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Immigration News Today: U.S. Imposes Sanctions Against Nicaragua Over Migrant Exploitation

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.

Washington D.C.

U.S. announces new sanctions against Nicaragua over migration, human rights abuses, ties to Russia:

The sanctions aim to address “significant concern about the government of Nicaragua and its continued repression of the people of Nicaragua and their exploitation of migrants,” officials said. — CBS News

U.S. issues record number of visas in first half of fiscal year 2024:

Almost 25,000 employment-based immigrant visas were granted, a 75% increase from the same period in FY 2019. — Boundless

New York

Manhattan Council race heats up with entrance of refugee turned migrant advocate:

Nigerian refugee Edafe Okporo, a LGBTQ+ advocate, runs against Shaun Abreu to represent District 7, focusing on immigration and housing affordability. — The Gothamist

Migrants in flux after right-to-shelter repeal:

The 30-day limit in NYC adds stress on people already living in precarity, leaving them without a home. — The Indypendent

Around the U.S.

Chicago woman who helps migrants fights for a chance to stay in the U.S.:

Luisette Kraal, whose religious visa has expired, has become a lifeline for migrants for her volunteer services. — WBEZ

Latino lawmakers urge Biden to extend work permits for undocumented people:

A letter was signed by 150 elected officials to push Biden to extend the permits to Dreamers ineligible for Daca because of their age, undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and long-term undocumented immigrants. — The Guardian

Texas Gov. Abbott expands Del Rio border wall, installs cameras:

Abbott established a mobile modular surveillance system last year and set up some 7,600 cameras along the border through the operation. — NewsNation

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