Immigration Guide – September 2021

Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues:

There is an ongoing discussion regarding the Biden administration’s stance on asylum seekers and many are wondering about the inconsistent policies and criteria for accepting vulnerable populations knocking on America’s doors. In this edition of the newsletter, we have curated some of the top headlines this month, from Haitian migrants at the border to Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban rule.

Also in this edition, we put the spotlight on one of the more popular immigration topics being asked by clients – ​citizenship through naturalization. The video highlights the process involved and how the Polutan Law Group can help. We hope you enjoy this video; contact us if you have any questions.

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Biden’s approach to immigration is causing a huge internal rift and leading to a lot of confusion
The Biden administration has undone several initiatives enacted under Trump, notably the entry ban for people from several majority-Muslim nations. It has also pursued aspects of the progressive agenda it promised by limiting arrests by deportation officers, largely ceasing detention of families, and reuniting many parents and children separated by the Trump administration.
Are Haitian migrants being deported, repatriated or expelled? And what’s the difference?
The plight of thousands of Haitian refugees awaiting asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas captured national attention when video showed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents chasing the migrants on horseback. 
U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns, says he will not be associated with ‘inhumane, counterproductive’ deportations of Haitians
The resignation of the U.S. special envoy to Haiti in protest of what he called “inhumane” deportations of Haitian migrants spotlighted a widening crisis for the Biden administration, as Democratic allies turned on the White House over images of pursuit and squalor that some lawmakers denounced as racist and immoral.
Biden in a bind on the border: ‘The politics finally got the better of their policy’
Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, called the Border Patrol “egregious and white supremacist.” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said it was “worse than what we witnessed in slavery.” Biden’s administration continues to deport Haitian migrants and others seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border under a controversial Trump-era public health order.
The Afghan refugee crisis has revealed the artificial limits of America’s will to welcome
Polling has shown that 76 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats back resettlement efforts for Afghans who aided US troops. When it comes to other asylum seekers, the numbers are starkly different.