Maneuvering on Capitol Hill to Delay End of Migrant Removal Policy – The Biden administration has officially announced the end of the controversial measure known as Title 42, the Trump-era order that allows migrants to be expelled without due process by invoking the public health emergency of the pandemic. Although the measure was applauded by Democratic lawmakers and community groups, conservatives from both parties are pushing in the Senate for its delay, arguing that it will encourage the arrival of thousands of asylum seekers at the border. José López Zamorano reports from Washington.
Calls to Fix Census’ Undercount of Latino, Blacks, and Native Americans – The Census Bureau has acknowledged that more than 3 million Latinos were not counted in the last census. Millions of Latinos being left out of the population registry would mean fewer resources for families and communities and less political influence. Faced with this historic undercount of Latinos and people of color, a leading demographer is calling for an urgent adjustment of the numbers to prevent such consequences. Professor Rafael Saenz gave us an idea of the size of the problem in an interview with our news director Samuel Orozco. You can listen to the full interview in the archives of Línea Abierta from April 6 at radiobilingue.org.
Mexico on Eve of Presidential Recall Referendum – This Sunday, Mexicans will go to the polls for the first presidential recall vote in the history of the country. Citizens will have to decide whether to endorse President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to continue his administration until 2024, or to request his immediate removal due to loss of confidence. This unprecedented exercise of direct democracy has generated a polarized debate. Since the referendum was initiated by the president, the opposition considers it a waste of public funds. Meanwhile, the president’s supporters have criticized electoral authorities for being partial and sluggish. Citlali Saenz reports from Mexico City.