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Immigration News Today: NYC To Launch New Migrant Program in Buffalo

Nancy Chen

May 31, 2024

The city of Buffalo, New York. Credit: Kathryn Krawczyk

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

NYC to launch new migrant program in Buffalo. Will more follow?

The $22 million program would help 539 migrants who came to New York City and are currently living in Buffalo hotels to find apartments and jobs and apply for asylum. — Gothamist 

Around the U.S. 

DOL sets up a new website with workers’ rights resources:

Migrantworker.gov has a range of resources, especially labor rights, that aim to answer common questions from migrants in multiple languages.

Legal Texas resident waits 10 months for replacement green card, with no solution:

After someone stole her wallet, Maria Gonzalez may have to wait up to 18 months for a replacement green card, which is keeping her from getting a job. — KENS 5

Asylum-seeking families take cover after Texas National Guard fires pepper balls:

The families, including young children and babies, were waiting to be told they could cross when they were fired on, they say. — Border Report

Most Asian Americans think race shouldn’t be considered in college admissions:

The majority of 1,068 AAPI adults surveyed said it was unfair for colleges to consider an applicant’s race or ethnicity when making admissions decisions, a recent poll found. — Los Angeles Times

Washington D.C.

Some migrants trying to ‘game’ immigration system, Biden official says:

“The reality is that some people do indeed try to game the system. That does not speak to everyone whom we encounter,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. — CBS News

Biden considers temporarily closing the southern border to curb the flow of migrant crossings:

Advocates expect the order would face legal challenges and restrict those who can seek asylum. — PBS News Hour

How will Biden’s new regulation affect asylum?

While Biden’s new asylum rule aims to address the court backlog, advocates are concerned the law will hinder those entitled to asylum from applying for it. — CBS 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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