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Immigration News Today: Gov. Hochul Welcomes Possible Biden Executive Action on Immigration

Nancy Chen

Feb 26, 2024

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul makes an announcement.

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New York

Gov. Hochul welcomes possible Biden executive action on immigration: 

Hochul criticized congressional Republicans and said it was “very pathetic” that President Biden must turn to executive orders instead. — Spectrum News

Stark disparities for minority- and women-owned businesses in city contracts: 

Only 5.3% of the city’s some $40 billion annual contract spending went to minority- and women-owned businesses in FY2023. — Little Africa News

Comptroller Lander sues subway cleaning contractors for millions in alleged wage theft: 

The two contractors, Fleetwash and Ln Pro, were accused of stealing wages from cleaners worth $2.5 million. — amNY

Around the U.S. 

U.S. sponsors for unaccompanied migrant children not properly screened, federal watchdog says: 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has released children to sponsors who have forced them to work in dangerous jobs violating child labor laws, the Office of Inspector General found. — Los Angeles Daily News

Fewer migrants are crossing into Texas and Gov. Abbott is claiming credit: 

Undocumented border crossings into the U.S. have fallen 50% since December, with Texas seeing a faster decline as migrants head to Arizona or California. — Washington Post

Washington D.C.

Biden faces criticism from Republicans, progressives for weighing executive action on asylum: 

President Biden may forbid migrants from seeking asylum if they made an unauthorized cross into the U.S. between ports of entry. — ABC News

Biden tries to flip the politics of immigration:

Biden’s plan of restricting asylum claims may booster his re-election campaign, but represents a drastic reversal in U.S. political history. — The New York Times

Biden executive actions on border would face steep legal, political hurdles:

“Democrats cannot continue to take pages out of Donald Trump and Stephen Miller’s playbook — we need to lead with dignity and humanity,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, (D., Wash.) said. — Wall Street Journal

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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