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SCOTUS Requires Biden Administration to Reinstate 'Remain in Mexico'

The Fifth Circuit preliminarily ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico," on Aug. 15.  This policy authorizes the federal government to “return certain third-country nationals arriving in the United States to Mexico or Canada for the duration of their removal proceedings.”

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Immigration Congressional Hearings | April 2021 Highlights

Congress held several hearings on immigration issues in late April, including how to improve the U.S.’s legal immigration system and manage the increase in unaccompanied children arriving at the border.

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DHS Ends Trump-Era Public Charge Rule

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced March 9 that the federal government will no longer defend the Trump administration’s public charge rule.

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U.S. House Passes Two Immigration Reform Bills

The U.S. House passed two immigration reform bills on March 18: The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 and The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021.

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NCSL Joins Immigration Briefing for Hill Staffers

As Congress grapples with how to best tackle immigration reform, NCSL, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors partnered to brief hill staffers on state and local priorities in immigration reform.

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NCSL Holds Congressional Briefing on State and Local Immigration Priorities

To inform hill staffers about state and local priorities in immigration reform, NCSL, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors will host a March 19th briefing at 11 a.m. ET where a bipartisan panel of state and local elected officials will share their perspectives on immigration reform as well as insights from their communities.

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Supreme Court to Hear Immigrant Public Charge Case

In Department of Homeland Security v. New York the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump administration’s “public charge” definition violates the Immigration and Nationality Act or is arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act.

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U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 Introduced in the House and Senate

The bill features an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1. It would apply to an estimated 11 million people, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. for five years following background checks and tax payments.

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States Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

NCSL’s Task Force on Immigration and the States has been examining immigration challenges and proposing common sense reforms since it was formed in 2006. This week, task force cochairs Nevada State Senator Mo Denis and Nebraska State Senator John McCollister highlighted success stories in their states for the National Immigration Forum’s Leading the Way conference.

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Supreme Court Allows DACA to Continue

In a 5-4 decision in DHS v. Regents of the University of California, the Supreme Court held that the decision to wind-down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

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