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Immigration News Today: At Biden’s Request, Federal Judge Terminates Deal Granting Protections to Migrant Children

Fisayo Okare

Jul 09, 2024

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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.

Around the U.S. 

At Biden admin.’s request, federal judge terminates deal granting protections to migrant children
The 1997 Flores Settlement outlines certain protections for immigrant children while in U.S. custody. Last October, the Biden administration moved to terminate the settlement, stating that youths would be adequately protected by new federal regulations. — San Francisco Chronicle

ICE Chicago monitors most immigrants with detention alternatives:

ICE’s Chicago office monitors the highest number of immigrants of any ICE office using technology as part of the Alternatives to Detention program, totaling 18,478 individuals. — TRAC

Leaving Venezuela — Omar and Alejandra’s search for a better life:

Two asylum seekers share their stories of leaving Venezuela, their dangerous journeys and the struggles of a new life in Chicago. — Borderless

U.S. deports 116 Chinese migrants in first ‘large’ flight since 2018:

Back in April, Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas said the U.S. was conducting high-level discussions aimed at increasing the number of Chinese nationals deported from the U.S. — NBC News

How Haiti’s forebears helped America get its independence:

Saint-Domingue — modern-day Haiti — played a significant and often overlooked role in aiding the American colonies in their quest for independence. — Haitian Times

Census highlights U.S. Hispanic population growth:

Census data shows Hispanic population growth accounted for 71% of U.S. population growth between 2022 and 2023. — United States Census Bureau

5,000 miles, 8 countries — the path to the U.S. through one family’s eyes:

The ordeal would test their mental and physical fortitude, strain the parents’ relationship, and challenge their commitment to building a new life in the United States. — New York Times

With empathy, bearing witness to one family’s plight:

Through a family’s story, two journalists set out to understand the life-changing decisions millions of migrants must make every year in exchange for a shot at making it — The New York Times

The American Immigration Council tracked over 700 immigration bills this year. Here are trends they’ve seen:

So far this year, legislatures have advanced harmful policies targeting immigrant communities, but many states have also advanced welcoming policies that aim to help newcomers succeed. — Immigration Impact

New York

Haitian Creole-speaking part-time canvassers needed in Brooklyn:

The initiative, led by CUNY’s Haitian Studies Institute, aims to improve the efficiency and safety of Flatbush Avenue, a key transit corridor serving thousands of bus riders daily. — Haitian Times

How to get help paying for food and groceries in NYC:

Here’s a guide on SNAP benefits, with some information about other food programs, to make the application process easier. — Documented x THE CITY

Map of free resources from East Village Neighbors Who Care: 

This ever-growing list of free resources includes free clothing, food, showers, public spaces, healthcare facilities, warming/cooling centers and more across the city. — EVNC

Washington D.C.

Alejandro Mayorkas — the immigrant overseeing the borders:

Mayorkas was confirmed as the first immigrant and Latino Homeland Security secretary shortly after President Biden took office, taking over a department roiled by leadership turnover and low morale. — Los Angeles Times

The National Public Opinion Reference Survey for the first time gives the GOP a party affiliation edge:

The Pew NPORS study, a large mail survey with financial incentives and a 30% response rate across political party affiliation, religious affiliation, and internet use.  — Pew Research

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.




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