Immigration news today 28 February 2024

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Studies show the great contribution of immigrants to the U.S. economy.

Telemundo News - February 27, 2024

Immigrants have been responsible for 50% of U.S. labor market growth between January 2023 and 2024, contributing significantly to the economy. Experts predict a $7 trillion increase over the next decade thanks to this sector, highlighting the vital importance of non-U.S.-born workers in strengthening the country's economy.

50-year-old Hispanic mother surprised by quinceañera party

Univision News - February 27, 2024

Merida Garcia Ramirez, a Guatemalan mother who migrated to the U.S. at the age of 22, receives the surprise of her life when her daughters celebrate her 50th birthday with a quinceañera party. This touching event highlights the importance of traditions and family love, showing Mérida's effort and dedication to her family.

Dominicans proudly celebrate their independence

Telemundo News - February 27, 2024

The Dominican community commemorates the 180th anniversary of its independence from Haiti, a historic milestone celebrated with pride and patriotic fervor. This report highlights the importance of this day in Dominican national identity and its resonance among Dominicans around the world.

Janitors who clean South Florida offices, many of them immigrants, fight for better wages

El Nuevo Herald - February 27, 2024

South Florida janitors, mostly immigrant women and members of the 32BJ SEIU union, march through Miami demanding fair wages, more full-time jobs, and additional benefits. This union movement, which represents some 1,500 workers in buildings in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, seeks to improve working conditions and wages for its members. The fight for a living wage reflects the difficult working conditions and high cost of living faced by these essential workers, many of whom are immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean seeking the American dream in the United States.

New York Mayor Eric Adams calls for change to sanctuary city status, sparks controversy

La Opinión - February 27, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has proposed to modify sanctuary city laws to allow for the deportation of immigrants who commit serious crimes. This proposal, which seeks to facilitate communication with federal ICE agents for the deportation of immigrants suspected of crimes, has generated controversy and criticism. While some Republican voices welcome the initiative, immigrant rights groups, such as the Legal Aid Society, express alarm at what they see as a threat to due process and the orderly administration of justice. This proposal comes against a backdrop of growing concern about crimes committed by immigrants, although advocacy groups stress that nationality or immigration status should not be used to make generalizations about large groups of people.

NY Mayor suggests changing sanctuary law and facilitating deportation of migrants who commit crimes

Univision News - February 27, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is proposing to modify the sanctuary law to allow for the deportation of undocumented immigrants involved in serious crimes. This initiative seeks to improve citizen security by allowing collaboration with ICE in specific cases, marking a possible significant change in the city's policy towards immigrants.

Adams proposes that New York cease to be a sanctuary city

Telemundo News - February 27, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is suggesting a revision of the sanctuary city law to allow for the surrender of migrants who commit serious crimes to ICE for deportation. This proposal seeks more direct collaboration with federal authorities in handling migrants involved in criminal activity, representing a significant change in the city's immigration policy.

Authorities found 87 migrants crammed in the basement of a New York City home

La Opinión - February 27, 2024

On Monday, in Queens County, New York, 87 people were discovered living in an overcrowded basement and subsequently moved to a migrant shelter. This discovery reflects the asylum crisis facing New York, exacerbated by the Texas government's policy of sending immigrants to Democratic cities. The city, obligated to shelter those who request it, has opened multiple centers to house these individuals. The increase in shelter capacity has generated protests from neighbors in Queens, concerned about the city's management and recent violent crimes involving migrants.

ERO Boston arrests Guatemalan national convicted of child sexual assault in Massachusetts - February 27, 2024

On February 21, ERO Boston arrested a 34-year-old Guatemalan national, unlawfully present and recently convicted of indecent assault and battery on a 14-year-old minor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Although the Gloucester District Court released him in disregard of ERO Boston's immigration detainer, he was apprehended as part of a nationwide effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that resulted in the apprehension of 275 unlawfully present non-citizen sex offenders. The Guatemalan, who entered the U.S. illegally in April 2011, will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings before a federal immigration judge.

Venezuelan migrant arrested in Virginia for sexual assault on a minor

La Opinión - February 27, 2024

Renzo Mendoza Montes, a 32-year-old Venezuelan migrant, was arrested in Virginia on two felony charges related to the sexual assault of a minor. Mendoza, who entered the U.S. illegally and was released by the Border Patrol in Texas, is now in ICE custody without bond. This case adds to other recent incidents involving migrants in serious crimes, including another Honduran migrant arrested for child pornography and a Venezuelan accused of murder in Georgia, raising concerns about the criminal behavior of some newly arrived migrants.

Venezuelan organization deplores 'heinous' crimes allegedly committed by migrants

El Nuevo Herald - February 27, 2024

The Miami-based Venezuela Awareness Foundation expressed concern over recent "serious and egregious" crimes committed by Venezuelan migrants in the U.S., which it believes damage the image of the Venezuelan community in the country. The foundation advocates for more effective border controls to prevent individuals prone to committing crimes from entering the United States. This statement comes in the wake of several violent and criminal incidents involving Venezuelan migrants, including the murder of a student in Georgia and a child assault case in New York, intensifying the debate over the Biden administration's immigration policy.

Georgia Latinos reject anti-immigrant rhetoric unleashed in wake of college crime

El Diario NY - February 27, 2024

Latino groups in Georgia have expressed concern over the rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric following the murder of Laken Riley at the University of Georgia, allegedly by a Venezuelan immigrant. The Latino Community Fund of Georgia has reported instances of people expressing desires to "hunt immigrants," describing these narratives as harmful and a real threat. The Latino community, fearful, has taken precautionary measures such as removing their contact information from websites. Students and organizations warn against generalization and racism, stressing that nationality, race or immigration status should not be used to stigmatize large groups of people. The situation has mobilized political leaders and the university community in search of justice and against the use of the incident to foment xenophobia.

New details of the murder of Laken Riley, student found dead at University of Georgia

Univision News - February 27, 2024

The case of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student found dead at the University of Georgia, deepens with the implication of the main suspect, Jose Ibarra, an undocumented Venezuelan immigrant. He is accused of disfiguring Riley's skull with a blunt object and concealing her body, highlighting the brutality of the crime.

55% of Americans believe that immigrants entering illegally are a critical threat

El Diario NY - February 27, 2024

A recent Gallup poll reveals that 55% of Americans view the number of immigrants entering the country illegally as a critical threat to vital U.S. interests, setting a record high compared to previous years. Immigration has positioned itself as the most important issue for citizens, surpassing government management and the economy. This significant shift in public perception reflects an increase in concern about illegal immigration, with 28% of respondents naming immigration as the country's top problem. Concern is particularly high among Republicans, with 57% identifying immigration as the most important problem. The survey also highlights regional differences in perceptions of the problem, being most pronounced in the Eastern and Southern United States.

Immigration emerges as the most important problem

Gallup, Inc. - February 27, 2024

A recent Gallup poll, conducted Feb. 1-20, reveals a marked increase in the perception of immigration as the most important issue facing the United States, cited by 28% of Americans, up from 20% the previous month. This is the first time since 2019 that immigration is positioned as the top problem, surpassing other issues such as government, the economy and inflation. The increase in concern over immigration coincides with failed bipartisan negotiations on immigration reform and a record number of border crossings in recent months. In addition, a record 55% of U.S. adults view illegal immigration as a critical threat to vital U.S. interests, up eight points from last year. Congressional job approval has declined, possibly related to its unsuccessful efforts on immigration, falling to 12%, the lowest since November 2015.

Concern over immigration among U.S. voters is on the rise

El Tiempo Latino - February 27, 2024

A new Gallup poll highlights that immigration has emerged as the issue of greatest concern to U.S. voters, surpassing other critical issues such as the economy and inflation. This shift marks the first time since 2019 that immigration is positioned as the most important issue in the U.S., with 28% of voters considering it their top concern, a significant increase of eight percentage points since January. This increase in concern comes against a backdrop of intensifying debate over immigration reform and rising immigration arrivals, reflecting growing anxiety among the U.S. population about the challenges immigration poses to the country.

Climate migration to be addressed for the first time in the Inter-American Human Rights System

El Nuevo Herald - February 27, 2024

For the first time, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will address the issue of climate migration in Latin America and the Caribbean in response to the growing displacement of people due to the effects of climate change. During its 189th Regular Session in Washington, D.C., the IACHR will hear testimonies from individuals affected by environmental disasters. It is projected that between 31 and 143 million people will be displaced by this cause by 2050. The hearing seeks to explore normative gaps and legal protection needs for these people, seeking effective responses that guarantee human rights in the face of forced displacement and the search for international protection.

Trilateral Ministerial Meeting on Migration with Guatemala, Mexico and the U.S.

U.S. Department of State - February 27, 2024

On February 28, 2024, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will host a Trilateral Ministerial Meeting on Migration with Guatemala and Mexico in Washington, DC. The meeting, which will also be attended by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and other senior U.S. officials, will focus on strengthening the humane management of migration, addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displacement, and expanding legal pathways in the Western Hemisphere. This meeting seeks to strengthen trilateral collaboration on migration issues, highlighting the importance of joint and humane management of this global challenge.

Biden faces criticism, possible legal challenges over plan to restrict asylum for migrants

La Opinión - February 27, 2024

President Joe Biden, who could sign an executive order imposing asylum restrictions by March 7, faces criticism and possible legal challenges. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) anticipates legal challenges to the measure, which would deny asylum to irregular entrants and close the border to an increase in migrant arrivals. This executive action, seen as an attempt to improve Biden's popularity before the presidential elections, coincides with his visit to the border in Brownsville, Texas, and the simultaneous visit of former President Donald Trump to Eagle Pass, Texas. Vanessa Cardenas of America's Voice sees this as an opportunity for Biden to highlight his immigration vision by contrasting it with Trump's.

Has Joe Biden's stance on immigration changed ahead of this 2024 election?

Univision News - February 27, 2024

Maca Casado, spokesperson for the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign, discusses with Jorge Ramos the Biden administration's efforts on border security and immigration, highlighting Biden's plans if re-elected. The conversation highlights the relevance of these issues in the electoral context, focusing on how Biden seeks to address them for his potential second term.

Biden and Trump to visit U.S. southern border on Thursday

Voice of America - February 27, 2024

The importance of the immigration issue in the current political context is evident with the scheduled visits of Joe Biden and Donald Trump to Texas border cities. These visits underscore the weight that migration has in the political and electoral debate in the United States, highlighting the different perspectives and policies proposed by each political figure.

"They're just coming to take their pictures": Biden and Trump's border visits

Telemundo News - February 27, 2024

This report criticizes the effectiveness of border visits by political figures such as Biden and Trump, especially in campaign contexts. Gerardo Morales, Maverick County Commissioner, expresses skepticism about the true impact of these visits, suggesting that they are more like symbolic gestures with no real consequences for the complex situation on the border.

The stark contrasts of the migration crisis from the banks of the Rio Grande River

Telemundo News - February 27, 2024

This report illustrates the acute migration crisis at the Rio Grande border, highlighting the presence of fences and national guards on one side, while on the other, migrant camps await an opportunity to cross. The situation reflects a national reality of stark contrasts and humanitarian challenges.

Hundreds of migrants irregularly cross US border through San Diego

Voice of America - February 27, 2024

San Diego, California, has experienced an average daily flow of 600 migrants in the last week, evidencing intense migration activity in this border area. Bus stations have become congregation points for many new arrivals, underscoring the continued pressure on local infrastructure and resources.

Arizona proposes to legalize ranchers to kill immigrants crossing private property

Telemundo News - February 27, 2024

Arizona lawmakers have advanced a legislative proposal that would allow ranchers to use lethal force against immigrants who enter their private property. The amendment to HB 2843 would expand the so-called "Castle Doctrine," which currently authorizes the use of lethal force inside the home. The measure, which faces a possible veto from Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs, has raised concerns among Democratic lawmakers and activists who see it as a threat to the human rights of immigrants. The proposal comes in the context of a recent case in which an Arizona rancher was accused of killing an unarmed migrant crossing his property.

Bill to criminalize irregular immigration in Arizona moves forward

Voice of America - February 27, 2024

Arizona is proposing legislation that would make undocumented immigration a state crime, following similar steps to Texas' SB1070. These measures have raised concerns due to the potential economic and social consequences, reminiscent of the boycotts and economic losses faced by Arizona more than a decade ago.


U.S. Department of Labor recovers $180K for 22 workers denied overtime pay by Sacramento restaurant employer

U.S. Department of Labor - February 28, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has recovered $180,000 for 22 workers at Los Inmortales Taqueria in Sacramento, California, who were denied overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The investigation revealed that the employer paid overtime at regular and cash rates without keeping accurate records. In addition to back wages, the employer was fined $7,980 for willful violations. This case underscores the Department of Labor's commitment to ensuring that workers receive every dollar they deserve and the availability of compliance assistance tools to prevent violations.

Which will be the largest municipality in El Salvador as of May 1st?

La Prensa Grafica - February 27, 2024

El Salvador will undergo a significant municipal reorganization as of May 1, reducing the number of municipalities from 262 to 44. This transformation will see San Salvador Centro become the municipality with the largest population, housing 743,781 inhabitants in an area of 104.6 square kilometers. In contrast, La Unión Norte will establish itself as the largest municipality in terms of surface area, with 1,155.7 square kilometers, surpassing even the total size of several Salvadoran departments. This structural change not only redefines the country's political geography but also poses challenges and opportunities in municipal administration, highlighting the need to adapt to a new territorial and demographic reality in El Salvador.

She played with doll cars and today is the only woman in Latin America who repairs Porsche cars.

Al Rojo Vivo - February 27, 2024

Daniela Parra, who played with doll cars as a child, has become the only woman in Latin America specialized in repairing Porsche cars. From changing oil to repairing engines, Daniela has demonstrated her skill and dedication in a field traditionally dominated by men, earning the admiration and respect of her co-workers.

U.S. announces new projects to support climate adaptation and resilience in the Caribbean

U.S. Department of State - February 26, 2024

At the 46th Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Georgetown, Guyana, the United States, through USAID, announced more than US$43 million in funding, including US$15.8 million in new funds to address climate and biodiversity threats in the Caribbean. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield highlighted this commitment as part of the effort to strengthen climate adaptation and resilience in the region, in line with the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the 2030 Climate Crisis (PACC 2030). Projects will focus on protecting marine biodiversity, strengthening water security in Haiti, and unlocking climate finance to increase climate resilience in the Caribbean.

Two fugitives accused of kidnapping migrants in Texas are arrested in Michoacan, Mexico

La Opinión - February 27, 2024

Lorie Lin Flowers and Santiago Hernandez Jr., fugitives accused of kidnapping several undocumented immigrants in Texas, were arrested in Michoacan, Mexico. Both face federal charges for their alleged involvement in the violent kidnapping of three individuals in March 2023, part of a human smuggling operation that began in Eagle Pass. The suspects, who were part of an 11-member gang, allegedly held the victims hostage in Houston-area hotels, using videos of the beaten migrants to demand ransoms from their families. Two hostages were released after ransom was paid, while a police operation rescued the remaining hostage, resulting in the death of one of the kidnappers by an FBI agent.

Increased violence in Ciudad Juarez worries migrant population

Voice of America - February 27, 2024

Increasing violence in Ciudad Juarez, located on Mexico's northern border, has generated an atmosphere of fear among migrants seeking to reach the United States. This increased insecurity adds another layer of challenge to their already arduous journeys, further complicating their aspirations and safety in their journey to a new life.

Almost 70,000 migrants crossed the Darien jungle in 2024, according to Panamanian government

CNN in English - February 27, 2024

In 2024, close to 70,000 migrants crossed the dangerous Darien jungle between Colombia and Panama, seeking to reach the United States. This massive flow of people reflects the acute migration crisis in the region. Despite perceptions of increased crime associated with migration, recent studies highlight the potential of migrants to contribute to local economies in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the World Bank and UNHCR.

The two faces of Milei's unprecedented "adjustment" in Argentina

BBC News World - February 27, 2024

The government of President Javier Milei in Argentina has achieved a fiscal surplus for the first time in over a decade, marking a milestone in its economic management. However, this achievement is accompanied by an increase in poverty levels, reportedly exceeding 57%, reflecting the difficult decisions and their impact on Argentine society.


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