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Immigration News Today: State Bill Looks to Repeal NYC’s “Cruel” Shelter Limits

Nancy Chen

Feb 14, 2024

Asylum seekers looking for shelter wait outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown. Many had to sleep on the street for days. Photo: Dashiell Allen 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

State bill looks to repeal NYC’s 30- and 60-day shelter limits:

Assembly member Catalina Cruz and State Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal introduced the bill and called the shelter limits as “cruel” and disruptive for children’s schooling. — City Limits

Immigration could decide Long Island special election:

Republicans are using immigration as a key issue in New York’s upcoming special election on Long Island, with both candidates making border security a central focus. — New York Magazine 

Immigration heats up New York special election, testing Democrats’ tougher talk:

Republican candidate Mazi Pilip targets migrants as a threat in NY’s 3rd District race, while Democrat Tom Suozzi says he takes no issue with calling the migrant surge an “invasion.” — Washington Post

Around the U.S. 

(Opinion) Many Americans believe migrants bring fentanyl across the border. That’s wrong and dangerous:

Misinformation linking migrants to the drug is fueling violence and fear, two misinformation and hate speech experts write. — Los Angeles Times

Washington D.C.

Biden is boxed in on all sides on immigration:

Both the left and the right criticize Biden for his mistreatment of migrants and ineffective handling of their arrivals, respectively. — Axios

12 charts comparing U.S. border security under Trump and Biden:

The charts compare the two presidents on illegal border crossings, deportations, immigration court backlogs and other border statistics. — Washington Post

McConnell’s GOP critics grow louder as party descends into feud over Ukraine and immigration:

Amid a heated immigration debate within Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s party, some have become more vocal in opposing him. — CNN

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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