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Immigration News Today: White House Gives Authorities Access To Classified Information About Migrants

Nancy Chen

May 30, 2024

Migrants working at the construction site in Brooklyn, where many said Giron recruited them to come work. Photo: Courtesy of Manuel Santiago Rengifo Pinargote

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.

Biden administration tries to plug loophole that released migrant linked to terrorism into the U.S.:

The Biden administration gives immigration judges and asylum officers more access to classified information to help them identify migrants that might have ties to terrorism or threaten public safety. — NBC News

How the 1924 Immigration Act changed the course of history:

The 1924 Immigration Act passed a hundred years ago this week introduced quotas based on race and nationality, restricting non-Anglo-Saxon immigrants. Its legacy echoes in today’s immigration debates. — NPR

Democrats grapple with the right way to talk about Biden’s immigration policies:

Democrats are divided over prioritizing border security to attract broader voters versus emphasizing pro-immigrant policies and work permits to differentiate from Republicans. — CNN

Around the U.S.

Sheriff: Border wall about national security, not politics:

New video shows border agents intercepting migrants climbing the border wall in El Paso, highlighting ongoing tensions and calls for more barriers amidst steady unauthorized crossings. — NewsNation

Los Angeles’ suburban Chinatown grows with new waves of immigrants:

Mainland Chinese immigrants join those from Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Southeast Asia in LA’s Chinatown and have expanded to the suburbs. — VOA News

New York

Former DACA recipient details experience with immigration program:

DACA has benefited many students entering the country undocumented by providing work authorization and protection from deportation, but ongoing legal battles and application pauses leave some without the same opportunities. — Spectrum News

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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