The democratically-run house passed legislation on Thursday to provide a route to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, including so-called dreamers, and ultimately to give legal status to nearly a million farm workers and their families.
By voting on these targeted bills – rather than President Biden’s full immigration overhaul – the Democratic legislature hoped to draw a clear line between itself and Republicans on some of the more popular and undisputed elements of Biden’s broader immigration plan.
They are pushing for an advantage they see in an issue on which public opinion has shifted significantly to the left over the past five years: polls show it more than four out of five Voters across the country now support allowing dreamers or immigrants brought to the United States as children to become citizens.
However, this benefit may be at risk due to an increasingly difficult situation on the US-Mexico border. Since the beginning of the Biden administration, there has been a surge in asylum seekers and other migrants, partly caused by the more accommodating tone of the new president compared to that of his predecessor.
As the political career of former President Donald Trump shows, there is probably no problem that separates conservatives and liberals as much as immigration. While the country’s views were being decided more for immigrants During Mr. Trump’s tenure, a tough stance against illegal immigration also became one of the top rallying calls for the G.O.P.
Mr Biden and his Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas offset their desire to reject Trump’s uncompromising approach – particularly with regard to unaccompanied minors who have arrived at the border at the rate of around 400 people a day this month – with a confirmation that it is simply not an option is to carry on as usual as tens of thousands of migrants fleeing insecurity and poverty at home need housing and processing.
A month ago, immigration wasn’t a major concern for most Americans. ON Pew Research Center survey In early February, only 38 percent of the country stated that “reducing illegal immigration” should be a major priority among the United States’ foreign policy objectives.
That was half the proportion that said protecting American jobs should be a key foreign policy focus. And even fewer said that in a reducing manner legal Immigration should be a priority.
But in one CNN poll Immigration, published last week, was the only problem out of a list of seven that Americans gave Mr. Biden meaningfully negative ratings. Forty-nine percent of respondents disapproved of his handling of immigration, while 43 percent agreed.
Among the political independents, he was 15 points in the hole: 53 percent disapproved, 38 percent agreed.
When Mr Mayorkas testified before the House Homeland Security Committee this week, he admitted that the situation at the border “is undoubtedly difficult” and tried to control expectations. “We’re working around the clock to manage it and it’s going to take time,” he said.
What we know (and what not) about the launch of the vaccine
With coronavirus vaccines rapidly becoming available, numerous states are trying to surpass President Biden’s goal of offering shots to all adults by May 1.
Alaska and Mississippi have already opened the vaccine to anyone aged 16 and over, regardless of risk factors. Other states – including Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, and Utah – plan to follow suit this month or next.
One recently Poll from NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist College found that more than three in five Americans aged 75 and over have already been vaccinated. Divisions persist, however: almost half of all respondents who said they re-elected Donald Trump in November said they would not receive a vaccine once it became available.
The distribution of the vaccines is ultimately up to the states, but Mr Biden has set himself the goal of grabbing the bull by the horns and positioning the federal government as a kind of air traffic controller for the introduction of the vaccines.
The $ 1.9 trillion aid package he signed last week has a lot to do with it as it includes large allocations for vaccine distribution as well as state and local governments. I’ve caught up Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a Washington correspondent who works on health policy to get an overview of where things are – and what we know (and what we don’t know) about the Biden administration’s plans.
The relief bill includes billions for vaccine and coronavirus testing distribution and hundreds of billions for school districts as well as state and local governments. Is this funding tied to specific benchmarks? How does the administration use these funds to control the distribution of vaccines at the national level?
I don’t think we know what benchmarks the Biden administration is using. I asked what metrics they would use to gauge the success of their plan to speed up coronavirus screening tests in schools. I didn’t get a straight answer.
States treat vaccine distribution in very different ways. Most gradually make vaccines available to residents, depending on their age and other risk factors. Vaccinations are now available to all adults in some states – and in certain counties in other states. Where do health professionals, both at C.D.C. and land on it elsewhere? Is this a concern for epidemiologists, or are they saying we have come to a point where it makes sense to make vaccines openly available?
The bottom line from health experts is: It is important that as many people as possible get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Most states are unable to vaccinate the highest priority groups, such as: B. Healthcare workers or people living in nursing homes, and at least offer the vaccine to key workers. However, as you note, some states have lowered the age of eligibility while others have not.
Vaccination in the United States has always been the province of the States, and the guidelines of the federal centers for disease control and prevention are just those – guidelines. Even so, President Biden has ordered all states to qualify all adults for the vaccine by May 1 at the latest.
As the vaccine supply grows, we will soon see a reversal: instead of having too little vaccine for a public that craves it, we will have more than enough and the problem will be finding people who don’t want to take it.
Biden said last week that the federal government would secure an additional 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine. When will these vaccines be available? Are we approaching a point where supply more or less matches demand?
These doses are not expected to be available until the second half of this year. The White House provides for them to be available to vaccinate children or to booster or reformulate vaccines to combat emerging variants.
That is, we are actually approaching, or at least approaching, a point where supply equals demand. The government estimates that enough vaccines will be available by the end of May to vaccinate every adult American.
Opinion polls have shown that certain populations in the country are stubbornly reluctant to take the vaccine – especially Republican men, about half of whom in a recent poll said they would not take the vaccine even if it were available. Is this a concern for officials and are leaders taking steps to counter this reluctance?
The hesitation about vaccines is very worrying for public health officials. Refusing vaccinations could slow the campaign to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading, which in turn would cut back efforts to revitalize the economy and revitalize life. And the health authorities know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Different groups hesitate for different reasons, and public awareness campaigns need to be tailored to the individual’s concerns.
Regarding Republicans, like our colleagues Annie Karni and Zolan Kanno-Youngs Recently reported, the White House is facing a delicate task. Former President Donald Trump has been telling people the virus was a joke for months and many of his supporters do not want to be vaccinated (although he and his wife Melania were vaccinated before they left the White House).
Trump was noticeably absent from a recent public service announcement in which the four other living former presidents urged Americans to get the vaccine. But in a television interview on Tuesday, he publicly endorsed vaccination and told his supporters, “I would recommend it.” It remains an open question what impact this will have. Meanwhile, the Biden government is working with a non-partisan group called the Covid Collaborative, which is addressing the hesitation of the vaccine among conservatives.
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