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COVID-era Title 42 set to expire in United States



The new regulation, which becomes effective on Thursday, will deny asylum to most migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas outlined new regulation amid a surge of migrants at the southern border with Mexico.

This is due to the COVID-era health restrictions known as Title 42 expiring this week.

The new regulation, which becomes effective on Thursday, will deny asylum to most migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, a key part of President Joe Biden’s immigration enforcement plan.

“The rule presumes that those who do not use lawful pathways to enter the United States are ineligible for asylum. It allows the United States, it allows us, to remove individuals who do not establish a reasonable fear of persecution in the country of removal.”

Mayorkas said the new rule would mean harsher consequences for illegal border crossers, including a five-year ban from the U.S. if they do not qualify for asylum.

“Crossing irregularly is against the law and those who are not eligible for relief will be quickly returned.”

Mayorkas also called on Congress to fix what he called a “broken” immigration system, saying lawmakers failed to provide funds requested by the Biden administration for border agents and facilities.

“I cannot overemphasise that our current situation is the outcome of Congress leaving a broken, outdated immigration system in place for over two decades, despite unanimous agreement that we desperately need legislative reform.”

Migrants have been amassing in Mexico this week and those who have already crossed into the U.S. are straining border cities.

“I’m like in limbo. Let’s see what happens,” Colombian migrant Yovani Arias said while waiting to cross in the Mexican city of Tijuana. “I hope to be able to pass to the United States because I have a son there, he’s 18 years old and I want to be with him.”

“This time, we were trying to cross illegally because we previously turned ourselves in to the Border Patrol, and they didn’t process us,” Venezuelan migrant Luis Rivero said. “They didn’t call our contacts and families in the United States.

“On May 11th, things are about to change. We will no longer be able to enter in the same way. It will be stricter.”

“I understand that they will modify Title 42, which will be replaced by Title 8, but I am not clear what the new restrictions will be. It still has us pretty confused,” Venezuelan migrant Romario Solano said.

“Will it be easier? I doubt it because we know that as migration has increased, tougher measures have been taken.”

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Understanding the “very serious threat of military aggression” from dictatorships



The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks of autocratic states

U.S. President Joe Biden has not minced his words since he took office.

The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks autocratic states pose to Washington.

From Russia staging a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, to China’s Xi Jinping winning an historic third term as leader, autocratic states are able to make quick decisions.

But Washington has sought to change that narrative by holding regional dialogues with Pacific Island nations, and African leaders.

The U.S. is also increasing its security and defence in the wake of this perceived threat.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised aim at the U.S. and its NATO allies for escalating tensions when it comes to the war in Ukraine.

It’s become a proxy war between two great superpowers.

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Why are Hollywood writers walking off the job?



Writers in Hollywood and New York are on strike

Thousands of film and television writers are making their voices heard and pounding the pavement over a labor dispute.

The writers are on strike demanding better working conditions like pay increases in pay and residuals so they can stay in this industry.

Writers in Hollywood and New York are marching in picket lines looking to flex their muscles in an attempt to send a message to producers that they are not happy with what’s being offered.

The Writer’s Guild strike marks their first in 15-years and has sent Hollywood into turmoil, disrupting production.

The walkout comes as traditional TV audiences continue to shrink and the industry grapples with how to transition to the ever-growing popularity of streaming.

After failing to reach an agreement with studios like Netflix and Disney—the Writer’s Guild of America said its leadership unanimously supported a strike.

Seth Schachner from StratAmericas joins us to discuss. #stirke #hollywoodstrike #writers #tv #streaming

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Debt limit dispute: Will America default?



Can U.S. lawmakers agree on the debt limit before the fast approaching deadline to avoid default?

The executive branch and Congress are trying to strike a deal about the debt limit as the country marches closer to defaulting.

But can President Joe Biden and Republicans come to an agreement on fiscal policy in time?

The federal government could run out of money as early as June 1. Without borrowing more there is a risk that the United States will begin defaulting on its financial obligations.

Negotiations between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden at the White House continue as lawmakers are staring down a swiftly approaching deadline.

The Treasury has been warning that the government would likely default on some bills in June if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats have insisted on raising the debt limit without preconditions. But Republicans say President Biden and the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with America’s economy after a two-year spending binge that brought 40-year high inflation and pushed the nation’s debt to over $31-trillion.

While both sides have agreed that action is needed to reduce the deficit—each have extremely different ideas about how to do it.

Republicans are looking to cut spending levels, while Democrats have called to increase tax revenue from the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

So, can Washington D.C. politicians broker a deal and prevent the American economy from falling off a cliff?

Mitch Roschelle, Managing Director at Madison Ventures and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of San Diego School of Business joined us to discuss. #U.S. Politics #Mitch Roschelle #debt ceiling #Capitol Hill #Washington D.C.

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