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Immigration News Today: Hundreds of Migrants Wait Hours in Freezing NYC for Open Shelter Beds

Nancy Chen

Dec 01, 2023

Migrants outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown, which now serves as an intake center and shelter. Photo: Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio for Documented

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

New York Supreme Court rules in favor of app-based delivery workers to raise their minimum wage to $17.96 an hour:

When taking into account hourly expenses, workers’ actual take-home pay currently amounts to $11.12 per hour with tips and $4.03 per hour without tips. — Documented

Hundreds of migrants wait hours in freezing NYC temps for an open shelter bed:

Migrants said they had waited 12 to 15 hours daily in line to reapply for shelter, and didn’t always make it inside before the reapplication site closes. — Gothamist

NYC to add 2 new asylum application support stations for migrants:

The two new centers are located in Harlem and lower Manhattan, City Hall said. — New York Daily News

Around the U.S. 

DHS continues direct single adult, family unit removal flights: 

DHS has conducted over thirty repatriation flights transporting thousands of individuals back to their country of origin during each of the past two weeks. — The Department of Homeland Security 

They fled climate chaos. Asylum law made decades ago might not help:

Lawyers argue climate change’s impact as an unprecedented approach to asylum claims, as global warming displaces millions. — The New York Times

Critics say Texas immigration bill will lead to racial profiling: 

The Texas law “attempts to set up its own system of deportation … its own system of judges determining who’s allowed to stay and who has to go,” legal scholar Thomas A. Saenz said. — Axios

Washington D.C.

Trump refuses to rule out new migrant family separations, but allies are wary: 

Former Trump officials are concerned about him implementing a new version of the 2018 “zero tolerance” policy, including family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, fearing public backlash. — Reuters

Why Senate Dems are prepared to swallow a border policy compromise:

Senate Democrats consider tougher asylum policies to secure Republican support for aiding Ukraine and Israel. Some see it as addressing a growing migration crisis and mitigating border politics. — POLITICO

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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