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Immigration News Today: Florida Republicans Beg Immigrant Workers to Not Leave the State

Fisayo Okare

Jun 08, 2023

Haitian and Mexican immigrants work long days on this farm in Upstate, NY. Long sleeves, hats, and scarves protect them from the dangers of the sun, pesticides and bugs. Photo: Arleen Thaler, 2018

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

Court bars Rockland and Orange counties from enforcing unconstitutional immigrant bans:

A federal court found Rockland and Orange Counties’ immigration bans intentionally discriminate against asylum seekers and violate their rights to travel freely within New York State. — New York Civil Liberties Union

Republican lawmakers want accounting of New York’s migrant aid:

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay called for clarification on how state money is being spent to aid New York City with relocating asylum seekers. — Spectrum News 1

Surveyed migrants intend to seek asylum; most haven’t found legal representation:

A survey of 700 migrants in NYC found virtually none have found work authorization or steady employment, and the majority are struggling to afford basic expenses. — Make The Road NY

Adams claimed NYC has been “destroyed by the migrant crisis.” Economics tell a different story:

Mayor Eric Adams is among those portraying asylum seekers as a drain on NYC. But that portrait is misguided, economists and historians say. — THE CITY

Asylum seekers at Queens ‘respite center’ make a choice: stay or go?

Two buses took people from NYC to Albany last week, including some asylum seekers who’d spent weeks in a respite center where services are limited and future placements are uncertain. — City Limits

DHS-contracted security guard accused of raping migrant man at federal building: 

Federal prosecutors said Jimmy Solano-Arias, 42, forced an asylum seeker to perform oral sex on him. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of life in prison. — The New York Times

Around the U.S. 

Florida Republicans begging immigrant labor force to not leave the state:

As immigrants have started to move out of Florida, Republicans are trying to convince immigrants that a new anti-immigrant law is more of a political stand than actual policy. — The New Republic 

As California accuses Florida of flying in migrants, more arrive in Sacramento:

Migrants reportedly carried documents showing their travel was “administered by the Florida Division of Emergency Management” and its contractor. — The New York Times

Opinion — Economists love immigration. Why do so many Americans hate it?

Immigration restrictionists are convinced that immigrants are parasites, and in some books, economists are trying to correct that picture. — The New Yorker

Washington D.C.

Report deems U.S. immigration courts a “dumping ground for systemic immigration failures:”

Experts on the immigration court system detail the immigration system’s systemic problems that have caused and sustained the case backlog, and offer recommendations for reversing it. — Center for Migration Studies

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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