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Immigration News Today: Immigration Surpasses Inflation as Top Voter Concern

Nancy Chen

Jan 25, 2024

Federal Plaza building, home to one of New York's immigration courts.

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

Immigration advocates rally at NYS Capitol:

In Albany, immigration advocates urged the government to pass bills like the Access to Representation Act, ensuring all immigrants have a right to council in immigration court. — News 10

New York City official promotes migrant benefits as mayor warns of crisis:

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander promotes the benefits of immigration, emphasizing economic and social advantages. — Newsweek

A new Gandhi statue rises in Queens where another was destroyed:

The new one is “bigger, better [and] nicer,” said Romeo Hitlall, president of the United American Hindu Leadership Council. — The Gothamist

Around the U.S.

(Poll) Immigration overtakes inflation as top voter concern:

Immigration surpasses inflation as the top concern for voters, with 35% listing it as their paramount concern, reflecting a shift in political focus. — The Hill

Nine US governors call for action on immigration reform:

The letter urges the Congressional leaders to make “a serious commitment” to improving a national immigration system that is “outdated and unprepared to respond” to huge number of migrant arrivals. — VOA News

Washington D.C.

USCIS updates guidance on untimely filed extension of stay and change of status requests:

USCIS may excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances. — USCIS

(Opinion) What has Biden gotten right and wrong on immigration?

The Biden administration has undertaken more than 530 executive actions on immigration, leading to a reversal of Trump-era restrictions and an expansion of legal pathways for immigrants. — Boston Globe

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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