Cramm for 12/3/21


Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy is back. 



In 2019, then-Prez Donald Trump intro’d a new policy that forces migrants to stay in Mexico as they await their US immigration court dates. More than 60,000 asylum seekers were sent to Mexico as a result. Super controversial, BTW. See: some people were left waiting in Mexico for months in limbo. Others faced dangerous conditions - such as attacks by criminal gangs. So when Joe Biden became prez, he quickly scrapped the policy, calling it “inhumane.” 



Only a slight problem...Republican officials in Missouri and Texas sued the Biden team to stop them from getting rid of the policy. Their argument? Keeping migrants in the US would place too much of a burden on the country. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which weighed in...and ultimately agreed with Missouri and Texas. Meaning the “Remain in Mexico” policy needed to be reinstated



Recently, the Biden team has been in talks with Mexico to figure out how to get the policy up and running again. Now, it looks like they’ve reached a solution. The policy will focus on single adult asylum seekers, with Mexico accepting anyone from Spanish-speaking countries. All migrants will be offered a Covid vaccine. The US will also set a goal of completing migrants’ claims within 180 days. 



The “Remain in Mexico” policy isn’t going anywhere. TBD on the long term impact. 


CORONAVIRUS: The first real world data on Omicron is here, and it’s not great. Case in point: it seems like the variant can evade some of our immunity, with scientists reporting a surge in the number of people getting coronavirus multiple times. Not totally clear what this means for vaccines. Speaking of which, a new study suggests that most covid vaccines also work as boosters, even in mix-and-match combinations. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines got the strongest immune response of the bunch. Also making headlines: the US will now require all incoming travelers to test negative one day before departure instead of three days. South Korea is hanging onto its covid restrictions a little bit longer. And Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, just exited a 107-day lockdown


POLITICS: Austria is going through a shake-up. Back in October, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was forced to resign over allegations that he used public money to do some not-so-ethical things. But Kurz stuck around as the leader of his party. Scratch that, because yesterday, he quit that job - and shortly after, the guy who replaced him as chancellor quit, too, throwing the country back into chaos. Fast forward 24 hours, and Austria’s ruling party selected Interior Minister Karl Nehammer as the new chancellor. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, the US just teamed up with international allies to slap new sanctions on Belarus. ICYMI, the country is accused of creating a migrant crisis at the Polish border as retaliation for past sanctions.  


MONEY: A lot is going on in the US when it comes to money. Here’s what you need to know. Yesterday, the Senate passed a stopgap funding bill, averting a potential gov shutdown. The gov needs constant funding to continue running, and it’s up to Congress to provide that funding. The Senate’s bill will only fund the gov through February 18, when they’ll need to figure out a longer term plan. Meanwhile, the November jobs report is here. Job growth was lower than expected, with a gain of just 210,000 - down from estimates of nearly 550,000. In some good news: the unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, a 21-month low. And last but not least, some Republican-led states are offering unemployment benefits to workers who were fired or quit over vaccine mandates. Tension, high. 


Australia:” the drunkest country in the world, according to a new study. 


“At least 232 tarantulas, 67 cockroaches, nine spider eggs, and a scorpion with seven of its young were confiscated” - Colombian authorities, foiling an attempt to smuggle hundreds of insects into Germany. Hola, nightmares. 

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