patrol facilities and transfer unaccompanied minors who have been held in those facilities, akin to jail-like conditions, for prolonged periods.The Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Defense Department to use property on Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas, and Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, with the potential capacity to accommodate up to 5,000 beds...

Mar 25
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See inside the two types of border facilities for unaccompanied migrant minors

See inside the two types of border facilities for unaccompanied migrant minors

(CNN)A delegation of White House officials and lawmakers visited Carrizo Springs, Texas, on Wednesday to see an influx facility designed to accommodate unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border -- and for the first time, This facility and other shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services are equipped to provide medical services, sleeping quarters and other support while case managers work with children to unite them with a sponsor, like a parent or relative, in the United States. But amid Covid-19 constraints, there hasn't been enough shelter space to house the...

Mar 25
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US prepares to expand phased entry of migrants forced to stay in Mexico under Trump-era policy

US prepares to expand phased entry of migrants forced to stay in Mexico under Trump-era policy

(CNN)The Biden administration is preparing to expand who were forced to stay in Mexico under to two additional ports of entry, the Department of Homeland Security told CNN on Friday."Beginning next week, after registering virtually and being tested for COVID-19 at staging sites in Mexico, approved individuals with active (Migrant Protection Protocol) cases will be processed at the Hidalgo, TX port of entry," the department said in a statement, adding that processing will also start in Laredo, Texas, thereafter.The effort is specific to migrants who fall under the so-called remain in Mexico...

Mar 4
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More than 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody

More than 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody

(CNN)More than 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children are in Border Patrol custody, CNN has learned, in the number of children held up in border facilities until officials can accommodate them in shelters that are suited for them. The accelerated pace at which children are arriving is adding greater stress to the system, leaving them in jail-like facilities for extended periods of time. As of Sunday, there were around 4,200 unaccompanied children in Border Patrol custody.After children are taken into Border Patrol custody, they're turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services,...

Mar 13
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Exclusive: Unaccompanied migrant children staying in Border Patrol facilities an average of 107 hours, internal records show

Exclusive: Unaccompanied migrant children staying in Border Patrol facilities an average of 107 hours, internal records show

(CNN)Thousands of who crossed the US-Mexico border alone are being held in US Border Patrol custody for more than four days on average in facilities unfit for minors, a dramatic increase from a week ago, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.The data, dated Tuesday, is the latest indication of the challenge facing the Biden administration to address the bottleneck in the immigration system, with the number of unaccompanied children outpacing the availability of proper shelter space to care for kids.On average, over the last 21 days, Customs and Border Protection encountered 435...

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Record number of kids are in Border Patrol custody and shelter beds are scarce, documents show

Record number of kids are in Border Patrol custody and shelter beds are scarce, documents show

(CNN)The number of unaccompanied migrant children in US Border Patrol facilities, which are akin to jail cells and not intended for kids, has reached dramatic highs, according to internal agency documents reviewed by CNN, underscoring the facing the Biden administration. More than 3,200 unaccompanied migrant children were in Customs and Border Protection custody, according to the documents dated Monday. Of those, around 2,600 were awaiting placement in shelters suitable for minors, but there were just over 500 beds available to accommodate them. The latest data comes on the heels of a trip...

Mar 6
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Federal judge rules private land on border can be seized for the wall, despite Biden's construction halt

Federal judge rules private land on border can be seized for the wall, despite Biden's construction halt

(CNN)The federal government can take "immediate possession" of a Texas family's land along the US-Mexico border after a years-long court battle, a -- a move at odds with President Joe Biden's pledge to halt wall construction.Tuesday's ruling from Judge Micaela Alvarez of the Texas Southern District Court was a blow to the Cavazos family, who for years have been fighting to keep the land that's been passed down for generations. "We're hardworking Hispanic landowners. To my family, you can offer whatever, it's more important for them to save their land," Baudilia "Lilly" Cavazos Rodriguez,...

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