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Immigration News Today: Border Negotiations Cover Migrants’ Work Permits and Skilled Visas

Nancy Chen

Jan 16, 2024

U.S. Border Patrol ramps up deportations in the early days of the pandemic.

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

Dozens of migrant families booted from NYC shelter as 60-day notices come due:

Many families have to change schools since their new commutes are too long. — The Gothamist

City Hall scrambles to send migrant families from tent shelter to sleep in a school during severe storm:

Almost 2,000 migrants moved from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field to James Madison High to sleep on floors and in chairs in the middle of Tuesday’s storm. — The City

NYC manipulated homeless stats and masked illegal overnight stays at intake office, report finds:

Former NYC social services commissioner, Gary Jenkins, covered up unlawful overnight stays at the city’s intake center for homeless families as migrants arrived, violating state shelter rules. — The Gothamist

Washington D.C.

Trump turns ire on Nikki Haley as she builds momentum:

Trump has shifted his focus to attacking Nikki Haley as she gains momentum in the GOP presidential race, particularly on her immigration stances. — CNN

U.S. lawmakers back in session, working on border security, Ukraine aid:

“I wish that we weren’t conditioning support for Ukraine upon the resolution of the most difficult issue in American politics — immigration reform,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said. — VOA News

The Democrats’ immigration shift:

The Democratic Party has shifted its approach to immigration, moving away from previous support for enforcement measures and causing a surge in illegal immigration. — The New York Times

Senate border talks broaden to include Afghan evacuees, migrant work permits and high-skilled visas:

The three agendas might make it easier for Democrats to support a border deal that, if finalized, would likely include stricter asylum and deportation rules. — CBS News

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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