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Immigration News Today: Border Officials Launch Pepper Spray at Migrants as Crowd Control

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

NY attorney general declines to represent Gov. Hochul in right-to-shelter case:

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Kathy Hochul appear to be on opposite sides of the right-to-shelter law. — The New York Times

New York rights groups call for fast-track work permits for asylum seekers:

Unions and human rights advocates are calling on Biden admin. to fast-track work permits for migrants, whose employment could help alleviate strain on social services. — The Guardian 

Two illuminating quotes from Mayor Adams and Deputy Mayor Williams-Isom’s addresses: 

The migrant crisis is a global quandary set off by converging unaddressed issues, but it isn’t acomparable to the 9/11 or Covid crises as Adams mentioned. — Felipe De La Hoz writes in Epicenter-NYC’s Newsletter

Around the U.S. 

Virginia company charged with trafficking Central American children, forcing them to work at commercial laundry overnight:

A teenage victim told investigators that for a two-year period from the ages of 14-16 years old, they were forced to work 11-hour overnight shifts before attending their high school classes. — The Virginian-Pilot

Border officials fire pepper balls at migrants on a railroad bridge in South El Paso:

CBP officers fired until the crowd of 1,000 migrants dispersed back to Mexico. Advocates say federal officials used “disproportionate” force against asylum-seekers. — Border Report

Surge of neurotrauma from raised border walls:

Scientists have seen potentially devastating blunt cerebrovascular injuries among migrants who’ve fallen while climbing border walls. — World Neurosurgery 

U visa backlog leaves many Minnesota immigrants in limbo:

Lenore Millibergity, an attorney with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, speaks to MPR News host Cathy Wurzer about delays in getting work permits and U visas for immigrant victims of crime in Minnesota. — MPR News

Washington D.C.

U.S and Iran reach deal to win freedom of five Americans detained in Iran:
The prisoners are now in house arrest. They will be released to the U.S. in exchange for Iranian prisoners and $6 billion in Iranian oil revenue. — The New York Times

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