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Immigration News Today: Texas Causes Migrant “Chaos”, Chicago Mayor Says

Nancy Chen

Jan 05, 2024

A worker scans the bracelets of migrants who have signed up to take a chartered bus to Denver at Union Depot in El Paso, Wednesday, Oct. 11. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

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

Mayor Adams calls for nearby cities to limit migrant bus arrivals like NYC:

But the city’s efforts have not been able to deter Texas Gov. from sending migrants to NYC. — Gothamist

Around the U.S.

Assessing Republicans’ claims about immigration during border visit:

House Republicans visited the southern border in Texas to push for stricter immigration policies, highlighting the issue as a major political vulnerability for President Biden. — The New York Times

Huge number of migrants highlights border crisis:

Economic and political upheaval and natural disasters have pushed the migrants out of their country, while the strength of U.S. economy has attracted them.  — VOA News

Chicago mayor says Texas governor causing “chaos” with migrant transport:

Democratic mayors in Chicago and Denver criticize Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for sending migrants to their cities without coordination, leading to disorder and stress on city resources. — CBS News

U.S. to reopen border crossings as illegal immigration drops:

The U.S. will reopen a legal border crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas, two in Arizona and another near San Diego, California. — Reuters

Lawmakers push to make it illegal for undocumented Massachusetts license holders to drive in New Hampshire:

The bills include forbidding using out-of-state driver’s licenses issued specifically for undocumented immigrants. — WBUR

Washington D.C.

Johnson heads to border, turning up heat on Biden for an immigration deal:

Senate Republicans and Democrats struggle to agree on border policy changes demanded by the GOP, crucial for securing bipartisan support on emergency spending legislation aiding Ukraine. — The New York Times

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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