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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will not provide checks to undocumented individuals or families within the five boroughs. “We do not have federal cash flow that we can use,” de Blasio said. And while another federal stimulus bill may still arrive, he doubts a Republican Senate will allow it to benefit undocumented people. De Blasio said the city will still offer food and assistance to undocumented New Yorkers, but that has not been enough for some families who also did not qualify for federal stimulus checks or unemployment benefits. Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of NYC’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, also said there is no plan to administer aid to undocumented families, and pointed to the distribution of financial assistance for thousands of people by the Open Society Foundation. City Limits
In other local immigration news…
New Jersey Resident Faces Deportation After 22 Years in U.S.
Luz Vanegas has to deal with both the stress of visiting her daughter in a rehabilitation center and raising her four-month-old granddaughter, all while facing possible deportation to Columbia after residing in the U.S. for 22 years. Vanegas was first slated for deportation from New York in 2000, but moved to New Jersey and remained there undocumented. In 2014, when Vanegas was five months pregnant with her youngest child, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested her while she was working. She had been regularly checking with ICE officers ever since, and they gave her short-term reprieves from deportation. But when Vanegas made her most recent check-in on Sept. 30, she was given an ankle monitor and told she’d be deported soon. USA TODAY
Foreign College Students Denied Entry to U.S. Due to COVID-19
New policies created for the pandemic stopped thousands of international students from attending U.S. universities this fall semester. According to a survey of over 700 schools, international student enrollment in the U.S. dropped by 43 percent this fall. Even some of the nation’s largest universities saw a huge decline. International student enrollment had been declining in recent years, but the pandemic brought it to a record low. The drop in international enrollment hurts colleges’ budgets because foreign students usually pay higher tuition rates. The University of Illinois, for example, could lose about $26 million this semester. New Jersey News Network
Migrant Workers Debate Pandemic Risks
Mexican workers in the U.S. have set a record for how much money they brought home during the pandemic. In March, they sent home about $4 billion, 36 percent more than last year, Reuters reports. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador predicted total remittances to Mexico will reach close to $40 billion by the end of the year. But according to Mexico’s foreign ministry, roughly 2,500 Mexicans in the U.S., most of them essential workers, died from COVID-19 as of June. This led some workers to question if migrating to the U.S. during the pandemic is worth the risk. Foreign Policy