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Immigration News Today: How Much is Texas Spending on Border Security?

Nancy Chen

Apr 03, 2024

El Paso, TX USA December 21, 2022 National Guard troops and Texas State Troopers deployed to the border to deter migrants from crossing.

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.

Around the U.S. 

How much is Texas spending on border security?

Texas allocates nearly $5 billion for border security, but experts argue that immigration benefits the state’s economy significantly. — NBC News

Judge questions U.S. government claim it does not have to feed migrant children:

Reports highlight dire conditions at border sites where asylum seekers await U.S. immigration processing while enduring inadequate shelter, food, water, and sanitation. — The Guardian

Migrants are moved out of two Chicago Park District emergency shelters:

“By the eighth of April, we have to leave everything from the shelter. We still don’t know where they are going to send us,” said a migrant at a George Park temporary shelter. — NBC News 

Volunteer defends helping vulnerable migrants on Arizona’s perilous southern border:

A retired teacher in Arizona risks federal consequences as she helped vulnerable migrants crossing the border, highlighting the challenges faced by volunteers aiding those in distress. — CNN

Washington D.C.

Why Trump’s alarmist message on immigration may be resonating beyond his base:

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, based on falsehoods, is resonating beyond his base, with many Americans disapproving of Biden’s border security handling. — ABC News

New York

NYC delivery workers now make $19 an hour, but many say apps have made tipping harder:

New York City’s food delivery workers receive a minimum hourly wage of $19.56, but many app companies have made tipping harder. — Gothamist

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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