This week in immigration news – April 22, 2021

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Immigration agencies ordered not to use term “illegal alien” under new Biden policy

The words “illegal alien” and “assimilation” at U.S. immigration agencies have been replaced with “undocumented noncitizen” and “integration.” While officials are still allowed to use the word “alien”—as it appears many times throughout U.S. immigration law—when filling out relevant forms, the changes in language signal a shift in priorities for the Biden administration from its predecessor.

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Latino lawmakers urge Biden to push through immigration bills, send humanitarian team to border

As most legislation requires 60 votes in the Senate to pass, Latino lawmakers are urging President Biden to take action on immigration through the budget reconciliation process, which would require only a simple majority of votes to pass into law.

Immigrant detention for profit faces resistance after big expansion under Trump

After the Trump administration detained a record numbers of immigrants, President Biden has indicated that fewer immigrants will be detained, and that his administration is interested in exploring alternatives to immigrant detention. For-profit immigrant detention companies have faced grassroot opposition, as well as opposition from lending companies since the Biden administration took office.


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