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Immigration News Today: Biden Executive Order Could Separate Families Seeking Asylum at the Border

Nancy Chen

Jun 11, 2024

A migrant couple seeking U.S. asylum walk down a road beside the Rio Grande River.

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Washington D.C.

Biden’s border crackdown could disproportionately affect families:

Biden’s new border policy will expedite deportations for families, representing 40% of border crossers, potentially leading to family separations. — The New York Times

Biden’s asylum restrictions come as many voters disagree with his immigration record:

Critics of his policy say the administration is responding more to Republican critics than addressing the public’s desire for a balanced, well-managed immigration system. — Texas Public Radio

Around the U.S.

Seven charged in smuggling migrants in sweltering secret compartment with little water:

The seven men face state felony charges including human smuggling, engaging in organized criminal activity, operating a stash house and evading arrest. — The Associated Press

Immigration attitudes and the 2024 election:

Almost six-in-ten registered voters say that undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in the country legally. — Pew Research Center

U.S. to close costly Texas immigration detention center and reroute funds:

ICE will close a costly Texas detention center at South Texas Family Residential Center, reallocating funds to increase overall detention capacity amid new U.S. border restrictions and escalating operations. — Reuters

Migrant woman searches for husband who has vanished, a common occurrence as men struggle to find jobs:

During Jessica Juma’s first work week, her husband disappeared, leaving her to navigate challenges alone while searching for him and supporting her family. — Chicago Tribune

New York

Advocates protest Biden’s asylum executive order outside Roosevelt Hotel:

“It’s not possible to say New York City is somehow the greatest city in the world, and say we have to wall it off to certain people,” advocates said. — 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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