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US Admitting Asylum Seekers, No Longer Enforcing “Remain in Mexico” Program

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Photo credit: LA Times. Migrant families wait at the US-Mexico border.

Former President Trump’s program deporting asylum seekers that blunder on court hearings is lifted, allowing migrants to attend court proceedings domestically.

What We Know:

  • In 2019, the US Department of Homeland Security created the Migrant Protection Protocols, also called the “Remain in Mexico” program. The program sends certain asylum seekers back to Mexico to await their case processing in the US court.
  • 70,000 non-Mexican migrants were obligated to wait outside the US for court hearings. So far, the Biden Administration has permitted 11,000 asylum seekers to proceed with entry.
  • Those permitted entry must meet criteria set by humanitarian groups selected by the president. Some of the groups include the International Rescue Committee, London-based Save the Children, two U.S.-based organizations, HIAS and Kids in Need of Defense, two Mexico-based organizations, Asylum Access, and the Institute for Women in Migration.
  • Many pending migrants face a lack of shelter, violence, kidnappings, and inhumane conditions on the Mexican side of the border. These migrants meet the criteria to be considered a top priority. Other top priorities are asylum seekers who have waited the longest. Aside from these priorities, specific standards have not been announced. Some criticize the lack of publicized admissions standards, potential loopholes, and power vested in organizations. Critics call for clear, public criteria, as well as assurance that the most vulnerable migrants are granted entry first.

Asylum seekers in Tijuana sleep underneath the tarps and shades provided for them by donations. (Alejandro Tamayo / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

  • Those without current cases in the US are urged to stay put for the time being, with Vice President Kamala Harris stating directly, “I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border,” she said. Despite the legality of seeking asylum, Harris alludes to the inability of the United States to process migrants.
  • Pending migrants with current court cases eligible for entry must register online and create an appointment. This permits consideration of admission to one of three southern border ports. COVID-19 testing is also required for asylum seekers before admission.

Although the US-Mexico border is still closed, eligible migrants enduring unsafe conditions are encouraged to pursue their court hearings in the safety of the US.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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