Immigration news today 21 March 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 abreast of what is happening in the immigrant community.

Sharing knowledge is key to strengthening our communities. If you find this information useful, I encourage you to share it with your family and friends.

Also, if you are not already subscribed to our email distribution list, I invite you to do so to receive regular updates on immigration issues.

The subscription form can be found at the end of this article. Your privacy is important and we will not sell or disclose your information to third parties.

Thank you for your support!

Table of Contents


Texas SB4 law blocked again by appeals court

Univision News - March 20, 2024

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling allowing Texas' SB4 law to go into effect, following temporary approval by the Supreme Court. This law, which authorizes state authorities to deport immigrants who enter illegally, was blocked again, maintaining the dispute over federal authority in immigration matters. The panel of judges will decide on the law after hearing arguments, while the Biden administration opposes the measure, considering it a violation of federal powers. The implementation of SB4 had been briefly allowed by the Supreme Court before its stay by the Fifth Circuit.

Texas SB4 law blocked again: appeals court rejects controversial measure

Univision News - March 20, 2024

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the implementation of SB4 in Texas, legislation that would have allowed local and state police to arrest undocumented immigrants. This ruling comes hours after the Supreme Court authorized its entry into force, generating a situation of legal and social uncertainty among the immigrant community.

Appeals court stays Texas immigration law after Supreme Court decision

El Diario NY - March 20, 2024

Texas' SB4 immigration law, which criminalizes illegal crossing from Mexico and authorizes arrests on suspicion of irregular entry, was stayed by the Fifth Circuit after the Supreme Court temporarily lifted its block. This decision reflects the tensions between the courts and the continuing dispute over the limits of state versus federal authority in immigration matters. The law, criticized as one of the most draconian, allows for detentions without due process and direct removal to Mexico of individuals without regard to their nationality.

Confusion and anguish in Texas as SB4 law is in the midst of a legal tug of war

Telemundo News - March 20, 2024

The Texas SB4 law, which grants immigration powers to local police, has been blocked for the third time in weeks by a court, hours after the Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect. This legal back-and-forth continues to plunge the immigrant community in Texas into confusion and anguish, evidencing the uncertainty surrounding the implementation of this controversial legislation.

Texas SB4 law: how a lower court can overturn Supreme Court decision

Univision News - March 20, 2024

The Texas SB4 law, which stiffens penalties for undocumented entry and allows local police to arrest foreigners suspected of illegal crossing, has generated a series of contradictory and swift court rulings. The Supreme Court had authorized its implementation, but the Fifth Circuit stayed it again, setting a hearing to review the constitutionality of the law. This case highlights the divisions within the U.S. judicial system and the struggle over federal versus state authority in immigration control. SB4 has been criticized for promoting racial discrimination and undermining border security and order.

String of conflicting court decisions causes confusion over SB4 law in Texas

Voice of America - March 20, 2024

SB4 in Texas faces a series of conflicting court decisions, causing confusion and uncertainty for both law enforcement and civil rights organizations. This cycle of legal approvals and deadlocks underscores the complexity and divisiveness surrounding immigration policy in the state, as well as the significant impact on the immigrant community.

Texas SB4 legal roller coaster generates fear and confusion

Telemundo News - March 20, 2024

The Texas SB4 law, which has caused great uncertainty and fear in the immigrant community, faced another chapter in its complicated legal battle. The Court of Appeals reviewed the arguments on its constitutionality, just after the Supreme Court allowed its implementation, which has generated an atmosphere of fear and confusion among immigrants, exemplified in the testimony of Lupita Lopez and her family.

Locking up and preparing for child custody: Texas immigrants make plans to deal with SB4

Univision News - March 20, 2024

In McAllen, Texas, Sandra Flores and 300 other blended families are preparing for SB4 by creating contingency plans and establishing protocols for child custody in case they are affected by this legislation. SB4 has generated an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty among immigrant communities in Texas.

Even with SB4 blocked, Texas governor says he will arrest border crossers

La Opinión - March 20, 2024

Despite the judicial blocking of SB4, Texas Governor Greg Abbott affirmed that the state will continue to arrest illegal border crossers. Abbott assures that Texas has the legal authority to make these arrests, even without SB4, through the use of physical barriers such as barbed wire and the construction of a border wall. Despite legal controversies and opposition, the state has arrested 41,000 people for crossing the border illegally. The situation reflects the tense relationship between Texas and the federal government regarding immigration management.

Migrants attempt to tear down Texas border fence in confusion over SB4 law

Univision News - March 20, 2024

In an act of desperation and confusion over SB4, dozens of immigrants attempted to tear down the fence that divides Ciudad Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, Texas. The U.S. National Guard immediately intervened. This incident underscores the tension and chaos generated by the temporary suspension of SB4, which seeks to criminalize undocumented immigrants in Texas.

Mexico rejects Texas immigration law SB4

Voice of America - March 20, 2024

The Mexican government has issued a strong rejection of the new Texas immigration law SB4, while the U.S. courts evaluate its validity. This position reflects international concern and opposition to the implications of this legislation, underscoring the tensions between Mexico and Texas on immigration policy.

Bus company sued by New York agrees to stop transporting migrants from Texas

La Opinión - March 20, 2024

Roadrunner Charters Inc, a bus company sued by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, has agreed to cease transporting asylum seekers from Texas to New York while the lawsuit is resolved. The city accuses several companies of violating New York's Social Services Law, arguing that they should share the costs associated with taking in migrants. The lawsuit is part of a broader dispute over responsibility for costs associated with the arrival of migrants, in which it is seeking compensation of approximately $708 million.

Community leaders and some aldermen want no more migrant evictions in Chicago shelters

La Raza - 20 March 2024

In Chicago, there have been calls for the elimination of the 60-day limit for migrants to stay in temporary shelters, a limit imposed by Mayor Brandon Johnson's administration. Although there are exceptions, the eviction of some migrants has already begun. Community leaders and councilmembers are demanding that the situation be addressed on a case-by-case basis, arguing that the evictions increase confusion and pressure on the city's social services. More than 37,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago since August 2022, with the city currently housing about 65,000 and facing projected costs of $10 billion by 2025 related to their reception.

ERO arrests Honduran fugitive foreign national

ICE - March 20, 2024

ERO New Orleans arrested a fugitive Honduran national, wanted for murder in his home country, in Bossier City, Louisiana, on Feb. 27. He entered the U.S. illegally and was previously arrested for local offenses and illegal entry, being removed in 2018. Honduras issued a warrant for his arrest for murder in 2018. He was identified and arrested again in 2024 by the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office for driving while intoxicated. He will remain in ICE custody pending an immigration hearing.

ERO Philadelphia removes foreign fugitive wanted for drug trafficking in Honduras

ICE - March 20, 2024

ERO Philadelphia removed Anthony Eduardo Murillo Oliva, a Honduran national and fugitive wanted in Honduras for drug possession with intent to traffic, to Honduras on March 18. Murillo entered the U.S. in 2023 and was transferred to ERO Philadelphia in December 2023. An immigration judge ordered his removal in February 2024. ERO focuses on the removal of individuals who pose a threat to U.S. public safety.

ERO New York arrests Colombian national previously removed and convicted of conspiracy to distribute narcotics

ICE - March 20, 2024

ERO New York arrested a Colombian national previously removed and convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin. He was arrested without incident in Queens, New York on March 18 and will remain in custody pending his removal to Colombia. He entered the U.S. legally in 1988, was convicted in 1998, and removed in 2001. Illegally re-entered the U.S. on an unknown date.

87 undocumented immigrants found in train gondolas in northern Mexico

El Diario NY - March 20, 2024

Mexico's National Migration Institute, in collaboration with other government entities, discovered 87 undocumented migrants in gondolas on a train in Empalme, Sonora. The migrants, from seven different countries, included families, adults traveling alone, and unaccompanied minors, mostly from Guatemala and Ecuador. Following the discovery, they received medical assistance from the Red Cross and were processed for immigration proceedings. The minors and families are in the custody of the Sonora DIF, while the adults were transferred to the INM in Hermosillo. This event underscores the continued migratory flow through Mexico to the United States, in a context where asylum applications in Mexico increased by 18.2% in 2023, reaching a record 140,982 requests.

Venezuelan migration through the Darien jungle: Migrants tell their stories

Voice of America - March 20, 2024

Venezuelan migrants continue their arduous journey to the United States through the dangerous Darien jungle on the Colombia-Panama border. Despite the risks and difficulties, these brave travelers share their experiences and the hope that drives them to face this challenge in search of a better future.


A few tacos or the "dinerito": this is what makes Latinos in the U.S. happy.

Telemundo News - March 20, 2024

As part of the International Day of Happiness, a survey reveals that although the U.S. ranks 23rd in the ranking of the happiest countries, led by Finland, Latinos in the U.S. find happiness in simple pleasures such as enjoying tacos or having a little extra "dinero". This study underscores Latinos' ability to find joy in the little things in life, despite everyday challenges.

Finland, the happiest country in the world for the seventh time in a row

DW English - March 20, 2024

For the seventh consecutive year, Finland is crowned as the happiest country in the world according to the UN report, remaining at the top of a list that evaluates the well-being and satisfaction of citizens around the world. Meanwhile, countries such as the United States and Germany experience a decline in the ranking. Afghanistan ranks at the bottom of the list, highlighting the vast differences in living conditions and happiness globally.

Running to find herself

DW English - March 20, 2024

Tenzin Dolma, a woman from northern India, breaks with social conventions by running ultra-marathons. This activity not only represents a physical challenge, but also a form of self-affirmation and a search for independence in a society that traditionally limits the role of women.

Grandmother in El Salvador goes to live as a hermit on a remote mountain

Al Rojo Vivo - March 20, 2024

A grandmother in El Salvador has made the decision to live away from civilization, in the solitude of a remote mountain. Her choice of life, marked by simplicity and detachment from modern complications, highlights a profound contrast with the everyday life of the majority, showing a personal search for peace and tranquility.


I have used an artificial intelligence tool, programmed with specific instructions, to summarize each article or video. These summaries provide a quick overview of the most important topics.

While these summaries are intended to be accurate, it is critical to read the articles or watch the full videos for a complete understanding. I share this information to help you be informed, but the final interpretation of each article or video is up to you.

As the distributor of this information, I assume no responsibility for the details or interpretations of the summaries. My goal is to provide you with quick and efficient access to the most important immigration news, helping you stay informed and connected to your community.


News and information found on the Internet is of a general nature and should not be construed as specific legal advice for any individual, case or situation.

Anyone who has questions about U.S. immigration law, including whether or not a particular immigration law applies to his or her situation, should immediately seek advice from a licensed and experienced U.S. immigration attorney to determine his or her immigration legal options.

Avoid being victim of immigration fraud and never consult with notaries, immigration consultants, paper-fillers, multi-services and others. unlicensed persons to obtain immigration legal advice.

Nelson A. Castillo is an immigration attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience and author of La Tarjeta Verde: Cómo Obtener la Residencia Permanente en los Estados Unidos (Green Card: How to Obtain Permanent Residence in the United States). He is a former President of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Westlake South Neighborhood Council of Los Angeles.

For information on how to schedule an immigration consultation with Dr. Castillo, click here. click here.