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A federal volunteer who spent two weeks in May at Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, Texas, detailed how thousands of migrant children are facing stress and anxiety as they wait to be reunited with their families. Paramedics were called regularly to treat those who suffered from panic attacks so severe, they caused the children’s hands to compress into balls and their bodies to tremble. Other children would develop marks on their arms, which indicated self-harm. The volunteer mentioned the majority of the children spend the entire day sleeping. Some of those children have been at the facility for almost two months. The Associated Press
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Pathway to Citizenship Could Boost GDP by $1.7 Trillion in 10 Years
A report from the Center for American Progress and the University of California indicates that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants could advance the U.S.’s economy by $1.7 trillion over the next decade and create 438,800 new jobs. The report outlined a variety of economic outcomes based on scenarios where different groups of undocumented immigrants received a pathway to citizenship. The 10.2 million undocumented immigrants who currently live in the U.S. have been here an average of 16 years, according to the report. A pathway to citizenship could also lead to increased income of $4,300 over five years for these immigrants and $11,800 over 10 years. The Hill
Advocates Warn of Possible Immigration Scams Targeting Haitians
Immigration advocates were thrilled with the Biden administration’s extension of Temporary Protected Status for thousands of Haitians. But since the news broke, there have been some setbacks for immigrants and advocates. That included a Supreme Court ruling that determined TPS couldn’t guarantee someone permanent residency. The announcement also brought about new chances for scammers to take advantage of Haitians desperate for protection. People pretending to be attorneys or pastors have been offering to file TPS applications throughout the U.S., targeting undocumented immigrants while asking up to $5,000. Haitian Times
Minnesota’s Immigrant Graduates Look Forward to Bright Future
Students around the world had to adapt to online learning while also losing family members to COVID-19 or getting sick themselves. Sahan Journal spoke with Twin Cities high school and college graduates from immigrant communities about their experience this past year. Twins Let Let and Lay Lay’s father was diagnosed with stage four cancer and died in January 2020. Let Let was the valedictorian and spoke about the sacrifices her refugee parents went through to bring their family to the U.S. She plans to continue to succeed to ensure their sacrifice was worth it. Sahan Journal
Six New Dreamers Share Experiences
It’s been exactly nine years since the Obama administration introduced the DACA program. More than 800,000 young individuals have benefitted from the program, though it doesn’t provide a pathway to citizenship. Since the program has faced legal challenges over the years, thousands of recipients and eligible applicants have remained in limbo. Mother Jones sat down with six first-time applicants, some who were approved and others who are still waiting for their petitions to be processed. They come from four different countries, reside in different parts of the U.S., and some were too young to apply for the program when it was first created and others were too frightened. Mother Jones
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