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Immigration News Today: 24 States Grant Cheaper College Tuition to Immigrants

Dashiell Allen

Aug 18, 2023

Jesús López - a senior at CUNY John Jay College - works a 40 hour-per-week job, in addition to being a full-time student, to pay his school tuition. He is one of the more than 6,000 undocumented students in the CUNY system who does not qualify for financial aid because of his immigration status.

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New York

Neighborhood cop plotted to disrupt Corona vendor rally, complaint alleges:

A Civilian Complaint Review Board complaint alleges a cop told a neighborhood group to disrupt an event planned by Queens vendors to distribute free food and rally for support.  – THE CITY

First-ever Chinatown business hub opens to empower small businesses:

The nonprofit Welcome to Chinatown is opening the storefront on Bowery Street as a pilot through November. It will provide space for local entrepreneurs to collaborate and grow together. – amNY

Faith-based shelter initiative off to slow start amid ongoing capacity crunch:

The initiative is set to provide close to 1,000 beds for migrants at 50 sites, but many are weeks if not months from opening their doors due to compliance issues with state regulations. – City Limits

Across the U.S.

Nearly half of states now allow in-state tuition for immigrant students:

Massachusetts became the 24th state to offer in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants. The policy appears to have some bipartisan support. – New Jersey Monitor

El Paso shelters reaching capacity with migrants:

Organizations providing shelter in the Texas border city say they’re running out of space, and many migrants are lacking the funds necessary to purchase tickets to other parts of the country. – Border Report

US judge won’t block Florida law barring Chinese citizens from owning homes:

A judge appointed by former President Donald Trump would not block the law. It prohibits Chinese citizens without a green card or U.S. citizenship from owning property in the state. It also stops citizens from Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea from owning property near “military installations and infrastructure.” – Reuters

Washington D.C.

Venezuelan and Nicaraguan advocates ask for a new T.P.S. designation: 

Immigrant advocates estimate 500,000 people in the U.S. could benefit from the redesignation, which the White House has the authority to make. – CBS News

Dashiell Allen

Dashiell Allen is a bilingual master's student at the CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, focused on reporting on Latino immigrant communities in New York City. His work has appeared in City Limits, Univisión, and Epicenter-NYC.

@dashiell_allen

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