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Immigration News Today: Immigrants Less Likely to Commit Crimes Than U.S.-Born Americans

Nancy Chen

Mar 11, 2024

Asylum seekers looking for shelter wait outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown. Many had to sleep on the street for days. Photo: Dashiell Allen for Documented

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

USCIS is increasing Green Card application fees by thousands of dollars. How to prepare:

An overview to help you understand the revised immigration application fee schedule and its impact on you. — Documented

As more people turn to collecting bottles and cans, NY lawmakers push doubling refunds:

Over 60% out of the 250 canners surveyed were immigrants, 86% were housed and most were renters. — The Gothamist

Around the U.S. 

Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than U.S.-born Americans, studies find:

Immigrants are 60% less likely to be incarcerated than U.S.-born people since the 1960s, Stanford University economist found. — WLIW 

The costly journey to the southern border:

Migrants undergo costly and dangerous journeys to the U.S. southern border, facing violence, corruption, and financial struggles once they arrive. — News Nation

Washington D.C.

Judge rejects Texas lawsuit against immigration policy central to Biden’s border strategy:

U.S. District Court Judge ruled that Texas lacked legal standing to sue over the migrant sponsorship policy as it had failed to show it had “suffered an injury” resulted from the program. — CBS New

Address showed Biden seeking tricky balance on immigration:

President Biden’s State of the Union address highlighted his efforts to address immigration issues, aiming to be tough on the border without demonizing immigrants. — The New York Times

Biden regrets using “illegal” to describe immigrant in speech:

Biden expresses regret for using the term “illegal” to describe an immigrant during his State of the Union address, acknowledging that it should be “undocumented” instead. — Reuters

Killing of Laken Riley is now front and center of U.S. immigration debate and 2024 presidential race:

Riley, killed by an undocumented immigrant, has become the face of immigration reform for conservatives. — The Associated Press 

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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