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Immigration News Today: Denver Struggles to Care for 40,000 Migrant Arrivals

Nancy Chen

Jan 29, 2024

Migrants waited outside the St. Brigid reticketing center on Jan. 16 as temperatures dropped below freezing. 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

Brooklyn’s Chinese American donors question what became of Sunset Park Arch as Adams boosts similar Manhattan project:

Fundraising for an ornamental archway in Sunset Park has been underway for years, with little progress. Now, as Adams moves forward a Manhattan plan, some donors are demanding transparency about where their money went. — Documented, in collaboration with THE CITY

Queens College, NYPD investigate Muslim Student Association’s Instagram post:

Queens College said it has opened an NYPD investigation into its Muslim Student Association after the student group questioned unverified claims about the war in Gaza. — Documented

GOP seizes on illegal immigration as an issue in New York special election:

“Tom Suozzi rolled out the red carpet for illegal immigrants,” says a narrator in an attack ad against the Republican running to represent part of Long Island. — NBC News

With beds scarce and winter bearing down, a tent camp grows outside NYC’s largest migrant shelter:

Security concerns and limited facilities contribute to challenges of accommodating the migrants using unsanctioned camps. — The Associated Press

Around the U.S. 

U.S. court skeptical of Florida challenge to Biden “catch and release” border policy:

Two judges argued Florida had not shown the “catch and release” policy had a direct impact on the state’s costs in providing social services. — Reuters

Inside the deteriorating conditions forcing South American migrants to flee north from country to country:

South American migrants are fleeing extreme poverty, racism, and violence, with millions leaving Venezuela due to economic decline and political unrest. — ABC News

A city of 710,000 struggles to cope with 40,000 migrant arrivals:

Denver will start limiting the time migrants can stay in shelters and sending those exceeding their stay out onto the streets from Feb. 5. — NBC News

Washington D.C.

(Opinion) Joe Biden is facing a lose-lose situation at the border:

President Biden is facing a difficult situation at the border, with pressure to address immigration reform potentially impacting his re-election chances. — MSNBC

Biden pledge to shut down border points to policy shortfalls:

President Biden announced that he will “shut down” the southern borders because of the overwhelming surge of illegal crossings. — Washington Post

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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