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Immigration News Today: NYC Steps Closer to an Accurate Shelter Census

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New York

City officials seeking private contractors to take over management of migrant shelters:

New York City officials are seeking to offload emergency migrant shelters overseen by Health and Hospitals to subcontractors, according to a request for proposals published on Monday. – THE CITY

As homeless population booms, NYC steps closer to an accurate shelter census:

A new city report aggregates the number of people staying in the city’s five homeless shelter systems. As of July 19 the city had 105,800 people in its care, including asylum seekers and long-term residents. – City Limits

Grubhub and JOCO’s e-bike charging hub violates electric codes, city inspectors find

Officials from the fire and buildings department found five dozen lithium-ion batteries not authorized for use in the U.S. at the facility, which is used by delivery workers to charge their bikes. – THE CITY

Around the U.S.

Some migrant farmworkers in California to get free legal help with immigration:

In a $4.5 million pilot program, the state will pay the legal expenses of undocumented farm workers involved in state wage theft investigations. – KQED

Indigenous groups say they are left out of US immigration debate:

In a letter to the Biden administration, advocacy groups said the asylum cases of Indigenous migrants should be given greater priority, due to the discrimination they say they face when traveling through Latin America. – Al Jazeera

Fifth bus of asylum seekers arrives in Los Angeles from Texas: 

The bus–the fifth since June 14–was carrying 44 people, including 14 children. Most migrants were united with family, according to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. – The Guardian

‘The Best Possible Experiences’ captures immigrant experience through short stories

Nishanth Injam, who immigrated to the U.S. from India, details the ups and downs of arriving in the United States, in a collection of short stories. – NPR

Harris slams ‘extremists’ on immigration: ‘Inhumane, outrageous and un-American’:

The Vice President decried the “extremist” immigration policies of Republicans, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent law threatening undocumented immigrants, while speaking at the annual gathering of the country’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, UnidosUS. – NBC News  

Washington D.C. 

Justice Department sues to force Texas to remove floating barriers in Rio Grande

The lawsuit alleges the state’s barriers are a violation of federal law requiring any construction in U.S. water to have prior approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. – CNN Politics

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