Immigration news today 13 February 2024

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Dominican Diaspora Day Event Summary

The White House - February 12, 2024

The White House Office of Public Engagement convened more than 100 Latino leaders to celebrate Dominican Day at the White House. The event included a policy briefing for state and local officials and a reception celebrating Dominican-American culture. During the session, they discussed how the Biden-Harris Administration has advanced economic opportunity for the Latino community through its economic recovery agenda, including the American Recovery Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the CHIPS and Science Act. Participants highlighted President Biden's accomplishments for the Latino community, such as increasing economic opportunity, combating student debt, expanding access to higher education, and efforts to improve access to resources and funding for underserved communities. Biden-Harris Administration officials pledged to continue working with community leaders to fulfill the President's efforts to advance equity for the Latino community. During the reception, guests were welcomed by Segundo Caballero, who reiterated the Administration's commitment to the Latino community and stressed the importance of celebrating the diversity that makes up the fabric of our nation.

Immigration service claims that procedures are now faster: is this claim true?

Univision - February 12, 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented policies since 2022 that have significantly reduced processing times for several key procedures. For example, the average processing time for naturalization citizenship (Form N-400) has been reduced to 6 months. However, other procedures, such as the I-601 and I-601A humanitarian waivers, still face long waits of up to 3 to 4 years. Immigration attorneys acknowledge improvements in several procedures, but point out that there are still areas that require attention, especially in work permits and humanitarian waivers. USCIS has completed a record number of cases in 2023 and continues to implement solutions to improve the customer experience and reduce the backlog.

USCIS achieves a 15% reduction in immigration backlogs: these are the key figures

Univision News - February 12, 2024

USCIS announces a significant 15% reduction in immigration backlogs by 2023, resolving 10 million cases. This progress includes applications for citizenship, permanent residence and work visas, and highlights the completion of more than 100,000 interviews for refugee claimants, marking a milestone in service efficiency.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize 154 Pounds of Methamphetamine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - February 12, 2024

Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector arrested a Mexican national for transporting illegal narcotics, seizing 154 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $278,000. The arrest occurred near Interstate 10 in Indio, California, during a traffic enforcement operation. A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, leading to the discovery of five duffel bags containing multiple packages of methamphetamine. The driver, who possessed a border crossing card, was arrested and his entry benefits were revoked. The narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). This operation is part of Operation Apollo, a joint initiative of federal, state and local agencies to combat the trafficking of fentanyl and other illicit synthetic narcotics.

Republicans to vote on whether to impeach Alejandro Mayorcas over immigration management

El Diario NY - February 12, 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this Tuesday on the possibility of impeachment of the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. Republicans accuse Mayorkas of jeopardizing the security of the country due to the massive influx of undocumented migrants. The proposed charges include "violation of the public trust" and "systematic and willful refusal to comply with the law" for his management of the U.S.-Mexico border. If the impeachment is approved by the lower house, it will be the first time in nearly 150 years that a government secretary has been impeached. Although Mayorkas is unlikely to be impeached due to the Democratic majority in the Senate, the vote is a crucial moment that reflects the political tensions and divisions over the handling of immigration in the United States.

Trump's deportation plan would include several agencies in addition to ICE: the FBI, DEA and National Guard.

La Opinión - February 12, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is proposing a deportation plan involving multiple federal agencies, including ICE, FBI, DEA and the National Guard. This plan, deemed "cruel and un-American" by the Biden-Harris campaign, seeks to intensify deportations of undocumented immigrants. Trump has mentioned at rallies that his plan would include mass deportations and the use of "obscure" Alien and Sedition laws from 1798. In addition, it calls for the construction of large detention sites near the border. The plan has generated criticism for its aggressive approach and possible evocation of scenes similar to the mass deportations of the 1950s under President Eisenhower.

Possible Trump deportation strategy revealed

Telemundo News - February 12, 2024

A report by Axios suggests that Donald Trump, should he return to power, plans to use federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA and National Guard to intensify deportations of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. This strategy marks a more aggressive approach to immigration policy, generating concern among immigrant communities.

Border Patrol systematically confiscates migrants' belongings, report says

La Opinión - February 12, 2024

A report by the ACLU of Arizona and other organizations reveals that the U.S. Border Patrol routinely confiscates personal belongings from migrants apprehended at the border. The report, titled "La Esperanza al Descanso," calls these actions "inhumane and indefensible." It includes cases of migrants forced to discard documents, medications and items of sentimental value, such as the ashes of a loved one. Pro-immigrant organizations have filed complaints with DHS, CBP and Border Patrol, but these practices continue. The report urges CBP to allow migrants to keep as many personal belongings as possible and ensure continued access to medications and medical devices.

New York, Vermont and New Hampshire record irregular border crossings as more migrants arrive from Canada

El Diario NY - February 12, 2024

New York, Vermont and New Hampshire counties have experienced a record increase in irregular border crossings, with a significant increase in migrants attempting to enter the United States from Canada. In 2023, more than 12,220 migrants were arrested for irregular crossing from Canada, an increase of 241% over the previous year. This migration flow is due to less fortification and greater length of the northern border compared to the southern border. The Swanton Sector, which covers parts of these states, has apprehended more than 3,100 people from 55 countries in the last quarter. The Canadian government is considering imposing a visa requirement for Mexican travelers in response to this increase in irregular crossings.

A border crossing point east of San Diego has become the ideal illegal crossing into the U.S.

CNN in English - February 12, 2024

Migrants have discovered a border crossing point east of San Diego as a safe route to illegally cross into the U.S., reducing the risks associated with the crossing. This finding reflects the migrants' continued search for less dangerous routes, although it remains an illegal and risky activity.

How an immigrant was rescued after getting stuck in a fence after crossing the border.

Univision News - February 12, 2024

In a desperate attempt to apply for asylum, a migrant was trapped in a fence at the Arizona border and was rescued by Border Patrol with the help of paramedics. This incident illustrates the dangerous conditions migrants face when crossing the border, especially during cold temperatures, and highlights the extreme risks they take in their search for safety and better opportunities.

Migrant caravan disbanded in Mexico

Voice of America - February 12, 2024

The migrant caravan that began in Tapachula, Chiapas, was disbanded in Oaxaca after facing harassment from authorities. This event, covered by Javier Cardoso of the Voice of America, highlights the difficulties and obstacles faced by migrants in their attempt to seek better living conditions, highlighting the complexity of the migration crisis in Mexico.

Venezuelans top the list of CBP One application users

Telemundo News - February 12, 2024

The CBP One application has processed more than 64 million asylum applications in 13 months, with Venezuelans leading the way. Of these applications, 450,000 have resulted in admissions to the U.S. This data highlights the growing reliance on technology in the immigration process and the prominent role of Venezuelans in today's immigration landscape.

Family of young man who shot tourist in Times Square speaks out

Telemundo News - February 12, 2024

Antonio José Cuicas, uncle of the 15-year-old teenager who shot a tourist in Times Square, advised his sister to bring the young man to justice. This incident highlights the problem of youth violence in public places and the importance of family responsibility in preventing these acts.

New York migrants fear stigmatization after curfew

Telemundo News - February 12, 2024

The curfew imposed on New York shelters by Mayor Eric Adams, following violent incidents involving migrants, has generated concern among migrants, such as Christian Vargas, an asylum seeker. They fear being stigmatized and facing greater difficulties in their integration and safety.

NY imposes curfew on more migrant shelters after latest violent incidents

Los Angeles Times en Español - February 12, 2024

New York City has extended the curfew to 20 migrant shelters, affecting some 3,600 migrants. This measure, which restricts mobility between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., was initially implemented in four shelters in response to neighborhood complaints and recent violent incidents attributed to residents of these centers. Spokeswoman Kayla Mamelak said the curfews are consistent with restrictions at traditional homeless shelters and are aimed at more efficient management of migrants in municipal care. Mayor Eric Adams and his administration have stated that this measure is part of the city's effort to lead in managing the national humanitarian crisis by prioritizing the health and safety of both asylum seekers and local residents.

New York extends curfew at immigrant shelters after recent incidents of violence

Univision News - February 12, 2024

In response to incidents of violence, New York imposes a curfew on immigrant shelters from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am, affecting 3,600 asylum seekers. The measure seeks to improve security, but poses challenges for shelter residents, who face the possibility of expulsion for non-compliance.

New York's largest migrant shelter at a glance

Voice of America - February 12, 2024

New York's Randall's Island shelter, the largest in the city, has become a vital refuge for migrants. Angela Gonzalez of Voice of America offers an intimate look into the lives of these migrants, who seek safety and opportunity while waiting for work permits, reflecting the challenges and hopes of the immigration experience.

Undocumented Therapists Serve Those in the Shadows

word. - February 7, 2024

California, one of three states that allows people without full immigration status to become licensed as therapists, has opened a path for the undocumented to address the mental health needs of their community. Mayra Barragan-O'Brien, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as a child, was inspired to become a therapist by her own experience of immigration-related trauma. Through California's 2014 law, and with the support of organizations like Immigrants Rising, Mayra and others like her are able to obtain the 3,000 hours of client work required to practice professionally. This effort seeks to increase the number of undocumented therapists, allowing those in need to work with someone who can relate to their experience. Immigrants Rising's program also offers wellness support groups and connects undocumented immigrants in California with therapists who donate their time.

Show Us Your Papers

word. - February 10, 2024

Lack of personal identification is a significant barrier for many immigrants in the U.S., and the upcoming implementation of the REAL ID policy threatens to keep more people on the margins of society. This policy establishes security standards for driver's licenses and identification cards, and as of May 7, 2025, a REAL ID will be required for certain federal purposes. Although the application of a REAL ID is not mandatory, the policy is already causing confusion and resistance among immigrant communities. Advocates warn that it could exacerbate racial profiling and lead to discrimination by law enforcement and government personnel. Meanwhile, some states are enacting laws allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain local IDs and driver's licenses, which could be negatively affected by REAL ID.


Republicans target women and minorities to expand majority in Congress

El Tiempo Latino - February 12, 2024

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are focusing their efforts on recruiting minority and women candidates, as well as veterans, to expand their majority in the November elections. Despite criticizing the Biden administration's diversity and inclusion programs, they are fielding a variety of candidates with diverse and compelling life stories. They include Prasanth Reddy, an Indian-origin oncologist; Alison Esposito, a gay former police detective; George Logan, of Guatemalan descent; and Mayra Flores, the first congresswoman born in Mexico. This approach seeks to reflect America's diversity and win districts with candidates who are not "generic Republicans." The strategy also responds to the growing number of eligible minority voters, with a significant increase in Hispanic, Asian-American and black voters. Democrats, however, maintain a sizable lead in minority voters and have no intention of ceding ground, with a $35 million investment focused on reaching voters of color. The race to attract female and minority voters will be key in determining which party will control the lower house next year.

El Nuevo Herald - February 11, 2024

This year's Super Bowl in Las Vegas highlights the Latino presence with players such as Isiah Pacheco of Dominican origin, Fred Warner of Mexican and Panamanian descent, Jon Feliciano of Puerto Rico and Alfredo Gutierrez of Mexico. Pacheco, who has already won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs, and Warner, a standout linebacker for the 49ers, are examples of Latino talent in the NFL. Feliciano, with a career with several teams including the 49ers, and Gutierrez, part of the 49ers practice squad, also represent the Latino influence in the sport. This event not only celebrates diversity on the field, but also among the fans, with a strong presence of Latino fans supporting their teams.

Overseas voters can be decisive in Mexico. This is how you can register

Telemundo News - February 12, 2024

Arturo Castillo of Mexico's National Electoral Institute highlights the decisive influence of overseas voters in the upcoming elections. Participation is boosted by the presence of two leading female candidates, encouraging the Mexican diaspora to register and actively participate in the democratic process.

FBI warns of increase in online romance scams

Telemundo News - February 12, 2024

The FBI reports a significant increase in online love scams, with 19,000 cases and losses of $740 million in 2022. These scams involve criminals who seduce their victims on social networks, establish relationships, and then fake emergencies to apply for financial assistance.



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