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Immigration News Today: On Immigration Reform, U.S. Has Accomplished Next To Nothing In Decades

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.

On immigration reform, U.S. has accomplished next to nothing in decades:

Despite numerous attempts, the U.S. has made no progress on immigration reform in years, and most policies are coming in the form of executive orders. — VOA News

Bipartisan group pushes for solutions for longtime undocumented immigrants:

Advocates urge the Biden administration to protect 3 million undocumented immigrants, including 1 million spouses of U.S. citizens, before the presidential election. — KERA

U.S. courts El Salvador’s president as migration overtakes democracy concerns:

After snubbing El Salvador’s President Bukele in 2021, the Biden administration is now courting him due to his successful anti-gang policies reducing migration. — VOA News

Around the U.S. 

A Ukrainian refugee’s story on the trauma of war: After fleeing the war in Ukraine, Ana lives paycheck to paycheck in Illinois. Amid the lasting trauma from the Russian invasion — and the heartbreak of leaving family behind — she longs to return home. — Borderless

California governor criticized for proposal to eliminate health benefit for some disabled immigrants:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to cut in-home services for undocumented disabled people to address a $45 billion deficit, sparking backlash. — The Associated Press 

Immigration courts issuing more wrist-worn GPS devices to track asylum seekers:

The number of people wearing wrist-worn GPS devices grew from 50 to nearly 3,000 in a year, reflecting a new tracking trend in South Texas courts. — Border Report

Where unaccompanied migrant children have gone, mapped:

Houston, Los Angeles and Dallas received the largest shares of the over 550,000 unaccompanied migrant children who arrived in U.S. cities between 2015 and 2023. — Axios

New York

Number of unrepresented people in NYC immigration courts marks 18-year high: 

More immigrants went unrepresented in 2023 than the previous 5 years combined, according to analysis by Mobile Pathways. — Documented

NYCLU applauds ruling giving detained immigrants their day in court:

This decision will help ensure that our immigration system upholds noncitizens’ civil rights and that they are not wrongfully detained, the NYCLU says. Press Release

This interactive NYC public bathroom map also features 46 new restrooms coming to the boroughs:

The five-year project includes installing 46 new bathrooms and renovating 36 existing public restrooms across the city, together with launching a new Google Maps system showing users the nearest toilet’s location. — TimeOut

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