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Immigration News Today: Curtis Sliwa Arrested at Anti-Migrant Protest in Queens

Hundreds rallied against an emergency shelter at Queens' Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and 13 people, including Curtis Sliwa, were arrested.

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New York

Hundreds rally against emergency shelter at Queens’ Creedmoor Psychiatric Center: 

Thirteen people, including former NYC mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, were arrested during the protest. City Hall spokesman Fabian Levy said, “It’s a question of: Do you want people sleeping on the street, or do you want people sleeping on a cot?” – Gothamist

Scathing letter reveals tension among New York Democrats over migrant crisis:

A lawyer for New York Governor Kathy Hochul sent a letter faulting the City for not taking up offers to use State-run facilities as shelters and not prioritizing helping migrants fill out work authorization paperwork. – The New York Times

NYC seeks State approval to issue 60-Day shelter limit to more asylum seekers:

In a letter the NYC government requested permission to limit the stays of single adult migrants to 60-days at shelters run by the Department of Homeless Services. The limit would not apply to long-time homeless New Yorkers. – City Limits

This Harlem community center is powered by asylum seekers for asylum seekers:

Afrikana is an almost entirely volunteer-run community center that provides assistance to recently-arrived asylum seekers, a majority of whom are from African countries. – Chalkbeat

Around the U.S.

Trump officials hatched the idea for the Rio Grande buoys:

Three former officials from Donald Trumps’ administration said the buoys were first considered in early 2020, and could be a precursor for policies if Trump were to be elected president again.  – NBC News

Washington D.C.

Government’s own experts found ‘barbaric’ and ‘negligent’ conditions in ICE detention:

Reports written by experts for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties between 2017 and 2019 include descriptions of “unsafe and filthy conditions, racist abuse of detainees” and more. – NPR

The White House told Russians to flee here instead of fighting Ukraine. Then the U.S. tried to deport them: The United States has deported close to 190 Russians since last October–almost three times as many as in the previous year.  – Los Angeles Times

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