This week in immigration news – February 25, 2021

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Democrats introduce sweeping immigration bill with 8-year pathway to citizenship

This week, the Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced in Congress. In addition to providing millions of immigrants with an eight-year path to citizenship, the legislation would expedite citizenship for undocumented farmworkers and DACA youth, raise country caps for legal immigration, and repeal the three- and 10-year penalties undocumented immigrants face when they leave the United States for any reason.

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Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

On Tuesday this week, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton indefinitely banned the Biden administration from carrying out their 100-day pause on most deportations. In his reasoning, Tipton claimed that the Biden administration failed to show why the pause in deportations was justified.

U.S. shelters for migrant children near maximum capacity as border crossings increase

An increase in the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol has led to a strain in the ability to house them as they wait to be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Biden administration rolls back Trump-era citizenship civics test

Citing potential “barriers” to citizenship with the Trump administration’s version of the test—which included more questions as well as a higher passing grade—the Biden administration has announced the test will revert to a version administered in 2008 starting in March.

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