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Immigration News Today: 31 Migrants Crammed Into a Small House in New City

Nancy Chen

Sep 20, 2023

Migrants camp outside the Watson hotel at 440 W. 57th street. Photo: Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

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

Need immigration papers? Try your luck at Manhattan’s overwhelmed federal building

The ICE Federal Plaza office can serve 600 people a day, and denies entry to all the others in line once at capacity, leaving those with appointments and looming asylum deadlines at risk. — THE CITY

With Washington deadlocked, Albany faces pressure to do more on migrants

New York State lawmakers postpone return to Albany to address legislation related to migrants arriving in New York City, as the city continues to grapple with the challenge of providing shelter and assistance for them. — The Gothamist

31 migrants found living under dangerous conditions inside small house in New City

“Children residing in the garage, in the attic, in the unfinished basement,” said Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. “The electrical, totally overloaded.” — CBS News

Washington D.C.

U.S. announces an 18-month extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans

Homeland Security officials estimate that around 242,700 Venezuelans are currently covered by TPS and that some 472,000 more people will now be eligible for work permits. — NPR

Around the U.S.

SpaceX says US case alleging anti-immigrant bias is unconstitutional

SpaceX argues that the U.S. DOJ administrative judges who hear cases involving employment bias are not properly appointed, and that keeping the case out of court deprives SpaceX of its constitutional right to a jury trial. — Reuters

Border communities see uptick in migrant arrivals in recent weeks

Some local officials along the southern border raise concerns about Border Patrol’s uncoordinated releases of migrants and logistical challenges. — ABC News

Mexican firm stops sending freight trains north to U.S. border as ‘unprecedented’ number of migrants hitch rides

Faced with recent migrant deaths and injuries while hitching rides on its freight trains, Mexican transport company Ferromex would temporarily suspend 60 trains heading towards the U.S. border for the first time ever. — NBC News

Los Angeles Navigates Migrant Arrival Without Emergency as Other U.S. Cities Struggle

L.A.’s changing migration patterns and established immigrant communities allow the city to build an efficient support network for the migrants. — The New York Times

Nancy Chen

Hongyu (Nancy) Chen is a Chinese-English bilingual reporter who graduated from Columbia Journalism School. She writes about immigrant communities and older adults in New York City. She also specializes in documentary filmmaking. Prior to Columbia, she studied International Relations at the Australian National University.

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