In a widely expected move, the Biden Administration ousted Rodney Scott as the head of US Border Patrol. His departure clears the way for new leadership, likely to be chosen by Biden’s nominee for head of CBP, Chris Magnus. The Biden Administration remains under pressure to fill a number of vacant leadership roles at DHS.
Attorney General Merrick Garland ended the Trump Administration rulings that made it virtually impossible for people fleeing gang or domestic violence to seek asylum. This reversal applies to all relevant cases in process in the US immigration system, including appeals. The ruling was an important step in restoring access to asylum for tens of thousands of people.
Catholic Relief Services conducted a study of 785 Guatemalans in order to better understand the factors that push people to migrate or stay in their home countries. The study found that the vast majority of people surveyed, 77%, had little or no intention to migrate. The study went on to identify key indicators that meant people would be inclined to stay rooted in their communities.
The US Supreme Court ruled that asylum-seekers who had been previously deported would not be eligible for a bond hearing if they were detained in the US again. This ruling means that migrants who have been previously deported could face indefinite detention, even if they can prove they pose neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk. At Kino, we have numerous documented instances of CBP wrongfully removing asylum seekers. This ruling means that when they re-enter, they will be subject to detention without the opportunity for a bond hearing through no fault of their own.