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Immigration News Today: California Threatens to Cut Safety Net for Undocumented Immigrants

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

Hochul announces federal measures to protect undocumented workers during labor investigations:

The protections are meant to make undocumented workers more willing to report bad business practices and reduce threats of retaliation from their employers. — Spectrum News NY 1

Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana sends students to NYC to teach classes to Spanish speakers:

The students teach CREA classes, which offer formal schooling to Spanish-speaking adults and have seen enrollment spike. — Latino Rebels

Around the U.S. 

Immigrant advocates announce federal lawsuit against Florida’s anti-migrant law:

Five organizations are challenging the SB1718 law in a federal lawsuit and seeking an injunction to stop the implementation of Section 10 of the legislation. — CBS News

The global migration wave of the 21st century has little precedent:

The share of the population that is foreign-born is at or near its highest level on record in Oceania, North America, and Europe, where immigration issues have fueled the rise of far-right nationalist parties. — The New York Times 

California’s budget realities threaten to end its safety net for undocumented immigrants:

An unemployment program for workers failed to gain funding in the state budget, as critics argue that further expanding services to undocumented immigrants is financially unsustainable. — CalMatters 

ACLU, New Mexico continues advocacy for closure of Torrance County Detention Facility, immigrants rights:

The ACLU has continued its push for ICE to end its contract with the private prison company CoreCivic, as it pays almost $2 million a month to detain people. — Read more

Washington D.C.

ICE detainers have reduced under Biden:

Data shows ICE requests to hold jailed undocumented migrants for possible deportation has halved from around 10,000 a month at the end of Trump’s administration. — WFIN

Growing U-visa backlog leads to long wait times for immigrant victims of crime: 

Around 325,000 people are on the U-visa backlog as of Q2 2023, but USCIS only grants 10,000 visas per year. — Austin Kocher on Substack

Ottawa plans to offer anyone in the U.S. on an H-1B visa permanent residency in Canada:

Starting July 16, 2023, U.S.-based H-1B workers and their immediate family members will be able to apply for open Canadian work permits of up to three years. — Forbes

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