VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, Nov. 6–19

Editor’s note: Here’s a look at immigration-related news across the United States this week. Questions? Advice? Comment? Email VOA’s immigration team: [email protected]

State Department officials said

The Biden administration has reduced wait times worldwide for nonimmigrant visa interviews, an official said Thursday. But the progress is disputed by an immigration policy analyst who follows the issue closely. VOA immigration correspondent Aline Barros reports from Washington.

Judge Delays End of Asylum Restrictions in Late December

A federal judge on Wednesday granted the Biden administration a five-week deadline to end far-reaching asylum restrictions, writing in capital letters that it would do so “WITH GREAT RELICTANCE,” The Associated Press reported.

International students returning to US since pandemic decline

International students are returning to the United States after a sharp drop during the pandemic, according to the Open Doors 2022 Report on International Educational Exchange (IEE). VOA immigration correspondent Aline Barros reports from Washington.

Cuba agrees to accept US deportation flights as border crossings ramp up

Cuba has agreed for the first time since the pandemic to accept U.S. deportation flights that brought Cubans detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, three U.S. officials told Reuters, giving U.S. authorities a new but limited tool to deter record numbers. crossing the Cuban border, Reuters. report.

Report: The head of the US border agency was forced

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being forced to step down from his job leading the nation’s largest law enforcement agency as agents grapple with a record number of immigrants entering the U.S. from Mexico, according to two people familiar with the matter. , The Associated Press reported.

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US Extends Protected Status to Mid-2024 for 6 Nationalities

The United States has notified El Salvador that the temporary protected status of its citizens and those of five other countries will be extended until June 30, 2024, Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States Milena Mayorga said Thursday. The other countries are Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras and Nepal, according to a document filed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday. The action means their temporary protection status (TPS) will not expire on December 31, 2022, as previously scheduled, Reuters reported.

Afghan Americans Vote With Their Eyes on the Afghan Refugee Issue

Some Afghan Americans living in northern Virginia said they were determined to vote in the midterm elections and that U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan and immigration are more important to them. Matiullah Abid Noor and Shahnaz Nafees have the story. Roshan Noorzai contributed to this report.

Meta’s layoffs deepen Silicon Valley’s job losses

Widespread downsizing in the US tech industry has thrown thousands of Silicon Valley workers out of a job, a trend greatly amplified Wednesday by Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, which announced it would eliminate 13% of its workforce, amounting to more than . 11,000 jobs.

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Immigration around the world

Being black in Tunisia

Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Tunis, Zied Rouine didn’t think much about the color of his skin. Not when kids teased him at school, or when his soccer teammates nicknamed him Pele, after Brazil’s dark-skinned soccer legend. His athletic skills and fierce protection of his lighter brother from the persecutors were acceptance tickets. Only years later, while participating in an international forum on discrimination, Rouine realized that something was wrong. Lisa Bryant reports for VOA from Paris.

England, France join forces to stop migrant tides across the English Channel

Britain and France join forces to stop migrants crossing the English Channel to England. Under the new agreement, Britain will pay France $75 million to boost security that would prevent migrants and asylum seekers from sailing on small vessels from France through dangerous waterways, VOA News reported.

After spat with Italy, France takes in migrant boats

France resolved a day-long dispute with Italy’s right-wing government by agreeing to take over a boat carrying more than 200 migrants who fled the Mediterranean. The Viking Ocean is due to dock in the southern French port of Toulon on Friday – but relations with Rome remain sour. For the 234 migrants aboard the Viking Ocean, France’s decision to take them in was the end of a long odyssey. Lisa Bryant reports for VOA from Paris.

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The German Aid Group: 89 Migrants allowed to disembark in Italy

A German humanitarian group said its ship was off southern Italy early Tuesday and had disembarked 89 people rescued at sea, ending a migrant rescue saga as others continue under Italy’s new government. right Mission Lifeline posted video on social media of the 25-meter (80-foot) cargo plane docking Rise Above in Reggio Calabria and said “the odyssey of the 89 passengers and nine crew members on board appears to be over.” In a subsequent post, he said all 89 were allowed to disembark, The Associated Press reported.

News brief

— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in November that it will accept certain affirmative asylum applications online. USCIS continues to accept the latest paper version of this form by mail.

— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released updated numbers showing a record number of migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border. “The total number of unique encounters on the Southwest Border in October 2022 was 185,527, an increase of 1.5% over the previous month, driven by an influx of asylum seekers fleeing authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua,” according to the latest release CBP.

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