Immigration news today 1 February 2024

Here are some recent U.S. immigration news, an essential source to keep you up to date with changes and opportunities that may affect your life.

By reading these summaries, you will gain quick insights into critical issues, allowing you to make more informed decisions and stay on top of what is happening in the immigrant community.

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These are the immigration and naturalization procedures that will increase in price

Telemundo News - January 31st, 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an increase in the fees for several immigration and naturalization procedures, with increases reaching more than $300. These new fees will be effective as of April 1. This change will affect numerous applicants, including those in naturalization and other immigration proceedings. The measure has generated concern among immigrants and their families, who will have to adjust their budgets to meet these new costs.

The odyssey of Javier Zamora, the Salvadoran who emigrated to the U.S. to be reunited with his parents when he was 9 years old.

La Prensa Grafica - January 31st, 2024

Javier Zamora, a Salvadoran writer, narrates his experience of migrating to the United States at the age of 9 in his book 'Solito'. The journey, which was supposed to last two weeks, was extended to two months, full of challenges and dangers. Zamora, now 34, reflects on human migration and life in a country without full citizenship. His book, written in English and published in Spanish and Catalan, has been recognized by media such as The New York Times Book Review and recounts his journey through rivers and deserts, aided by other characters who became his second family.

How did an Ecuadorian journalist become a major league legend?

CNN in English - January 31, 2024

Jaime Jarrín, a prominent Ecuadorian sports journalist, recounts his journey to becoming a Major League Baseball legend, especially with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In this CNN en Español video, Jarrín shares his experience and the key moments of his career that led him to be recognized in the baseball world. His story is an example of success and perseverance in sports journalism, inspiring many generations in the field of sports and communication.

Inspiring America: The dreamer who shares her story of coming to the country

Telemundo News - January 31st, 2024

Margarita Quiñones, a dreamer and engineer, tells her moving immigration story on Telemundo News. At the age of 3, she crossed the Sonoran desert with her mother and sister to join her father in Chicago. Now a DACA beneficiary, Margarita has written a children's book to share her experience and motivate others. Her story is an example of overcoming and resilience, highlighting the difficulties and hopes of many immigrants seeking a better life in the United States.

DACA Recipients Lament Delays in Renewals

Telemundo News - January 31st, 2024

DACA beneficiaries are expressing concern and frustration due to delays in the process of renewing their permits. Although some have been waiting several months for news about their process, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has indicated that the length of the process varies on a case-by-case basis. This delay is causing uncertainty and anxiety among DACA recipients, who depend on this program for their stability in the United States.

New York unhappy after police kickers set free

Telemundo News - January 31st, 2024

In New York, discontent has been generated by the release of five people arrested for assaulting police officers. The incident, which took place outside a migrant shelter, involved individuals identified as Latinos. Police have expressed concern over the court's decision to release the arrestees, considering it a public safety issue. This case has sparked debate about criminal justice and safety in the city, especially in immigration-related contexts.

VIDEO: Shocking attack by Hispanic migrants against New York police officers

La Opinión - January 31, 2024

In New York, two police officers were assaulted by several Hispanic migrants near Times Square. The incident, captured on video, shows the officers being attacked while attempting to subdue an individual. The suspects, identified as Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel, Kelvin Servat Arocha, Juarez Wilson, Yorman Reveron and Jhoan Boada, face charges of assault on a police officer, among others. The officers suffered minor injuries. This attack adds to a series of recent incidents at migrant shelters in New York, highlighting the growing tension in the city due to the influx of migrants.

Disconcerting statements by migrant who killed Venezuelan man in New York shelter revealed

La Opinión - January 31, 2024

In New York, Moises Coronado, a 27-year-old Peruvian migrant, was charged with murdering Dafren Cañizalez, a 24-year-old Venezuelan, at a migrant shelter on Randall's Island. During an argument in the shelter's cafeteria, Coronado stabbed Cañizalez with a 5-inch knife. According to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the attack was motivated by comments about the victim's girlfriend, which led to a fight. Coronado, along with two accomplices, chased and cornered Cañizalez, stabbing him several times until he was dead. Cañizalez, a father of three, died in the hospital from his injuries. Coronado faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree gang assault, and has pleaded not guilty.

Massachusetts adapts recreational complex as shelter for homeless families, including migrants

Los Angeles Times en Español - January 31, 2024

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, under the leadership of Governor Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, has transformed the Cass Recreation Complex in Roxbury, Boston, into a temporary shelter for homeless families, including migrants. This complex can house approximately 400 people or between 100 and 125 families. Massachusetts is currently facing a growing influx of homeless migrants and already has three state shelters at maximum capacity. Healey has set a cap of 7,500 people for the shelter program and has implemented a waiting list. Both Healey and Wu have requested more support from the federal government to handle the situation. The Roxbury shelter is a temporary solution, and families are expected to move out by June, while the center's programs will move to other locations. The decision has generated divided opinions among Roxbury residents.

Denver authorities to reduce the time immigrants can stay in shelters

La Opinión - January 31, 2024

Denver, facing a significant increase in immigrants, will limit the length of stay in state shelters starting February 5. Mayor Mike Johnston announced this measure due to the arrival of approximately 40,000 immigrants in the last year, which has overwhelmed the city's capacity and required a significant allocation from the state budget. Denver currently houses 4,000 people in shelters and faces financial challenges, with possible cuts of up to $$180 million from its annual budget. Johnston suggests that granting work permits to immigrants could help reduce the city's financial burden. The situation has led to an increase in immigrants on the streets, and the city is looking to balance welcoming new vulnerable groups with managing available resources.

ICE arrests 171 noncitizens with pending charges or convictions for murder, manslaughter, or assault against children during nationwide enforcement effort

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - February 1, 2024

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 171 noncitizens unlawfully present in the country with pending charges or convictions for murder, manslaughter, or assault against children. This operation, conducted January 16-28, 2024, demonstrates ICE's commitment to public safety and enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Those arrested include individuals with serious criminal histories, such as a 53-year-old Salvadoran national in Tacoma convicted of child abuse and rape, and a 45-year-old Mexican national in Dallas convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a minor. ICE focuses on detaining noncitizens who have committed crimes and those who have violated immigration laws. In FY 2023, ERO arrested more than 73,000 noncitizens with criminal histories, highlighting the agency's ongoing efforts to improve community safety.

Legislation to deport drunk driving immigrants

El Tiempo Latino - February 1, 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation seeking to deport immigrants convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). H.R. 6976, which passed with a 274-150 vote, will now move to the Senate. The legislation provides that immigrants convicted of DUI can be barred from entering the U.S. or deported. Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib criticized the measure as "racist," arguing that it could lead to the deportation of legal immigrants for misdemeanor DUI offenses. Republicans highlighted traffic accident statistics related to drunk drivers to justify the legislation. There are no specific figures indicating a significant percentage of immigrants among those arrested for DUI in the US.

South Dakota governor seeks to support Texas security efforts on southern border

Los Angeles Times en Español - January 31, 2024

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced plans to step up support for Texas in its border security efforts. Following her recent visit to the border, Noem criticized current conditions and called the situation an "invasion" by Mexican drug cartels. The Republican governor is considering sending barbed wire and security personnel to Texas and is exploring legal options to force the federal government to act. Noem has previously sent National Guard troops to the border and has visited the region several times. His focus on border security reflects a growing trend among states and the U.S. Congress, where Republicans are pushing for greater border security.

Mexico's border security and support: Congressman Henry Cuellar discusses his meeting with AMLO

Univision News - January 31, 2024

Congressman Henry Cuellar met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to discuss border measures and immigration control. In this meeting, they discussed joint efforts between Mexico and the United States to improve border security and the situation of migrants. Cuellar shared his perception of border security and plans to implement, highlighting the importance of bilateral cooperation on these critical issues.

What are the Republicans' arguments for initiating impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas?

Voice of America - January 31, 2024

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced two articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security. In this Voice of America video, we explore the arguments presented by the Republicans for this impeachment. These arguments focus on Mayorkas' handling of border security and immigration policy issues. This political movement reflects the tensions and divisions in the U.S. political landscape, especially regarding immigration policy.

66,090 Salvadorans were apprehended at the U.S. southern border in 2023

La Prensa Gráfica - January 30, 2024

In 2023, U.S. authorities apprehended 66,090 Salvadorans at the southern border, a 19.6% lower number than in 2022. Most of those apprehended were unaccompanied adults, unaccompanied minors, and individuals in family groups. The reduction is observed in almost all categories, except for family groups, which increased by 32.7%. This change reflects an increasing trend in the detention of Salvadoran family groups at the border, a phenomenon that has persisted for more than a semester. The situation at the border continues to be a critical issue in U.S. immigration policies.

Border Patrol in El Paso credits Title 8 for reducing irregular immigration flow

Voice of America - January 31, 2024

The Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, has attributed the reduction in irregular migration flows to the implementation of Title 8, a regulation used to curb irregular migration from Mexico. According to agents, enforcement of this regulation has led to a significant decrease in illegal crossings in that area. This report by Paula Diaz for Voice of America highlights the impact of immigration policies on the border and their effects on migration patterns.

Migrants report that Texas soldiers assaulted a man who crossed the border

Univision News - January 31, 2024

Migrants have denounced an incident in which Texas soldiers allegedly assaulted a man who had just crossed the border between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The event, captured on video, shows the screams of helplessness of the migrants who witnessed the assault. According to witnesses, the soldiers also committed racist acts against the migrant. This incident has generated concern and has drawn attention to the treatment of migrants at the southern border of the United States.

What is at stake in El Salvador's elections?

Voice of America - January 31, 2024

El Salvador is preparing for its presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for February 4. This crucial event will determine the new presidential formula and the deputies of the Legislative Assembly. Analysts and citizens agree that the next government will face great challenges. Claudia Zaldaña, reporting from El Salvador for Voice of America, highlights the importance of these elections and the challenges that await the future government, including governance, economic and security issues.

Hours before elections vice president defends policies in El Salvador

Telemundo News - January 31st, 2024

Felix Ulloa, El Salvador's vice president, defended President Nayib Bukele's security policies in an interview with the AP on the eve of elections in which Bukele is seeking re-election. Ulloa, currently on administrative leave for the election campaign, highlighted the government's efforts and results in security matters. This defense comes at a critical moment for El Salvador, where security and politics are at the center of public debate, especially with presidential elections approaching.

New York restaurant owners contemplate eliminating tips if they have to increase wages

Univision News - January 31, 2024

In New York, a bill proposes to increase the minimum wage for restaurant employees to $16 per hour. This measure has generated concern among restaurant owners, who warn that, if passed, they would have to increase the prices of their products, eliminate the tips their employees currently receive, and even consider staff cuts. This debate highlights the dilemma between improving workers' working conditions and the possible economic repercussions for the establishments.

They made him believe his grandson was in jail to rob him: elderly man tells how he was the victim of a scam

Univision News - January 31, 2024

Lazaro Suarez, a 77-year-old man, was the victim of a telephone scam, losing $8,000 of his retirement savings. The criminals tricked him by pretending to be his grandson, who supposedly needed money urgently to get out of prison. Despite feeling distrustful of the unknown voice, fear and urgency led him to act quickly without verifying the story. This case highlights the vulnerability of the elderly to this type of fraud and the importance of being alert to suspicious calls.

40 Alleged Sex Exploiters Arrested in California: 11 Minors Rescued

Univision News - January 31, 2024

A massive operation in California, involving 95 law enforcement agencies, resulted in the arrest of 40 sexual exploitation suspects and 271 people accused of contracting these services. This joint effort resulted in the rescue of 11 minors and 54 adults. The majority of the arrests, 193 in total, were made in the city of Los Angeles. This operation highlights the seriousness of the problem of sexual exploitation in the region and the importance of interagency collaboration to combat this crime.

What you should know about two ordinances passed for Los Angeles street food vendors

Univision News - January 31, 2024

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved two new ordinances affecting street food vendors. These ordinances, which will be up for a final vote next week, seek to regularize street vending and address the complaints of many workers who felt they were being persecuted by authorities due to lack of a proper permit. This change represents a significant step towards formalizing and protecting street vendors in Los Angeles, improving their labor and legal status.

Organization offers financial assistance to undocumented immigrants

Telemundo News - January 31st, 2024

Telemundo News reports on a program of the non-profit organization TODEC, which offers financial assistance to undocumented individuals who do not qualify for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status. This program provides financial assistance ranging from $500 to $4,500 to affected families. This initiative is a significant effort to support the undocumented community, which often faces economic challenges and limitations in accessing public resources and services.



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