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Border officials allow asylum-seekers to request U.S. entry through mobile app

Washington — U.S. border officials on Thursday began allowing some asylum-seekers to use a free mobile application to request an opportunity to be processed at an official port of entry. It is part of a strategy the Biden administration hopes will dissuade migrants from entering the U.S. illegally.Eligible migrants in Mexico who use the app will be granted an appointment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a port of entry, where officials will determine whether they should be allowed into the country under humanitarian exemptions to a pandemic-era rule known as Title 42 that has limited asylum claims.The expansion of the mobile app, called CBP One, was first previewed by President Biden last week, when he unveiled a new border strategy that paired increased expulsions for th...
El Paso halts practice of busing migrants to New York and Chicago, citing new expulsion policy
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El Paso halts practice of busing migrants to New York and Chicago, citing new expulsion policy

Officials in El Paso, Texas, discontinued this week the practice of transporting migrants to New York City and Chicago by bus, citing a new Biden administration policy designed to deter Venezuelan migrants from crossing the southern border illegally, a city spokesperson told CBS News.Laura Cruz-Acosta, the El Paso spokesperson, said the Democratic-led Texas city had stopped chartering buses of migrants to the northern cities, an effort it started this summer to reduce overcrowding in its shelter system, which was overwhelmed by a sharp increase in Venezuelan migrants released from U.S. border custody.Migrant arrivals, however, have decreased since the Biden administration announced last week that it would expel Venezuelan migrants who entered the country illegally to Mexico, while ...
New York declares state of emergency over migrant arrivals, citing dwindling shelter space
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New York declares state of emergency over migrant arrivals, citing dwindling shelter space

New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday over the arrival of thousands of migrants bused from the U.S. southern border in recent months, imploring the Biden administration for aid, as the city's overwhelmed shelters struggle to accommodate the recent arrivals.Adams, a Democrat, said the city's shelters are running out of bed space, with more than 61,000 homeless New Yorkers and migrants — including 20,000 children — in its housing system. A fifth of those in shelters are migrants, he said. The city has also enrolled 5,500 recently arrived migrant children in public schools.At the current pace, the local shelter system could find itself housing 100,000 individuals next year, Adams said. He added that the city also anticipates spending over $1 billion re...
The facts behind the Republican effort to send migrants to Democratic-led cities
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The facts behind the Republican effort to send migrants to Democratic-led cities

The intensifying Republican-led efforts to protest President Biden's policies along the southern border by transporting migrants to Democratic-controlled jurisdictions like Martha's Vineyard and Washington, D.C., have reignited a decades-old, divisive debate over U.S. immigration policy.The Biden administration, Democrats and advocates have called the transportation tactic a dehumanizing political stunt, accusing Republican-led states of using desperate asylum-seekers as props. Republican governors in Texas, Florida and Arizona have argued their efforts force Democratic cities to share the burden of accommodating migrants, which they say has fallen mostly on communities in their states.Beyond the political back-and-forth, the busing and flying of migrants to locations selected by R...
Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard say they were misled in lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard say they were misled in lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis

A group of Venezuelan migrants on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials who took credit for flying them to Martha's Vineyard, alleging that they were lured onto flights through gifts and false offers of jobs and services.Three migrants from Venezuela represented by civil rights attorneys in Massachusetts accused DeSantis of violating several federal laws and the U.S. Constitution, asking the federal district court in Boston to prohibit Florida from "inducing immigrants to travel across state lines by fraud and misrepresentation."The Venezuelan asylum-seekers also asked the court to award them and the several dozen other migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard last week monetary compensation for the emotional trauma the...
GOP governors continue sending migrants, including babies, to Democratic states
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GOP governors continue sending migrants, including babies, to Democratic states

Republican governors this week continued ramping up the controversial practice of sending migrants to Democratic states in a move critics are calling a political stunt. Arriving by bus and plane in Sacramento, California, dozens of migrant families, including children, were dropped off without any direction or assistance. Aid workers said some migrants who walked from a Sacramento airport looking for shelter ended up sleeping in a park. "Using people as political pawns to make a political point is wrong, and this is really an immoral thing for whoever is doing it to be doing," Autumn Gonzalez, a volunteer with the nonprofit group NorCal Resist, told CBS News. New York City's shelters are also at the breaking point. Mayor Eric Adams said the ci...
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This week on “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan,” September 18, 2022: Cuellar, Kostin, Johnson, Pape

"Face the Nation" Guest Lineup:Rep. Henry Cuellar - (D) Texas, vice chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland SecurityAndriy Kostin - Prosecutor General of UkraineJeh Johnson - Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama administrationRobert Pape - University of Chicago professor and founding director of the Chicago Project on Security & ThreatsPlus, a conversation with the authors of "The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of 'The Big Lie'"Major Garrett - CBS News chief Washington correspondentDavid Becker - Executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research and CBS News election law contributorHow to watch "Face the Nation"Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022TV: "Face the Nation" airs Sunday morning...
Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of “illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations”
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Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of “illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations”

Tallahassee, Florida — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha's Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration's failed border policies. Flights to the upscale island enclave in Massachusetts were part of an effort to "transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations," said Taryn Fenske, DeSantis' communications director. While DeSantis' office didn't elaborate on their legal status, many migrants who cross the border illegally from Mexico are temporarily shielded from deportation after being freed by U.S. authorities to pursue asylum in immigration courts — as allowed under U.S law and international treaty — or released on humanitarian parole. Terry MacCo...