Immigration news today 25 March 2024

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IMMIGRATION NEWS IN THE UNITED STATES

USCIS Announces Reopening of Local Office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

USCIS - March 22, 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reopened its office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to increase refugee processing capacity and facilitate family reunification. USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou noted that this reopening is part of the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to safe and orderly legal processes, and reflects the effort to expand USCIS' presence outside the U.S. The office, located at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, will handle interviews, application processing, document verification and essential fraud detection activities. It will be available by appointment only and its opening marks Tegucigalpa as USCIS' ninth international office.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Burma (Myanmar) for Temporary Protected Status

USCIS - March 22, 2024

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has extended and redesignated Burma (Myanmar) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from May 26, 2024 to November 25, 2025. This decision is in response to extraordinary conditions in Burma, including the military coup in 2021, which preclude safe return. Approximately 2,300 current beneficiaries will be able to retain TPS if they meet the eligibility requirements, while an additional 7,300 nationals will be able to apply for TPS for the first time. The redesignation allows eligible nationals who established U.S. residency prior to March 21, 2024, and who have continuously resided in the country, to apply for TPS and employment authorization.

CBP releases February 2024 monthly update

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - March 22, 2024

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released February 2024 operational statistics, highlighting a significant increase in the interdiction of dangerous drugs. Troy A. Miller, senior officer, highlighted the 294% increase in methamphetamine interdiction, 164% in heroin, and 140% in cocaine compared to January. CBP continues to work closely with ICE and USCIS to process and remove individuals without lawful basis to remain in the U.S., having removed or returned more than 593,000 individuals since May 2023. In addition, CBP continues to promote the use of safe and legal avenues for migration, such as the CBP One™ mobile app, and has stepped up efforts to rescue migrants in distress, with 434 rescues made in February alone.

ICE conducts removal flights of single adults, family units on March 22nd

ICE - March 22, 2024

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted removal flights of single adults and family units between March 18-22 to several Latin American countries and Mexico. These actions are part of efforts to quickly process and remove individuals without a legal basis to remain in the U.S. in compliance with U.S. law. From May 2023 through March 2024, more than 617,000 individuals have been removed or returned, with the vast majority crossing the southwest border. This process includes an assessment to determine whether individuals have valid claims of protection under U.S. law and international obligations. ICE coordinates closely with other Department of Homeland Security agencies and the Executive Office for Immigration Review to ensure an orderly and humane process.

ERO Newark arrests Brazilian national wanted for murder and attempted murder in Brazil

ICE - March 22, 2024

Newark Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Brazilian national in Newark, New Jersey, on March 19, wanted in Brazil to serve a sentence of 17 years and 4 months for intentional murder and attempted murder. This arrest, the result of a carefully planned operation, underscores the collaboration between ERO and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The individual, who entered the U.S. illegally, was detained and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings. This case highlights ICE's commitment to public safety and enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

VIDEO: How a Texas sheriff rescued a migrant abandoned by smugglers in the desert

La Opinión - March 21, 2024

A touching video shows the moment when a Texas sheriff rescues an 18-year-old migrant abandoned by smugglers in the desert. The migrant, originally from Tehuacán, Puebla, is moved by the sight of the officer, who hugs him and begs to be taken back to his mother. This incident underscores the dangerous reality of migrants abandoned in extreme conditions by "polleros" who charge for safe passage to the U.S. but do not deliver. Despite Texas' harsh immigration policies, the officer shows compassion, offering help to the desperate young man. The story illustrates the humanitarian crisis at the border and the debate surrounding Texas' SB4 law, criticized by Mexico as xenophobic.

Thousands of migrants wait at Mexico's southern border

Telemundo News - March 24, 2024

At Mexico's southern border near the Suchiate River, thousands of migrants wait to continue their journey north. Activists warn of the exploitation and dangers faced by these people, underscoring the need for a stronger humanitarian response to protect their rights and well-being.

Border arrests rise in February over previous month

Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

The number of arrests at the US border experienced an increase in February, with a total of 140,644 apprehensions, highlighting the growing tension in immigration policy. Governor Abbott comments on the alleged increased danger of migrants in this period, intensifying the debate on border security measures.

Rubber bullets fired at migrants blocking U.S.-Mexico border reinforcement

Univision News - March 23, 2024

In an attempt to stop the reinforcement of the US-Mexico border, a group of migrants confronted authorities, who responded by firing rubber bullets. The incident underscores the tension in the border area, where a cyclone fence was recently torn down, allowing hundreds of migrants to pass through. It highlights the ongoing challenges in managing border security and the treatment of migrants seeking to enter the US.

Border Patrol chief demands punishment for migrants who breached fence

Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol is calling for stiff penalties against migrants who recently stormed a checkpoint in El Paso, Texas. The demand includes imprisonment and a ban on re-entry into the country, reflecting growing pressure on immigration enforcement policies.

Border fence reinforced after massive migrant crossing: "It was a mistake".

Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

Following a massive migrant crossing in El Paso, Texas, where around 400 people, mainly from Venezuela, Colombia and El Salvador, broke through a National Guard checkpoint, authorities have decided to tighten border security. This event underscores the tension at the border and the complexity of the migration crisis, according to Telemundo News.

New U.S. budget will affect organizations that help migrants

The Voice of America - March 23, 2024

The new proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security could have significant consequences for migrant support organizations, with an allocation of US$61.8 billion focused primarily on law enforcement. This change in funding distribution suggests a reduction in resources for those entities dedicated to migrant assistance, as Paula Diaz explains.

200,000 deportation cases have been refused because DHS failed to produce documents.

Univision - March 22, 2024

A clerical error by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has led to the dismissal of approximately 200,000 deportation cases since 2021 due to the failure to file Notices to Appear (NTAs) with the Immigration Court. This situation has led to unnecessary delays in court and for immigrants, primarily affecting asylum seekers who are unable to move their cases forward. Syracuse University's TRAC revealed that the backlog of cases in Immigration Court exceeds 3.4 million, exacerbating congestion in the system. DHS has improved NTA filing in FY 2024, but the number of cases dismissed due to the absence of this document remains significantly high.

This city lives off the work migrants do in its slaughterhouses, but is unsure whether it wants to let them live there

NBC News/Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

Fremont, Nebraska, faces a paradox: its meat processing plants depend on migrant labor, but a local law attempts to prohibit undocumented immigrants from living in the city. Although migrant labor is needed to sustain local industry, since 2010, an ordinance requires tenants to prove their legal status in the U.S. This measure has generated controversy and has not stopped the flow of immigrants, who have transformed the local demographics and economy. The Latino population has grown significantly, contributing to the community and the labor sector, despite legal restrictions and debate about their presence in the city.

Biden campaign and Trump PAC launch dueling ads on immigration, decisive issue in election

NBC News/Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

In a campaign duel on the immigration issue, Biden and a Trump-supporting super PAC present competing visions. Biden criticizes Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric, promoting a message of inclusion and respect for Latinos. On the other hand, a MAGA Inc ad uses Biden's words against the border wall, suggesting that his policy has caused chaos at the border. This exchange underscores the importance of immigration in the election, with polls showing significant differences in how voters view both candidates on border security and the treatment of immigrants.

El Nuevo Herald - March 24, 2024

The Florida Immigrant Coalition criticizes Governor Ron DeSantis' proposal to implement in Florida a law similar to Texas' SB 4, which would criminalize the unauthorized entry of immigrants. The organization warns of possible civil rights violations and the negative impact on the relationship between the community and the authorities. While DeSantis insists on stricter policies, the coalition calls for humane and orderly pathways for immigration, stressing the importance of respecting civil rights and avoiding unnecessary expense in litigation and anti-immigrant legislation.

Southern border wants an end to Operation Lone Star, which they consider "election theater"

El Diario NY - March 24, 2024

Operation Lone Star, implemented in Texas at a cost of $$10 billion, has transformed life in border communities and has been criticized as mere "electoral theater". Eagle Pass residents, affected by the military presence and deterrent tactics such as barbed wire fences, reject the confrontational rhetoric towards migrants, arguing that their passage is transitory and does not pose a threat. The controversy intensifies with the SB4 bill, which would facilitate the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, adding tension in a region with strong cultural and economic ties on both sides of the border.

What to do if you are stopped under SB4 in Texas

CNN en Español - March 23, 2024

The controversy surrounding the SB4 law in Texas, labeled as anti-immigrant, highlights the importance of knowing the rights of those affected. This video provides essential guidance on how to act in the event of being detained under this law, highlighting the need to be informed about the legal protections available.

How the controversial Texas SB4 law will affect the relationship between the United States and Mexico

CNN en Español - March 23, 2024

Alejandro Celorio Alcántara and Arturo Sarukhán discuss the possible repercussions of SB4 on U.S.-Mexico relations. They mention that this law, which has generated widespread controversy, could have significant effects on bilateral dynamics, especially on migration issues and border cooperation.

March in Texas to repudiate immigration law

The Voice of America - March 23, 2024

In El Paso, Texas, a massive mobilization took place against SB4, known for its restrictive approach to immigration. Hundreds of people marched in repudiation of this legislation, while simultaneously, approximately 500 migrants attempted to cross the border into the United States, reflecting the tension and discontent provoked by this law.

Texas issues stern warnings to migrants: "You're going to get stopped by the police. Go back to Mexico.

El Diario NY - March 24, 2024

In response to the suspension of SB4, Texas intensifies its border control, including the deployment of armed guards and barbed wire to deter migrants in Eagle Pass. Despite the legal suspension, the Texas National Guard has resorted to aggressive tactics such as the use of rubber bullets and tear gas against migrants, causing injuries and exacerbating the conflict in the region. This approach has generated criticism and concern from residents and activists, who lament the militarization of the border and its effects on the local community and migrants.

Texas police use rubber bullets to attack migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

El Diario NY - March 24, 2024

Activists denounce the use of rubber bullets by Texas police against migrants at the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso border as brutal and inhumane. The situation of the injured is complicated by the lack of access to medical care, hygiene, food and water. Migrants are urged to seek refuge and follow the U.S. immigration process in an orderly manner. This incident adds to other deterrents, such as tear gas, and reflects the growing tension and hostility at the border, underscoring the challenges and risks faced by migrants in their search for a better life.

Hispanic pleads guilty to smuggling migrants through border culvert

El Diario NY - March 23, 2024

Kevin Noe Campos Villa, a Mexican-born man, pleaded guilty to smuggling migrants through a border culvert near the San Ysidro port of entry in California. During heavy rains on January 22, Campos took advantage of open sewer grates to facilitate the passage of seven migrants. However, he was detected by Border Patrol agents. Campos and three of the migrants attempted to flee by falling into the Tijuana River and were later rescued. He admitted to accepting $6,000 for his action and building ladders for smugglers. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Venezuelan migrant died in traffic accident in northern Mexico

El Diario NY - March 22, 2024

A Venezuelan migrant, Luis Pastor Quero, died in a traffic accident on the Chihuahua-Juárez highway in northern Mexico. The vehicle in which he was traveling with other migrants, including a child with head trauma and an injured woman, overturned at kilometer 122. The accident, which also left several people injured, highlighted the risks faced by migrants in transit to the U.S. border. Authorities mobilized the injured to hospitals for medical attention, highlighting the efforts of the emergency teams in the rescue.

U.S. Congressmen demand Biden administration fix flaws in asylum application app

El Diario NY - March 22, 2024

Thirty Democratic members of Congress have asked Joe Biden's administration to address deficiencies in the CBP One application, used by asylum seekers to schedule appointments at U.S. ports of entry. The letter sent to Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, highlights problems such as limited access to asylum, language and technology barriers, and security concerns. The congressmen argue that the current process pushes people to wait in Mexico under dangerous conditions, sometimes leading them to cross the border undocumented.

The United States has removed nearly 600,000 undocumented migrants in less than a year

El Diario NY - March 22, 2024

In the last 10 months, the United States has expelled or returned nearly 600,000 foreigners, mainly migrants who crossed the border into Mexico. Although apprehensions for undocumented crossings increased by more than 16,000 in February compared to January, the number is still below the December 2023 record. From May 2023 through February 2024, more than 593,000 aliens have been removed or returned, including more than 93,000 individuals who entered as part of a family. This situation has generated criticism towards Joe Biden's administration and has motivated Republican governors to support stricter state measures against undocumented immigrants.

U.S. and Mexico deported more than 20,000 Guatemalan migrants in 2024

El Diario NY - March 22, 2024

So far in 2024, Guatemala has received 20,018 deported migrants on more than 160 flights from the United States and Mexico, surpassing last year's figures. Three deportation flights from Texas arrived on March 21 with 146 Guatemalans, including 9 girls and 12 boys. This 25% increase in deportations coincides with the strengthening of relations between Joe Biden's administration and Guatemalan President Bernardo Arevalo de Leon. The United States has pledged to invest in Guatemala's development with programs valued at more than $50 million this year, while three million Guatemalans, most of them irregular, reside in the U.S., fleeing poverty and violence in their country.

The immigration bulletin: March 22, 2024

Chicago Tribune - March 22, 2024

The Chicago Tribune has launched a newsletter focused on immigration news in Chicago, offering analysis and tracking of immigration policies and their effects on the city. The newsletter, created by reporters Laura Rodriguez Presa and Nell Salzman, will be sent weekly via email. The recent edition addresses the Texas law SB4, which allows for the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants, and its impact on migrants sent to Chicago by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. It also discusses Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson's actions in dealing with migrants who exceeded the 60-day shelter limit, offering a comprehensive look at the challenges faced by migrants in the city, including evictions and difficulties in obtaining work permits.

Mexico offers economic aid and employment to Venezuelan migrants

Univision News - March 23, 2024

Through the "Vuelve a la Patria" program, Mexico and Venezuela have joined forces to support Venezuelans stranded in Mexico after being deported, offering them US$110 per month for six months. This agreement seeks to facilitate their return and reintegration in Venezuela, opening a new page in bilateral cooperation on migration issues.

OTHER NEWS

Jalapeño Delight, the Hispanic fusion burger chosen as the best burger in the U.S.

The Voice of America - March 23, 2024

"Jalapeño Delight," an innovative Hispanic fusion burger created in Florida, has been recognized as the best in the United States. This dish represents a perfect example of how cuisine can be a cultural meeting point and an engine of culinary creativity.

A holistic and different approach to tackling obesity

The Voice of America - March 23, 2024

A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the growing problem of obesity, promoting holistic treatment. Health professionals are seeking new strategies to address this epidemic, indicating a needed change in the perception and management of obesity.

Human received pig kidney transplant

Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

In a medical milestone, Richard Slayman, a 62-year-old patient with end-stage kidney disease, received a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig at Massachusetts General Hospital. This pioneering procedure could open new avenues for disease treatment and transplantation in the future.

School closures in pandemic caused academic delays

Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

Researchers at Harvard University found that students who spent most of the 2020-2021 school year in virtual classrooms experienced significant delays in their learning, especially in mathematics. This finding highlights the profound impact of the pandemic on education.

Organization helps Latinos caring for family members with Alzheimer's disease

Telemundo News - March 23, 2024

The Alzheimer's Association provides training and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's, a disease that affects nearly 7 million people in the U.S. The Latino community, in particular, is the least likely to seek and receive assistance, underscoring the need for increased awareness and access to resources in these communities.

More U.S. companies no longer ask for a college degree when hiring employees

CNN en Español - March 23, 2024

Hiring trends in the U.S. are changing, with companies becoming more flexible by not requiring college degrees from their candidates. This video highlights how experience and practical skills are gaining ground over formal education, as Maria Lorca explains, evidencing a remarkable shift in the labor market that will affect the most in-demand professions in the next decade.

Would U.S. home prices fall if they eliminated the 6% commission brokers receive?

CNN en Español - March 23, 2024

A potential rule change in the U.S. real estate market could revolutionize the industry by eliminating 6% commissions for brokers. This video with Professor Tobias Pfutze discusses how this measure, pending court approval, could affect property prices, offering a new landscape for buyers and sellers.

Many New Yorkers say they are dissatisfied in their city and want to leave it, poll finds

Univision News - March 23, 2024

A recent survey reveals growing dissatisfaction among New Yorkers, with only 30% expressing satisfaction with living in the Big Apple and 50% considering leaving the city in the next five years. Perceptions of insecurity, highlighted by Eleazar Bueno, chairman of the Manhattan Board 12 Safety Committee, emerges as a key reason behind this dissatisfaction, raising questions about New York's future in terms of livability and safety.

Why shouldn't you let your pet lick your face?

Univision News - March 23, 2024

Dog and cat saliva contains bacteria that can cause serious health problems in humans, from stomach inflammation and fever to more serious diseases such as leptospirosis. This video illustrates the importance of maintaining certain hygienic precautions with our pets, especially by preventing them from licking our faces.

Carlos Franco, the first Mexican to swim in Antarctica's freezing waters

Univision News - March 23, 2024

Carlos Franco has become the first Mexican to achieve the feat of swimming in the icy waters of Antarctica. Preparing himself in extreme conditions, even training in a bathtub inside an ice factory, Franco has inspired many, including his swimming students. This remarkable achievement not only highlights the adventurous spirit and human resilience, but also highlights the importance of training and preparation in the face of extreme challenges.

U.S. sanctions Nicaraguan attorney general

The Voice of America - March 23, 2024

The United States imposed sanctions on Nicaragua's Attorney General for her role in the repression of opponents of the Daniel Ortega regime, marking more than 1,000 sanctions on Nicaraguan officials in the last six years. This act reflects Washington's continued scrutiny and pressure on the Nicaraguan government.

Costa Rica leads Latin America in the use of electric cars

The Voice of America - March 23, 2024

Costa Rica has established itself as a leader in the use of electric vehicles in Latin America since 2018, thanks to government incentives and its commitment to eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2050. This effort reflects the nation's goal to be a model of sustainability and environmental protection.

Massive commemoration in the streets of Argentina on the 48th anniversary of the coup d'état

DW English - March 23, 2024

Thousands of Argentines filled the streets to remember the 48th anniversary of the 1976 coup d'état, an event that deeply marked the country. Plaza de Mayo, among other places, became the stage for memory, truth and justice, highlighting the importance of not forgetting history.

Omar Tello: transforming a pasture into a lush jungle

DW English - March 23, 2024

Omar Tello, in Ecuador, has managed to convert a deforested piece of land into a native forest, demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the environment. His project has not only restored local biodiversity but also inspired other communities to follow his conservation example.

Bolivia begins population and housing census.

DW English - March 23, 2024

Bolivia has begun its population and housing census, an essential process for the distribution of public resources and the redistribution of parliamentary seats and tax revenues. Accompanied by an international commission, this census seeks to ensure a fair and accurate allocation of resources at the national level.

The Guatemalan river that is filling the planet's oceans with plastic | Univision Noticias

Univision News - March 23, 2024

The Las Vacas River in Guatemala, once a source of clean water, has become one of the main pathways of plastic pollution into the oceans. Through the story of Santiago, who collects materials from the river to sell, the video highlights the devastating environmental impact of pollution on aquatic ecosystems and the urgent need for action to mitigate it.

 

Haiti's multi-million dollar indemnity paid to France for its independence

BBC News World - March 23, 2024

Haiti, the first independent country in Latin America, faced an unprecedented demand after its liberation: to pay an indemnity of 150 million francs to France to compensate the colonists for the loss of land and slaves. This payment, which took 122 years to complete, represented a huge financial hurdle for the nation, affecting its development and economy. This video details how this "freedom tax" impacted Haiti and why the debt had such lasting consequences for the country.

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