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Immigration News Today: NYC Issues 1,500 Migrant Families 60-Day Notices to Leave Shelter or Reapply 

Nancy Chen

Nov 16, 2023

Migrants who arrived to New York City on buses from Texas board a City bus to shelter intake from Port Authority on May 2023. 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 

NYC issues 1,500 migrant families 60-day notices to leave shelter or reapply 

Many are concerned about potential disruptions to their children’s stability and education. — The Gothamist

Brooklyn paralegal charged with defrauding immigrants in green card scam

Zoya Shamilova, a former paralegal, charged immigrants fees ranging from some $4,500 to $16,250 without delivering any legal services. — Brooklyn Eagle

Around the U.S.

Mexico “rejects” Texas’ Senate Bill 4 to allow state police to deport undocumented immigrants

Mexico has a right to defend the estimated 10 million people of Mexican origin in Texas and “establish its own immigration policies in its territory,” the statement from Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations says. — Texas Tribune

Cuba blames US sanctions for fomenting irregular migration amid exodus

“For the United States, the priority of destabilizing Cuba continues to take precedence over its interest in protecting its borders in terms of migration,” said Cuban vice foreign minister Carlos Fernandez de Cossio. — Reuters

USCIS Establishes Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

The process is by invitation only for certain Ecuadorian nationals, enabling eligible beneficiaries to be considered for parole into the U.S. on a case-by-case basis while waiting for the availability of their family-based immigrant visas. — USCIS

Advocates scramble to aid homeless migrant families after Massachusetts caps emergency shelter slots

Faced with a limited number of beds in family shelters due to state-imposed caps, migrants now depend on airport lounges, hospital waiting rooms and churches. — ABC News

Washington D.C.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus demands Biden reduce visa backlog in urgent letter

The lawmakers urged Biden to implement reforms including reallocating the spots from unused visas from the past two decades to family and employment-based visas and to expand the use of family-reunification parole for individuals waiting in the backlog. — NBC News

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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