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Immigration News Today: How Temporary Protected Status Expanded under Biden

Fisayo Okare

Apr 26, 2023

A donation box is set out at the booth of the local TPS committee. Credit: Eileen Grench

Just have a minute? Here are the top stories you need to know about immigration.

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

New York

Asylum seekers who arrived in NY last spring struggle to find lawyers to file for asylum before one-year deadline: Asylum seekers need to file for asylum within a year of arriving in the U.S., though minors have an exception to the one-year filing deadline. — Documented

Listen: Some Chinatown community leaders are skeptical of secret police station charge: Documented’s April Xu was on WNYC to speak about her recent report on the FBI’s arrest of two Chinese agents allegedly tied to a secret police station in Chinatown. — Listen to it here 

How to track an upcoming hearing at immigration court: Documented’s resource guide details how to use the Automated Case Information System to check a case statuses online. — Read more here

What happens when work visa applications make it to the National Visa Center: When applicants’ cases reach the NVC, the agency creates a case in its system and assigns applicants case numbers. Documented’s resource guide dives into the process. — Read more

Asylees, unaware of City laws, got their electric scooters confiscated at Row Hotel: Newly arrived migrants said bike shops didn’t tell them they needed a license to drive a version of the electric scooters.  — El Diario (Spanish)

Around the U.S. 

Immigrants report dehumanizing treatment at Aurora ICE facility: A Colorado bill to prohibit local governments from entering contracts with private detention facilities has passed the chambers and needs the governor’s signature. — Colorado Newsline

Organizations supporting Denver’s immigrants receive more funding: The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund, which provides other organizations with funding for free legal services to immigrants, recently received an increase in funding from the City of Denver. — Rocky Mountain PBS 

Documentary “Dreamers” about undocumented immigrants acquired by Swiss sales agency Lightdox: The film centers on Carlos, who arrived in Chicago from Mexico in 1993, at age 9. He has never left the city, but now works and pays taxes while living a discreet life out of fear of deportation. — Variety 

How Temporary Protected Status has expanded under Biden: The Biden administration recently renewed TPS designation for 280,000 immigrants, of an estimated 670,000 eligible for the protections. — Pew Research Center

Washington D.C.

Biden has used executive authority to expand the number of legal immigrants entering the U.S.: The executive branch is doing what it can as Congress stalls on immigration legislation, but courts may upend its progress. — The New York Times

U.S. urges organizations to sponsor immigrants to stem dangerous migration: U.S. chargé d’affaires in Havana, Benjamin Ziff, said the U.S. is making efforts to expand the number of organizations willing to sponsor Cubans and other immigrants. — NBC News

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

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