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Immigration News Today: 72 Migrant Tenants Discovered in Queens Basement

Fisayo Okare

Feb 28, 2024

Credit: Ben Fractenberg

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

Shelter evictions turn migrants’ lives into interminable loops:

Life in New York has, so far, been exhausting and dispiriting for many migrants who were recently waiting for new shelter placements at St. Brigid church. — Curbed

Man housing migrants in a commercial basement said he was trying to serve fellow immigrants:

FDNY inspectors discovered a “dangerous living condition” with about 40 beds on the ground floor when responding to a separate complaint. — Gothamist

Why a plan to relocate NYC migrant families is struggling:

Local opposition to the program, a shortage of affordable housing, and migrants’ hesitancy to leave the city are challenging its success. — The New York Times

Why New York’s plan to give migrants debit cards came under fire:

A pilot program in New York City to give migrant families debit cards to buy food became an easy target for right-wing critics. Here’s a quick explainer. — The New York Times

Advocates condemn Adams’ attempts “to demonize” immigrant communities:

“Claims that new arrivals, who have come to this country seeking safety and a fair shot, have driven a rise in crime are false,” said Zachary Ahmad, senior policy counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union. — Immigrant Defense Project

Washington D.C.

Republicans call for immigration crackdown after college student’s death:

Republicans are using the recent murder of 22-year-old Laken Hope Riley to push the claim that immigrants are criminals, and for stricter immigration rules.  — Politico

Biden’s immigration silver lining:

Immigrants are coming to the rescue of employers struggling with a historically tight labor market, and their arrival helps lower inflation.  — Axios

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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