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Immigration News Today: Why So Many Migrant Kids are Selling Candy in NYC

Nancy Chen

Jun 26, 2024

Tania Semblantes Chango, a 21-year-old migrant from Ecuador, sells candy on the trains, and takes her 2-year-old son Jeremy with her. Photo: Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio for Documented

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

Why are so many migrant kids selling candy in NYC? Lack of child care, survey says:

Over 8 in 10 migrant vendors with children said in the survey that they lacked sufficient child care, and 93% said they hadn’t been assisted by any organization. — The Gothamist

Scuffle in District 40 — Ron Kim and Yi Andy Chen volunteers call police on each other:

The teams of incumbent Assembly member Ron Kim and candidate Yi Andy Chen, who are running for the District 40 seat, nearly simultaneously called the police to report violations against each other’s teams. — Documented

Around the U.S. 

‘The other Ellis Island:’ Southern border sees global migration:

In El Paso, new immigrants find temporary relief at the Sacred Heart shelter amid Biden’s restrictive asylum policies and divided political responses. — The Guardian 

Florida Medicaid spending on undocumented immigrants plummets after new law:

Florida’s Medicaid spending on emergency medical assistance for undocumented immigrants dropped 54% this fiscal year amid the impact of the state’s new immigration law. — POLITICO

New Mexico governor salutes Biden’s “balanced approach” to immigration:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham praised President Biden’s emphasis border security while protecting undocumented families. — POLITICO 

Washington D.C.

The potential political fallout from Biden’s immigration moves:

SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson analyzes how Biden’s immigration restrictions may affect voters’ opinions. — CBS News

Trump’s proposed college grad green cards likely wouldn’t work:

Trump’s proposal faces resistance from his advisers, political opposition from both parties, legislative hurdles and historical inconsistency in his policies. — Forbes

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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