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Immigration News Today: What Federal Asylum Changes Could Actually Mean For Migrants

Nancy Chen

Dec 05, 2023

Hundreds of migrants living in shelters come to an Upper West Side church on Mondays to receive food, clothes and other resources from volunteers. 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

Migrant teens and young adults aren’t getting necessary help, according to shelters:

The city isn’t formally referring younger newcomers to shelters and resources for homeless youth. Even if it did, there are not enough beds to meet demand. — The Gothamist

Venezuelan migrants could soon create New York’s first ‘Little Caracas’:

Venezuelan flags, foods and accents are spreading along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens as thousands arrived in the city. — The New York Times

Around the U.S.

What potential asylum changes could actually mean for migrants:

Potential immigration policy changes could impact migrants seeking temporary housing, prioritizing families with health or safety risks. — POLITICO

Undocumented immigrants in Chicago plead: We need job permits, too:

Longtime undocumented immigrants in Chicago demand job permits after new migrants from Venezuela receive work authorization from President Biden. — Chicago Tribune

For some DACA recipients, leaving U.S. only way to escape legal limbo:

2,000 DACA recipients are estimated to have left the U.S., while over 1,000 are considering leaving. — VOA News

Washington D.C.

Immigration changes will be part of military aid package for Israel and Ukraine, James Lankford predicts:

“We’ve got to actually bring a proposal forward that will actually make that difference, that could actually reform how we handle asylum … from top to bottom,” he said. — ABC News

Democrats need to stand firm on foreign aid and immigration, Rep. Jayapal says:

Rep. Jayapal insists Democrats reject Republicans’ attempt to tie Ukraine aid to immigration changes, calling it outrageous. — 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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