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Five-Minute News 12/3/21: Remain In Mexico Policy; Omicron Variant

Five-Minute News 12/3/21: Remain In Mexico Policy; Omicron Variant

Ready to catch up on the morning news highlights with a quick, factual broadcast you can get through in a coffee break? Here’s the Five-Minute News with Anthony Davis.

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The Friday, December 3rd, 2021 edition covers the resumption of the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, and the problems with the policy, as well as the efforts of the Biden Administration to fight the newly-discovered Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A ruling by a Trump-appointed judge has forced the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, begun under Donald Trump’s presidency, to resume. The policy pushes asylum-seekers back over the border to await their hearings. The policy has been fought due to the additional burdens it placed on asylum-seekers, who struggled to access attorneys and legal information while shut out of the country. Though it’s now resumed, immigrants subjected to it will be vaccinated against COVID-19, a team of immigration judges will be exclusively assigned to these cases in order to process them more quickly, and there is a stated goal to let no case languish over 180 days.

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The Omicron variant, which experts are still studying but are concerned about, has now been found in three U.S. states: California, Colorado, and Minnesota. The Biden Administration is puttnga a plan in place to require all inbound international travelers to be tested for COVID-19 within a day of departure, regardless of vaccination status. Mask requirements on planes, trains, and all public transit are extended through March, and private health insurers will be required to reimburse their clients for home COVID-19 tests.

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