CDC urges continuation of public health rule that keeps out migrants

To the dismay of immigration advocates, the Biden administration announced Aug. 2 it would continue implementing a public health rule enforced by the Trump administration, saying migrants at U.S. border crossings would be turned away to keep COVID-19 at bay. The government follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said in an Aug. 2 statement that allowing in certain noncitizens, whether they are coming from the Canada or crossing into the U.S. at the Mexico border, "creates a serious danger of the introduction of COVID-19 into the United States." Minors are exempt and some exceptions for families have been made.

Immigration advocates voice disappointment in Biden's deterrence path

Many migrants still are convinced the Biden administration is their best shot at getting a chance to stay or enter into the U.S., even as his administration seems increasingly moving toward a policy of deterrence — at least when it comes to Central America.

DHS announces 'expedited' deportations for some migrant families

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced July 26 it would begin "expedited removal" proceedings, or fast-tracking deportations, of some immigrant families who entered the U.S. illegally and do not qualify for asylum. 

Numbers of unaccompanied minors at border setting record

With a surge in the first few months of 2021 of minors entering the United States without a parent or guardian, figures from fiscal year 2020 already have surpassed the total of unaccompanied minors who made border entries during the previous year.