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Immigration News Today: Feeling Unwanted in NYC, Many Migrants are Leaving

Nancy Chen

Dec 13, 2023

Migrants board buses headed to the humanitarian relief center in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 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

Churches, synagogues, mosques could help NYC shelter migrants:

A struggling city initiative to house migrants in religious institutions is getting a reboot, with negotiations progressing on compromises to make more institutions eligible. — The Gothamist

Feeling unwanted in NYC, many migrants are leaving:

Migrants are leaving due to limited shelter stays and difficulties finding work, with some receiving free tickets to leave. — New York Daily News

Around the U.S. 

Remote border crossing in Arizona becomes latest hot spot for migrant smugglers:

Migrants are from countries as far away as Senegal, Bangladesh and China, prompting the Border Patrol to seek help from other federal agencies. — NBC New York

(Editorial) Congress should seize this rare chance at comprehensive immigration reform:

By dispatching migrants to Democratic-run cities, an editorial board says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offers a rare chance for bipartisan progress on the asylum system. — Chicago Tribune

Washington D.C.

Zelenskyy to plead for help in U.S. visit as Republicans remain skeptical:

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been invited to meetings at the White House and in Congress as many Republicans express doubts about continuing aid to Ukraine. — Reuters

A big moment for elusive immigration reform:

President Biden’s potential immigration deal faces partisan concerns, diverse demands, and limited time before holidays. — The Washington Post

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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