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Immigration News Today: Men From NYC Charged With Visa Fraud Conspiracy

Nancy Chen

Jan 02, 2024

Queens, New York - April 27, 2018: Views of Jackson Heights neighborhood near the 7 train. Photo: Christopher Lee 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

Two New York City men charged with visa fraud conspiracy:

Rambhai Patel and Balwinder Singh staged armed robberies to allow victims to claim U visa. — Department of Justice

NYC will ban vendors from the Brooklyn Bridge starting last Wednesday:

The ban aims to improve pedestrian safety and address unlicensed vending. — The Gothamist

Migrant shelter slated for toxic Gowanus site with fast-track OKs from city agencies:

The Adams administration is fast-tracking approval for a 403-bed migrant shelter in Gowanus toxic area, run by a group new to the shelter business. — The City

Around the U.S.

Texas is sending asylum seekers to major cities by bus with little notice. A coalition of mayors implement new rules to slow the surge:

Mayors of major cities are implementing new rules to coordinate the arrival of asylum seekers bused in from Texas, in an effort to slow the surge of migrants. — CNN

Mexican officials clear border tent camp as U.S. pressure mounts to stem migrant influx:

Desperate to get the rail crossings to the U.S. reopened to manufactured goods, Mexico starts to clear the migrants’ tents in Matamoros. — Spectrum News NY 1

U.S. border officials on track to process over 300,000 migrants in December, the highest monthly tally on record:

A quarter of a million migrants who entered the country illegally have been taken into custody this month by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Mexican border. — CBS News

Washington D.C.

Biden fast-tracks work authorization for migrants who cross legally:

USCIS initiated a pre-registration program in parts of Texas and California, expediting work permit processing for certain migrants via CBP One app appointments. — USA Today

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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