Immigration news today 20 March 2024

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This daughter of Mexican immigrants is making history in California Congress.

Univision News - March 19, 2024

Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, the first Latina Republican State Senator in California, of Yucatecan origin, marks a milestone in Latino representation. She began her career as a teacher and school board member, standing out for her commitment to education and the community.

This city welcomes immigrants as tensions rise across the country over sanctuary policies

Telemundo News - March 19, 2024

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to being a welcoming city for immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees by adopting policies that limit cooperation with ICE. This decision responds to rising national tensions over sanctuary policies and seeks to protect undocumented residents from persecution. The measure has generated criticism from Republicans and federal officials, but is defended by community and local leaders, who see in these policies a reinforcement of the safety and well-being of all residents, regardless of their immigration status.

Lawyers propose 10 executive actions to Biden to fix immigration system

Univision - March 19, 2024

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has urged President Joe Biden to implement ten executive actions to improve the U.S. immigration system. These measures range from protecting immigrants with temporary status to modernizing the H-1B visa program. AILA underscores the urgency of these actions in the face of congressional inaction and the need for a more humane and efficient approach to immigration management. The proposal includes solutions to reduce backlogs in immigration benefit applications and ensure fair proceedings in immigration courts, reflecting a commitment to human rights and administrative efficiency.

U.S. Department of Labor expands campaign in southeastern agricultural sector

U.S. Department of Labor - March 19, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor is stepping up its compliance and awareness campaign in the Southeast agriculture sector after recovering more than $2 million in back wages for nearly 3,000 workers and penalizing employers with more than $3.8 million in fines in 2023. The initiative seeks to educate employers and workers about compliance and legal protections, part of a national effort to improve compliance in the agricultural industry. Collaborating with organizations and conducting free webinars are key strategies to increase awareness and improve legal compliance to reduce violations and protect vulnerable farmworkers.

Supreme Court allows Texas to begin enforcement of immigration law

Los Angeles Times en Español - March 9, 2024

The Supreme Court rejected a request from the Biden administration and approved Texas to enforce a new state law to arrest migrants who illegally cross the Rio Grande. The law, backed by a 6-3 majority, has generated controversy and criticism, especially from Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson, for potential negative effects on immigration law, foreign relations, and migrants' rights. Texas argues that this action is necessary in the face of what it considers lax enforcement of federal law by the Biden administration. The law will face additional legal review in April.

Texas immigration law would have an impact on the border, but its immediate effects were moderate

Los Angeles Times en Espanol - March 19, 2024

The implementation of SB4 in Texas, following the Supreme Court decision, could redefine cooperation between local and federal immigration authorities. Although a significant impact on apprehensions of illegal immigrants was anticipated, initial reactions and applications by local authorities have been cautious. Mexico has expressed its refusal to accept deportees under this law. While some Texas cities claim not to apply SB4, the debate continues over its effectiveness and the humanitarian implications of its application.

Supreme Court allows Texas SB4, which gives police authority to detain undocumented immigrants, to go into effect

Univision - March 19, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily allowed the application of the SB4 law in Texas, which authorizes local authorities to detain undocumented immigrants. This decision has generated a broad debate over federal versus state immigration powers. The Biden administration has criticized the law for undermining federal authority and sowing chaos at the border. Meanwhile, the state of Texas defends the measure as necessary to control illegal immigration, citing flaws in current federal policies.

Supreme Court authorizes controversial Texas SB4 immigration law to go into effect

Univision News - March 19, 2024

SB4, upheld by the Supreme Court, allows Texas authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, except in certain areas such as schools and hospitals. Attorney Angel Leal warns of the profound repercussions for the immigrant community.

Supreme Court authorizes controversial Texas immigration law

Voice of America - March 19, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court has approved Texas' SB4 law, which allows local authorities to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. This ruling has generated widespread debate about the implications for immigrant rights and border security.

What is the controversial law that allows Texas to arrest and deport undocumented migrants arriving in the U.S.?

La Opinión - March 19, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court authorized the implementation of SB4 in Texas, allowing state and local authorities to detain and imprison undocumented migrants. This legislation, which faces legal review in lower courts, has been criticized by the Biden administration and human rights advocates as a violation of federal and constitutional law. SB4 carries severe penalties, including sentences of up to 20 years for repeat illegal crossers after a previous deportation. Opponents warn of consequences for foreign relations, refugee protection, federal law enforcement and migrant welfare.

Texas SB4 Law: Report, remain silent, film arrests, report abuse

Univision - March 19, 2024

The Texas SB4 law, which authorizes state and local police to arrest migrants for improper entry, has raised concerns among the immigrant community. Experts and human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch point out that this law violates both U.S. law and international obligations by exposing asylum seekers to persecution. Although cities such as Houston have pledged not to enforce the law, the ACLU and other activists urge the community to know their rights, remain calm and be prepared for any interaction with the police. They stress the importance of remaining silent, filming arrests to document possible abuses, and knowing procedures in the event of an arrest.

Lawyer offers 10 crucial tips for migrants in Texas after SB4 law goes into effect

El Diario NY - March 19, 2024

With the Supreme Court's validation of Texas' SB4 law, which criminalizes irregular entry into the state, attorney Angel Leal provides 10 essential recommendations to migrants in Texas. These tips include avoiding driving without a license, staying away from areas with a high presence of customs and border protection officers, and staying informed about the SB4 litigation. SB4 severely punishes illegal post-deportation re-entry and empowers police to remove suspects to Mexico, raising concerns about discrimination and human rights violations.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre's statement on SB-4

The White House - March 19, 2024

The White House, through Karine Jean-Pierre, has expressed its disagreement with the Supreme Court's decision allowing Texas' SB-4 law to go into effect. They call the law harmful and unconstitutional, arguing that it will decrease safety in Texas communities, as well as overburden law enforcement and create chaos on the southern border. The administration sees SB-4 as yet another example of Republican politicization of the border, obstructing real solutions. They reiterate their call for Congressional Republicans to pass a bipartisan border security agreement, which they consider the toughest and fairest set of reforms in decades.

White House says Texas SB4 law will "wreak havoc" on the border

Telemundo News - March 19, 2024

The Biden Administration criticizes the implementation of SB4 in Texas, warning that it will create chaos at the border. This law grants immigration powers to local police, a function traditionally reserved for federal agencies.

The places in Texas where arrests will not be possible under SB4

Univision News - March 19, 2024

The Supreme Court authorized SB4 in Texas, allowing local authorities to arrest illegal immigrants, except in schools, churches and medical centers. The law excludes individuals under asylum or DACA, generating debates about its implications in the community.

Mexico will not receive deportees from Texas under SB4 and issues warning to its interlocutor

Telemundo News - March 19, 2024

The Mexican Foreign Ministry declares that it will not accept deportees from Texas under SB4, in response to the approval of this controversial legislation. Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticizes the decision, highlighting the rejection of the Supreme Court's conservative position.

Nicaragua surpasses Venezuela in number of migrants to the U.S.

Voice of America - March 19, 2024

Nicaragua has surpassed Venezuela in the number of migrants attempting to reach the US, a Cid-Gallup survey reveals. Despite the risks of the journey and the limited options for safe and legal migration, a significant proportion of Nicaraguans wish to leave their country.

144 migrants found abandoned in a train car in Mexico: here's what is known

Univision News - March 19, 2024

In Coahuila, Mexico, 144 migrants were discovered abandoned in a train car during a routine inspection, including 13 unaccompanied minors. Many were dehydrated, highlighting the danger of their journey.

CBP officers at Del Rio port of entry intercept five human smuggling attempts

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - March 19, 2024

In less than 48 hours, officers from CBP's Office of Field Operations at the Del Rio Port of Entry intercepted five separate human smuggling attempts. These events highlight the legal and criminal consequences of violating U.S. immigration laws. Liliana Flores, director of the Del Rio Port, underscored the unwavering commitment to the border security mission. The attempts included the presentation of false documents such as U.S. passports and birth certificates by U.S. and Mexican citizens, resulting in the detention of the drivers and the seizure of the vehicles involved.

ERO Boston captures Brazilian fugitive convicted of armed robbery in his home country

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - March 19, 2024

ERO Boston arrested a Brazilian national, illegally present in the U.S., wanted in Brazil for failing to complete a 19-year sentence for armed robbery. The arrest was made on March 14 near his residence in Everett, Massachusetts, where the fugitive was found in possession of fraudulent identification documents. Todd M. Lyons, director of the ERO Boston Field Office, stressed the commitment to not allow criminals to use New England communities as safe havens. The fugitive illegally entered the U.S. at an unknown date and location and will remain in ERO ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

Maryland County begins cooperating on ERO Baltimore immigration detainers

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - March 19, 2024

The Montgomery County Detention Center transferred custody of two alleged undocumented sex offenders to Baltimore's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), marking a shift in the county's policy to begin honoring ICE immigration detainers. This action follows a cooperative agreement with county executives on Feb. 27 to apprehend and remove non-citizen violent offenders from Montgomery communities. The two individuals, charged with sexually abusing children in Maryland, will remain in ERO Baltimore custody pending criminal trial and removal proceedings. This collaboration underscores the U.S. Department of Labor's commitment to public safety and immigration enforcement.

ERO St. Paul arrests foreign fugitive wanted in Honduras for homicide

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - March 19, 2024

ERO St. Paul arrested a 30-year-old Honduran national, illegally present in the U.S. and wanted in Honduras for homicide with a firearm. The arrest came after North Platte, Nebraska Police stopped him for a traffic violation and notified ERO. The individual is being held without bond in the Phelps County Jail pending removal proceedings. This action reflects ERO's commitment to public safety and interagency collaboration to apprehend dangerous fugitives.

Alert for thieving tourists entering U.S. mansions to rob them

Univision News - March 19, 2024

The Los Angeles Police Department has formed a special team to tackle gangs of thieves who, using tourist visas, enter the U.S. to rob mansions, then send the proceeds back to their home countries and leave the U.S. territory.

Mexico's Mayor', the double life of the businessman who moved drugs from Los Angeles

Univision News - March 19, 2024

Ruben Gil, known in Puebla as an activist, businessman and politician, led a double life coordinating cocaine trafficking for the Sinaloa Cartel from Los Angeles. He was discovered in 2014 and died in 2021 serving a 14-year sentence.


How Hispanic Americans get their news

Pew Research Center - March 19, 2024

A Pew Research Center study reveals significant differences in news consumption between U.S.-born Latinos and those who have immigrated. While the U.S.-born prefer to get their news in English, Latino immigrants have more varied habits, with a notable amount consuming news in Spanish. In addition, the research highlights Latinos' growing preference for digital devices as a source of news, surpassing television, radio and print. This shift reflects not only general digital trends but also cultural and generational particularities within the U.S. Hispanic community.

He manufactures grills, was about to close and Messi sent him a message that changed his life.

CNN in English - March 19, 2024

Guillermo Fernández, owner of Labohierro, was considering closing his grill shop in Argentina due to the economic crisis. A message from Lionel Messi asking for a grill revolutionized his business, generating a boom in international orders and offering him a ray of hope.

Multimedia | What actions did Milei promote in Argentina in his first 100 days as president?

Voice of America - March 19, 2024

Javier Milei, in his first 100 days as president of Argentina, has implemented measures to reduce public spending and stabilize the economy. However, these policies have provoked protests in several sectors, despite broad popular support.



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