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Immigration News Today: Hundreds Protest in Florida to Denounce Immigration Law

Fisayo Okare

May 31, 2023

Rally in Brooklyn protesting the government's zero tolerance policy.

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

New York Disaster Interfaith Services is leading a potential two-year contract to house migrants in religious sites: Asylum seekers will be housed in sites run by 50 houses of worship across the five boroughs. — City Limits

Diwali may become school holiday in New York and across the U.S.: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he expects a bill to pass that designates Diwali and Lunar New Year as school holidays. — Chalkbeat

Around the U.S. 

Immigrant seeks return to U.S. after scam led to his deportation: The immigrant’s attorney had lied when telling him his visa was approved, and reportedly misled more than 100 other purported clients. — The Guardian

More than a quarter of DACA recipients are uninsured, new study finds: New data from the National Immigration Law Center indicates that 27% of DACA recipients reported they’re not covered by health insurance or other health care plans. — NBC News 

SNAP benefits could be extended for another two years in California: A new budget plan in California aims to make some undocumented immigrants over the age of 55 eligible to receive food stamps. — Nation World News

Advocates rally in L.A. asking Newsom to sign Safety Net for All Workers:

Advocates want California’s budget to provide temporary wage replacements for undocumented workers who have lost their jobs. — ABC 7 Eyewitness News 

Hundreds “March for Unity” in Florida to denounce new immigration law: WeCount! and a coalition of faith leaders, community-based organizations, and immigrant families gathered in Homestead to denounce Florida’s new law. — NBC 6 South Florida

California man accused of posing as ICE officer, taking over $200,000 from undocumented immigrants: Davyd George Brand Jimenez, 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury for defrauding at least 25 victims, and is facing 25 counts ranging from impersonating a federal officer to mail fraud. — The San Diego Union-Tribune 

Washington D.C.

Ex-Trump advisor Bannon’s trial over border wall scheme set for May 27, 2024: New York prosecutors accuse Bannon of defrauding donors who contributed more than $15 million to the “We Build the Wall” fundraising drive. Bannon has pleaded not guilty. — Reuters

Asylum seekers face long waits, anguish at U.S. border: Vulnerable immigrants could previously ask border officials to prioritize them for asylum, but now many are being turned away. — PBS News Hour

Opinion — Want lower food prices? Ease the crackdown on immigration: Most American-born workers won’t do agricultural work, given how hot, buggy, chemical-laden, physically grueling and low-paying it is, a columnist writes. — Bloomberg (Paywall), The Washington Post

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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