Immigration news today 12 March 2024

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"I felt a calling": the story of a Venezuelan flutist who joined the U.S. Marines.

El Diario NY - March 11, 2024

Ana Paola Rincones Urbina, a Venezuelan flutist who began her musical journey at age 9 in the Symphony Orchestra of Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, found a new path in her life after fleeing the difficult political and social conditions in her country in 2017. After arriving in the United States, her passion for music led her to audition and join the U.S. Marine Corps Band at the age of 33. Her story is a testament to perseverance, courage and love for music, and she now serves in the military, contributing her talent and commitment to the service of the United States.

Program reunites Mexican grandparents with their families in the U.S.

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

Sofia Alvarez, from Guanajuato, Mexico, was able to reunite with her son in Chicago after 25 years and meet her five grandchildren thanks to a program that facilitates short-term tourist visas at no cost for those over 55 years of age. This initiative has allowed several Mexican grandparents to reunite with their families in the U.S., strengthening family ties despite distance and immigration barriers.

Eugenio Derbez, the Mexican who made Hollywood speak Spanish: details about his career

Univision News - March 11, 2024

Eugenio Derbez, beyond being a renowned comedian, has consolidated his career in Hollywood as a director, writer and producer. Since his move to Los Angeles, California, he has managed to break stereotypes and collaborate with important industry figures, always maintaining his identity as an immigrant and family man. His career reflects the growing Latino influence in American cinema.

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the President's Fiscal Year 2025 Budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - March 11, 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has received a FY 2025 budget proposal of $62.2 billion, with a focus on combating terrorism, securing borders, strengthening disaster resilience, investing in cybersecurity, promoting responsible use of artificial intelligence, among others. It highlights the need to pass bipartisan Senate border security legislation to strengthen the immigration system and provide critical resources for border security and immigration enforcement. The budget seeks to enhance national security while addressing diverse and complex threats.

Actions in response to charter carriers facilitating irregular migration to the United States

U.S. Department of State - March 11, 2024

The United States has implemented visa restrictions on charter airline executives involved in facilitating irregular migration into the country. These measures, which are the first of their kind under the expanded visa restriction policy in February 2024, seek to combat predatory practices that take advantage of vulnerable migrants. The policy, initially announced in November 2023, reflects the U.S. commitment to work with governments and the private sector to eradicate the exploitation of migrants and strengthen the immigration system.

Laredo Port of Entry implements facilitation measures to cope with increased traffic during the Easter and Spring Break holidays

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - March 11, 2024

To handle the increased traffic during Easter and Spring Break, the Laredo Port of Entry has implemented facilitation measures. These include electronic tourist permits and an off-site I-94 processing facility located at the Outlet Shoppes of Laredo. Additional lanes will be opened as necessary to process vehicular traffic. CBP advises travelers to use the CBP One™ mobile app to expedite their entry and to remember to declare all items and comply with documentary requirements upon re-entry into the U.S.

Juan Orlando Hernandez, former president of Honduras, convicted in Manhattan federal court of conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. and related firearms offenses

U.S. Department of State - March 8, 2024

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was convicted by a federal jury in Manhattan of conspiring in one of the world's largest and most violent drug trafficking operations, transporting tons of cocaine through Honduras to the US. Hernández abused his position to turn Honduras into a drug state, facilitating drug trafficking with impunity and receiving millions in bribes from drug traffickers. He was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison, with the possibility of life imprisonment, in addition to other sentences for firearms-related offenses. This case underscores the U.S. commitment to dismantling drug trafficking networks, regardless of the position of their operators.

Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric doesn't deter some Latinos from voting for him

El Diario NY - March 11, 2024

Despite Donald Trump's well-known anti-immigrant rhetoric, there are Latinos willing to vote for him in the upcoming presidential elections, valuing other aspects such as the economy and leadership. Jorge Saldivar, a Cuban resident in Houston, expressed his support for Trump because of the better economic performance under Republican administrations. Although polls show that the economy and immigration are the top concerns for Americans, some Latinos like Josue, a Salvadoran in Houston, plan to vote for Trump for a third time, despite his deportation policies. Others, like Elizabeth Reyes and Yasmin Pajardo, young women of Mexican descent, feel a responsibility to vote considering those who cannot, highlighting the importance of remembering their origins when choosing a candidate. This phenomenon underscores the complexity of political preferences within the U.S. Latino community.

Guatemala receives more than 13,000 deportees in the first two months of 2024

Univision News - March 11, 2024

A report from the Guatemalan Migration Institute highlights a 100% increase in deportations of Guatemalans from the United States during January and February 2024, compared to the same period of the previous year. This significant increase, exceeding 13,000 deportees, signals important changes in migration policies and their effects on the affected communities.

Doctors say the solution to measles is simple: get vaccinated

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

In the face of concern about the resurgence of measles, physicians and health experts emphasize the importance of vaccination as an essential preventive measure. Recently, a case was detected in a child housed in an immigrant shelter in Chicago, underscoring the urgency of protecting the most vulnerable through immunization.

Concern in Chicago over measles cases in immigrant shelters

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

Chicago health authorities confirmed the third case of measles in the city, being the second one detected in young children inside an immigrant shelter in Pilsen. In view of this situation, personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to arrive to attend to the outbreak and protect the vulnerable population.

Venezuelan migrant rescued after attempting to throw himself from a tower in Mexico

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

In an operation that lasted around 14 hours, a rescue team in Nuevo León, Mexico, managed to save a Venezuelan migrant, identified as Samuel, who was attempting to throw himself off a tower. This incident highlights the extreme emotional and psychological challenges faced by migrants during their journey.

Migrants fall off the wall between Tijuana and San Diego

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

Research from the University of California reveals an increase in incidents of migrants falling from the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego, especially after its height was increased during the Trump administration. These falls have resulted in serious and permanent injuries for some migrants, highlighting the dangers associated with attempts to cross the border irregularly.

Migrant arrivals to Ciudad Juárez increase again

Voice of America - March 11, 2024

Ciudad Juarez is experiencing a surge in migrant arrivals from Central and South America, spurred by the end of winter. This renewed flow of undocumented migrants highlights the continued pressure on Mexican border cities and the challenges for migration and asylum policies.

ERO Boston arrests Nigerian national convicted of indecent solicitation of a minor in Rhode Island

ICE - March 11, 2024

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested a Nigerian national previously convicted of indecent solicitation of a minor in Rhode Island. The arrest is part of a nationwide effort by ICE to apprehend foreign sex offenders unlawfully present in the U.S. This individual violated the terms of his visa and was sentenced to five years in prison, with six months of home confinement. ERO Boston emphasizes its commitment to prioritizing the removal of predators from New England communities, thereby ensuring public safety.

Trinidad and Tobago Citizen in ICE Custody Dies at NWIPC

ICE - March 11, 2024

Charles Leo Daniel, a 61-year-old citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, died while in ICE custody at the ICE Northwest Processing Center on March 7. Daniel was found by ERO Seattle in 2015 and had been serving a murder conviction since 2003. He was ordered to be removed to his home country by an immigration judge in 2020. Emergency medical services declared his preliminary cause of death as unknown. ICE notified the relevant authorities and the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago, reaffirming its commitment to the welfare of individuals in its custody by providing comprehensive medical care upon arrival.

ERO Boston arrests Colombian national convicted of sex crime in Massachusetts

ICE - March 11, 2024

A 44-year-old Colombian national, convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 in December 2022, was arrested by ERO Boston in East Boston on February 14. This arrest was part of a nationwide enforcement effort that resulted in the arrest of 275 illegal alien sex offenders. The arrestee had previously been arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in 2022 and then by Massachusetts law enforcement on the above charge. ICE reiterates its commitment to prioritizing public safety by arresting and removing threats from communities.

ERO San Francisco arrests fugitive at large

ICE - March 11, 2024

ERO arrested Syed Mohamed Tousif Mohiuddin, a 39-year-old citizen of India, in San Francisco on March 5, who was in the U.S. illegally and had a history of multiple arrests for violent crimes between 2013 and 2021, including assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. Mohiuddin had entered the U.S. in 2010 and failed to comply with the terms of his visa. His arrest reflects ICE's commitment to protecting communities from individuals who pose a threat to public safety. Mohiuddin will remain in ERO custody pending removal proceedings.

Sen. Bob Menendez pleads "not guilty" to obstruction of justice charges

Univision News - March 11, 2024

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, along with his wife and two businessmen, pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice charges in federal court in the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors allege that Menendez and his wife lied through their lawyers in connection with an alleged bribery case. The plea marks a critical moment in the charges facing the lawmaker.

Expert believes defendant's guilt could complicate Menendez's case

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

Manuel Portela, a criminal lawyer not involved in the case, believes that Senator Bob Menendez's situation could become more complicated following the guilty plea of a person implicated in the corruption scheme affecting him. The case against Menendez, accused of participating in corrupt activities, is receiving media and legal attention, suggesting possible repercussions for his political career.


Bad Bunny adds a Latin touch to the Oscars ceremony

Telemundo News - March 11, 2024

Bad Bunny, the celebrated Puerto Rican singer, brought the Latin flavor to the Oscar ceremony, presenting in Spanish the award for best foreign film, which went to 'Zone of Interest'. However, Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' was the big winner of the night, winning seven awards.

Javier Milei completes 3 months as president of Argentina: What challenges lie ahead?

CNN in English - March 11, 2024

After three months in office, Argentine President Javier Milei faces numerous obstacles. Graciela Romer's analysis highlights the pending economic and social challenges. Milei seeks to implement his agenda in a context of high expectations and a complex inherited situation.

Journalist fired after reporting live on alleged poor working conditions

Univision News - March 11, 2024

Argentine journalist Tomi Munaretto was fired after voicing his complaints about low income and poor working conditions on air. His public denunciation during a broadcast generated controversy and culminated in a meeting with human resources, illustrating the challenges faced by some media professionals.



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