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Immigration News Today: Around 200 Asylum Seekers Arrive in Albany

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New York

Newly arrived asylum seekers in Albany now total around 200:

The asylum seekers are currently being housed across three separate hotels: the Ramada Inn, the Holiday Inn Express Downtown and the Surestay Plus hotel in Colonie. — Spectrum News 1

Advocates renew push for New York for All Act:

At the Capitol, advocates called on the state legislature to pass New York For All, which would prohibit local law enforcement from asking about people’s immigration status and then coordinating with ICE. — ABC News 10

Former Harlem jail opens to accommodate asylum seekers in NYC:

The eight-story building has been opened to house as many as 500 asylum seekers, and city officials say there are no cells inside. — Eyewitness News ABC 7

Comptroller’s office supports $70 million+ for asylum seeker legal services in city budget:

Advocates have asked for $10 million to scale up pro se legal clinics, and $60 million for providing immigrants legal representation. — Read the full statement and the letter sent to the Adams administration calling for this focused investment

Around the U.S. 

New report shows Baltimore county immigrants’ spending power:

Immigrants in Baltimore County made up 21.2% of business owners, generated $204.4 million in business income, and helped create and preserve over 4,800 jobs in 2019. — American Immigration Council 

‘We Built Walmart, we built 7-Eleven, we built Publix’ — Tampa’s Hispanic community protests Florida’s immigration law:

“We are your roofers! We are your farmers!” shouted protester Nancy Salegio as more than 1,000 people protested Florida’s new immigration law. “We cross the border, but we give our lives to work!” — WFLA News Channel 8

Washington D.C.

CBP investigation shows its staff denied family of late 8-year-old migrant an ambulance repeatedly:

The girl ran a high fever in the early morning of May 16, CBP said, and was prescribed with the flu and given fever reducing drugs, ice packs and a cold shower. — Reuters

CBP medical staff declined to review file of 8-year-old migrant with chronic heart condition, rare blood disorder, before death:

The report relied on interviews with CBP agents and medical personnel to raise new and troubling questions about what went wrong during the girl’s nine days in custody. — The Dallas Morning News

CBP says its medical staff saw 8-year-old migrant 11 times before being taken to hospital:

Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said the agency has taken steps to fix “deficiencies” reflected in the child’s care, including reducing the time migrants spend in custody. — The New York Times 

Border Patrol chief to retire at end of June:

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz became Border Patrol chief in August 2021, and will retire with 32 years of experience in the agency. — CNN

Asylum restrictions justified given “sheer number” of migrants crossing border, top Biden official says:

Blas Nuñez-Neto, DHS’s assistant secretary for border and immigration policy, said levels of unauthorized migration were “dramatically different” when Congress enshrined the right to seek asylum decades ago. — CBS News

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