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Immigration News Today: Trump Repeats NYPD Head’s Unproven Claims of “Migrant Crime Wave”

Nancy Chen

Feb 21, 2024

Manhattan, New York - May 6, 2018: Views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Chinatown in Manhattan. Photo: Christopher Lee for Documented.

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New York

NYPD head made unproven claims about a ‘migrant crime wave.’ Then Trump repeated them:

“These are the types of words that will embolden vigilantes and others to harm vulnerable newcomers,” said Murad Awawdeh, executive director of New York Immigration Coalition. — Gothamist

Around the U.S. 

Has Texas busing of migrants led to more crime in destination cities?

Despite recent media coverage, data doesn’t show a link between crime and the recent migrant arrivals. — The Marshall Project

Texas will build camp for National Guard members in border city:

The Eagle Pass camp on the border will fit 1,800 National Guard members, with the first phase of construction expected to be completed by April. — Associated Press

Caravan calling for a pathway to citizenship ends in Sacramento:

Advocates in Sacramento marched for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, highlighting the need for immigration reform. — CBS News

A family ranch swallowed up in the madness of the border:

The Chilton family’s Arizona ranch is a major corridor for undocumented immigration, leading to increased danger of cartel wars and desperation as the border crisis worsens. — The New York Times

Washington D.C.

U.S. deals with immigration attorney shortage as cases continue to rise:

“Lawyers don’t want to do this because we, the system, is broken. It’s impossible to help people. It’s impossible to get legal status for people,” immigration attorney Mana Yegani said. — ABC News

Biden’s rightward shift on immigration angers advocates. But it’s resonating with many Democrats:

President Biden promised to undo President Trump’s immigration agenda, but still backed a Senate proposal that would have set daily limits on border crossings. — The Associated Press

(Opinion) Something’s fishy about the “migrant crisis”:

A columnist points out local and the federal governments aren’t coordinating on migrant arrivals, with Texas’ busing program adding more complications. — The Atlantic

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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