Monday, November 29

Undocumented persons who report labor abuse could obtain deportation waivers and work permits

The Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering granting a waiver of deportation and Employment Authorization (EAD) to those undocumented immigrants who report labor abuse.

“The Biden Administration is considering options to offer deportation protections to immigrants who work in the country without authorization if they report an abusive employer,” says a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper cites an internal memorandum that the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, sent the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tae Johnson.

The document, it is added, was sent on Tuesday, asking Johnson and other immigration officials to work on a plan to help prosecute employers who hire the undocumented and abuse their undocumented status.

“The memo calls on Mr. Johnson, and other senior immigration officials, to develop policy options within the next 60 days to effect that change,” it added.

According to the Journal report, the new policy of the Biden Administration would be “one of the priorities” on immigration.

If that adjustment is achieved, it is possible that there will be a battle in court, as has happened with other policies of the Biden Administration to try to reduce the persecution of undocumented immigrants, such as the first ICE guidelines of this year that prevented the detention of people without records. criminal.

The plan also emerges amidst the discussion in the Senate by a third option to present to the parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to include a citizenship plan for undocumented persons under the Reconciliation process, after the expert rejected two options, including the change to the Registry Law.

This newspaper confirmed that the Senate is working on an option to avoid the deportation of undocumented immigrants and grant them EAD, but activists reject that possibility, considering that it leaves immigrants “in limbo”.

“The key is citizenship, registration, yes, it would be the best,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, on the El Diario sin Límites podcast. “You have to fight for citizenship, not another form of temporary status.”

The first plan in the Senate was to grant citizenship to eight million immigrants, including ‘dreamers’, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), agricultural workers and other essential employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second plan was to modify the date of the Registry Law, so that immigrants who arrived in the country before 2010 could apply for a ‘green card’.

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