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Immigration News Today: National Guard Will Search Bags on NYC Subways

Nancy Chen

Mar 08, 2024

A man on the New York City subway wears a surgical mask in an attempt to ward off the coronavirus. Credit: Shuttershock

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

New York will send National Guard to subways after a string of violent crimes:

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced plans Wednesday to send the National Guard to the New York City subway system to help police conduct random searches of riders’ bags for weapons following a series of high-profile crimes on city trains. — AP News

NYC immigration committee demands Adams spend more on migrant legal services, education:

NYC council member Alexa Aviles demanded that Mayor Eric Adams restore immigrant legal and language services, and said he was spending too much on asylum seeker contracts. — New York Daily News

Trump falsely claims migrants are displacing NYC students:

NYC’s public schools have in fact struggled with the opposite problem: too many empty seats. — Chalkbeat

City spending on out-of-town tickets for migrants outweighs immigrant offices’ funding:

Plane and bus tickets totaled $7.6 million, three times the annual budget of the two main offices handling services for the city’s immigrant communities. — City Limits

Around the U.S. 

U.S. companies plead for more immigrants amid tight job market:

U.S. businesses plead for more immigrants to address labor shortages, as the migrant arrivals during the pandemic has not alleviated the shortage, leading to calls for changes. — Bloomberg

Migrants say shelter staff limit hygiene products, and they fear retaliation for speaking out:

Migrants in Chicago shelters report staff limiting hygiene products and retaliating against them for accepting donations, despite the city denying these allegations. — Chicago Tribune

Washington D.C.

Claims Biden administration is secretly flying migrants into the country are unfounded:

The parole policy allows the Biden Administration to admit people “only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.” — ABC News

Biden promised to “absorb” 2 million asylum seekers “in a heartbeat” in 2019. Now he faces an immigration crisis:

Biden’s immigration policies have shifted significantly since his presidential campaign promises, as he now faces a crisis at the US-Mexico border. — CNN

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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