This week in immigration news – April 6, 2022

Push for $10 billion in Covid aid hits a snag in the Senate over immigration dispute 

Republicans have halted a $10 billion COVID-19 relief bill over the Biden administration’s plan to repeal Title 42, a policy that was implemented by the Trump administration at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and meant immediate removal of all immigrants attempting to enter the United States due to the public health crisis. 

Several Democrats have indicated that they may be in favor of voting on an amendment to restore Title 42.  

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The Biden administration is now allowing prosecutors to dismiss certain deportation cases 

The Biden administration’s memo is aimed at reducing the more than one-million-case backlog in immigration court and has been criticized by Republicans as attempting to stop immigration officials from doing their job.  


African immigrant advocates point to “double standard” as Ukrainians receive U.S. relief  

Immigrant rights advocates criticize the fact that the Biden administration was quick to provide Ukrainians with temporary protected status in the wake of Russia’s invasion, but the same has not been extended to Haitians fleeing a country torn apart by an earthquake and a presidential assassination, or Cameroonians fleeing a country that has been torn apart by a civil war.