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Boundless Immigration News Weekly Recap Archive: June 7, 2024

This week's round-up of the biggest, need-to-know immigration news

Jun 7, 2024

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Biden Restricts Asylum at Border

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday to temporarily shut down the US-Mexico border to asylum-seekers when daily illegal crossings exceed 2,500. The order, invoking section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, aims to address the surge in migrant crossings. The measure has drawn criticism from progressives and is expected to face legal challenges. This move comes as Biden seeks to strengthen his stance on border security ahead of the November election.

Schengen Visa Fees Will Increase in June

The European Commission announced the cost of a Schengen visa will rise this June. The increase, attributed to inflation in member states, will see the basic fee for a Schengen visa rise by 12%. This change will take effect on June 11, 2024, raising the cost from €80 to €90 for adults and from €40 to €45 for children.

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Appeals Court Rules That Prolonged Detention Without Bail Hearing Can Violate Rights

A U.S. appeals court ruled that detaining green card holders without a bail hearing for an “unreasonably prolonged” period can violate their constitutional rights but did not set a strict time limit. 

The court found it unreasonable that a Jamaican man convicted of child sexual abuse and a Dominican citizen who pleaded guilty to assault were detained for seven months and nearly two years without a bail hearing. The court emphasized that prolonged detention without a bail hearing raises serious due process concerns. However, it declined to mandate bail hearings after six months, instead advising courts to decide on a case-by-case basis. 

ICE Deaths More Than Double This Year

Ten people have died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody this fiscal year, more than twice as many as last year. This is the highest number of deaths in the first eight months of any fiscal year since 2020, when 21 people died during the Covid pandemic. 
ICE told NBC News the agency “takes very seriously the safety of those in its custody and remains committed to ensuring that all those in its custody reside in safe, secure, and humane environments.” ICE said it spent nearly $324 million on healthcare services in fiscal year 2022.