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Immigration News Today: Immigrants React to Biden’s Parole in Place Expansion

Nancy Chen

Jun 21, 2024

WASHINGTON DC - CIRCA AUGUST 2019: ICE Immigration Customs Enforcement

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.

Some immigrant families celebrate Biden’s citizenship move, while some are left out:

Those who have not lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years as of the announcement date and those currently residing outside the country are left out from Biden’s plan. — ABC News

Half a million immigrants could eventually get citizenship under Biden plan:

President Biden recently expanded the parole in place program to include certain undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens., potentially impacting up to half a million people. — Documented

Around the U.S. 

ICE’s SmartLINK app tracks migrants by the thousands. Does it work?

“I had to carry the phone everywhere I went… With the phone, I felt like I was a fugitive you see on the news. I felt like a criminal,” a Venezuelan migrant said of the app that’s an alternative to detention. — CBS News

Texas National Guard shoots pepper balls to deter migrants at the border:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is escalating his Operation Lone Star, and migrants have reported Nation Guard members shooting them with pepper balls, causing injuries. — El Paso Times

Texas judge to decide if US-Mexico border shelter helping migrants can remain open:

The shelter was accused of encouraging migrants to enter the country illegally and hiding them from law enforcement. — CBS News

New York

New Yorkers praise Biden’s new immigration program:

“It would mean we would not have to fear deportation, the separation of our family. It would mean freedom and just being able to see our child grow together,” a mixed-status family member said. — 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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