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Immigration News Today: What Biden and Trump Border Visits Say About U.S. Immigration Policy

Nancy Chen

Mar 08, 2024

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Black History Month reception, Monday, February 27, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. Photo: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

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

Over 37,000 migrants applied for asylum and work authorization through city help centers:

Despite the progress, the City Council are concerned about a lack of funding included in the 2025 fiscal preliminary budget. — City & State New York

City Hall officials say NYC has trimmed migrant-related costs by $1.7B through next June:

The savings are attributed to policies like capping most migrants’ stays to 30 or 60 days. — The Gothamist

Migrant families suffering from PTSD find temporary relief from NYC shelter 60-day notices:

Migrant families with children experiencing PTSD are receiving extensions to stay in NYC shelters beyond the 60-day limit, amid criticism and an investigation. — The Gothamist

Around the U.S.

1,300 new citizens sworn in at naturalization ceremony in Pasadena:

Eligible residents in Los Angeles who haven’t registered to vote could do so up to before the polls close on Super Tuesday. — ABC7

Most migrants living in Chicago shelters aren’t eligible to work:

At least 80% of migrants in Chicago shelters are ineligible for work permits, the city’s Department of Family Support Services says. — AXIOS

Washington D.C.

Discontent over immigration and the economy fuel Trump’s Super Tuesday romp:

Both Virginia and North Carolina voters viewed immigration as their number-one issue, followed by the economy, exit polls by Edison Research suggests. — Reuters

What Biden and Trump border visits say about U.S. immigration policy:

Biden and Trump visited the southern U.S. border to discuss immigration policy, highlighting the polarized views on how to deal with the country’s increasing migration. — Boundless Immigration

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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