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Immigration News Today: In Tent Shelter, Illness and Aging Pose Challenges

Fisayo Okare

Feb 01, 2024

The tents at the Floyd Bennett Field migrant shelter. 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

In city’s tent shelter for immigrants, illness and aging pose challenges:

Luis Zambrano, 62, caught a cold in the early days of November. After a month, it developed into pneumonia. He wasn’t the only one falling ill. — CityLimits

Data highlights immigrants’ positive contributions to NY’s economy:

The study of immigrants across NYC, Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley, and Upstate NY models potential first jobs and wages for new immigrants.— Immigration Research Initiative

Hochul approves temporary government jobs for migrants:

The program will drop high school and other requirements to open up jobs to migrants. “Hotel owners and restaurant owners coming to me: ‘Can you send some of the migrants up here? We need them,” Hochul said. — Spectrum News NY 1

Washington D.C.

Senate’s bipartisan immigration, border reform “just not a good bill,” Texas congressman says:

Texas Rep. Roger Williams echoed GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson’s sentiments regarding a bipartisan agreement to let 5,000 asylum seekers cross the border. — CBS News

Analysis — The historically familiar subtext to fears about immigrants to the U.S.:

There is an unquestionable component of race to complaints about how immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of the country, given historical context, an analyst writes. — The Washington Post

Analysis — GOP says no need for new immigration laws. That’s not what it used to say:

This change in rhetoric is attributed to the influence of former President Trump, who sees the border crisis as advantageous for his 2024 campaign. — The Washington Post

USCIS finalizes changes to H-1B visa lottery:The final rule aims to strengthen the integrity of and reduce the potential for fraud in the H-1B registration process. — Read more in the official press release

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

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