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Immigration News Today: Bad News for Employers, Immigrants and H-1B Visas if Trump Wins

Nancy Chen

Jan 18, 2024

HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump looks left toward the crowd as he delivers a speech at a "Thank You Tour" rally held at the Giant Center.

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

Pregnant NYC migrants catch a break. They won’t face eviction until their babies turn 6 months old:

“The health and safety of migrants in our care is always a top priority,” City Hall spokesperson Charles Lutvak said in a statement. — The Gothamist

New York, Chicago team up to press feds for migrant-funding flexibility:

New York City Comptroller and Chicago Budget Director call for loosening rules around collecting identification numbers given to migrants when they enter the U.S. — POLITICO

Around the U.S.

(Poll) Immigration debate deeply divides California Democrats:

UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll finds that the majority believe U.S. borders are not secure and unauthorized immigrants create a burden. — Los Angeles Times

Half of Americans agree with Trump’s “poisoning the blood” immigration rhetoric:

This is not just right-wing rhetoric, mind you, but a reflection of some of the most extreme racial politics in modern history. — Washington Post

Washington D.C.

Biden to meet with top congressional leaders on immigration and Ukraine aid:

Congress must pass a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown before money runs out Friday night. — NBC News

Bad news for employers, immigrants and H-1B visas in second Trump term:

A second Trump term would bring new restrictions on legal immigration, affecting employers and likely driving more work and tech talent out of the country. — Forbes

(Opinion) Under Biden, are illegal immigrants safe from deportation once they get past the border?

The Biden administration’s border policies have led to record-breaking illegal border crossings, with a lack of opportunities for legal immigration contributing to the crisis. — The Hill

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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