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DHS to allow some Afghans to enter US without formal visas
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is using his parole authority to allow some Afghan evacuees to enter the United States while they wait for their applications to be processed, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday.The official said that, in some instances, Mayorkas is using his parole authority to allow Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants who are in the pipeline but who haven't completed the applicationThe official said that, in some instances, Mayorkas is using his parole authority to allow Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants who are in the pipeline but who haven't completed the application process to potentially be given parole.
David Shahoulian, a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is leaving his post, making him the second high-ranking official to leave the department this week.
A source confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday that Shahoulian, who served as assistant secretary of border and immigration policy, has resigned from his post.
Shahoulian is leaving the department for personal reasons, according to , citing a source familiar with the departure. He also served at DHS under the Obama administration, and previously spent time as assistant secretary for border security and immigration.
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The departure comes one day after Karen Olick, who was serving as chief of staff to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced that she would be at the end of the month.
She is departing for an undisclosed opportunity, according to .
Jennifer Higgings, who is the current associate director of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will reportedly take over as chief of staff until a replacement is chosen.
The departures of the two senior officials comes as DHS is responding to a number of pressing issues in the U.S., including the large influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and now, the resettlement of thousands of Afghans that were evacuated in recent weeks.
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President Biden last month to serve as the lead agency overseeing the resettlement of vulnerable Afghans and allies from the country.
The agency established a Unified Coordination Group to manage the effort, which includes initial immigration processing, COVID-19 testing and subsequent isolation or quarantine if needed, and resettlement support for individuals who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
The administration is expecting to welcome 65,000 Afghan refugees by the end of September, according to CNN. An additional 30,000 will likely follow in the next 12 months.
Those numbers, the network noted, is a sizable increase from the previous number of monthly admissions, which was around 2,000.
Shahoulian was previously the Democratic chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, which was one of the congressional panels that acquired documents regarding former President Trump's controversial "zero tolerance" policy that separated thousands of migrant families, CNN noted.
Rebecca Beitsch contributed to this report.
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Haitian deportees attacked U.S. pilots and ICE agents on flights arriving in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A spokesperson for DHS told The Hill in a statement that some adult migrants caused "two separate disruptions" on the tarmac after deplaning in Port-au-Prince. Haitian crowd control officers responded to both incidents and "resolved the situation.""ICE [Immigrations and CustomsA spokesperson for DHS told The Hill in a statement that some adult migrants caused "two separate disruptions" on the tarmac after deplaning in Port-au-Prince. Haitian crowd control officers responded to both incidents and "resolved the situation.