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Immigration News Today: Who’s Helping Feed New York City’s Migrants?

Nancy Chen

Jan 19, 2024

Hundreds of migrants living in shelters come to an Upper West Side church on Mondays to receive food, clothes and other resources from volunteers. Photo: Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio 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

Migrant costs help push New York state budget to $233 billion: 

New York’s $233 billion budget includes $2.4 billion to address the migrant crisis, and Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed changes to education policy and cannabis taxation. — The New York Times 

Who’s helping feed the city’s migrants?

Beatrice Ajaero runs the West African takeout shop “Nneji” in Astoria, and is working to feed asylum seekers and expand food access — Grub Street

Report says NYC would reap millions by lifting cap on vendor permits: 

The report estimated that if the city granted an additional 16,696 street vending permits, it would generate $13.4 million in increased revenue. — Gothamist

Chi Ossé, Tiffany Cabán and Shahana Hanif lose committee chair positions in City Council shakeup:

Councilmember Hanif will be removed as chair of the Committee on Immigration. While she won’t chair another committee, she will co-chair the Taskforce to Combat Hate. — City & State New York

Around the U.S. 

Record migrant arrivals in the U.S. could bolster Maryland’s economy: 

Immigrants make up a fifth of Maryland’s labor force, and could help fill workforce gaps in the state. — CBS News

ID cards for undocumented immigrants targeted in Florida : 

A Florida Senate committee approved a bill to prevent cities and counties from accepting identification cards issued to undocumented immigrants, sparking debate. — CBS News

Washington D.C.

Johnson: Now is not “the time for comprehensive immigration reform”:

House Speaker Mike Johnson instead emphasized securing the border and expressed skepticism about a Senate deal pairing migration policy changes with Ukraine aid. — The Hill

Johnson navigates shutdown and immigration:

Johnson faces dilemmas in keeping the government funded and responding to a potential Senate deal that would toughen immigration laws. — NBC News

Fisayo Okare contributed to this summary.

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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