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Immigration News Today: Border Takes Center Stage in New York Race for Congress

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 takes center stage in New York race for Congress:

Candidates looking to represent a Long Island district focus on immigration in a close race, reflecting broader GOP strategy and national trends.  — The Wall Street Journal

Little evidence justifies “migrant crime wave”:

Murad Awawdah, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, labeled the recent narrative of a “migrant crime wave” as “scapegoating.” — New York Daily News

Shelter policy disproportionately evicts African migrants:

Despite not being the most populous groups in shelters, Mauritanian and Senegalese migrants were the most likely to receive eviction notices. — New York Focus

Around the U.S. 

Texas immigration advocates call on Abbott to stop controversial border bill:

Immigration advocates dressed as Luchadores called on Gov. Greg Abbott to stop a bill that would let state law enforcement arrest and remove migrants. — KVUE

Washington D.C.

U.S. immigration case backlog cut for first time in decade:

USCIS received 10.9 million filings and completed over 10 million pending cases in fiscal year 2023, reducing overall backlogs by 15%. — News Nation

Afghan special migration to U.S. hits record high:

The U.S. granted a record 26,500 Special Immigrant Visas to Afghans in 2023, more than double the previous year’s total. — VOA News

(Opinion) Immigrants do work that might not otherwise get done, bolstering economy:

A professor compiled data that shows immigrants are more likely to be active in the workforce and mitigate the labor shortage in professions like health aides. — The Conversation

(Opinion) Immigration surge is $7 trillion gift to the economy:

A columnist notes an increase in working-age immigrants has had a positive impact on economic growth. — Washington Post

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