Immigration news today 29 April 2024

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Disruptions to USCIS Online Tools

USCIS - April 29, 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a scheduled maintenance for the electronic system (CRIS), which will take place from Wednesday, May 1 at 11:50 p.m., through Thursday, May 2 at 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). During this period, users may experience technical problems with various online tools, such as my case status, online query, online change of address, processing times, physician locator, office locator, online filing, my USCIS online account, and the Service Request Management Tool (SRMT).

Workers with H-2A visas will be better protected against retaliation and other abuses in the U.S.

Univision News - April 27, 2024

Temporary agricultural workers on H-2A visas in the U.S. will enjoy greater protections against labor retaliation and other abuses thanks to a new Department of Labor regulation. This includes the right to meet with legal and labor service providers in employer-provided housing, as well as protections against captive audience meetings. The measure, which takes effect June 28, seeks to improve transparency and working conditions for these workers.

U.S. seasonal farm workers will have more protections against retaliation and other abuses

Voice of America - April 28, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor announced regulations granting more protections to temporary agricultural workers in the H-2A program. The new regulations, which go into effect on June 28, include improvements in job security and transportation, and protect workers from retaliation by employers. This positively affects nearly 300,000 workers, primarily Mexican, who perform agricultural labor in the U.S.

She learned from her family and now Karla has a book of Salvadoran recipes.

Telemundo News - April 27, 2024

Karla Vazquez, through the culinary teachings of her family in Los Angeles, has published a book entitled 'Salvisoul', which explores not only recipes but also Salvadoran culture and history. This book, which has been adopted by a major publishing house, celebrates and preserves the rich culinary heritage of El Salvador.

This Chicana is inspired by the stories and flavors of the Latino community to achieve success.

Univision News - April 27, 2024

Debbie Gonzales, creative director of Kids Of Immigrants and founder of El Chilito, a hot sauce brand, shares how her heritage as the children of immigrants has influenced her entrepreneurial and creative vision. Inspired by the stories and flavors of the Latino community, Gonzales has managed to excel in the U.S. business arena.

Activists seek to ask Biden to approve TPS for thousands of Guatemalans in the U.S.

Univision News - April 27, 2024

Guatemalan organizations are petitioning the Biden administration to approve Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemalans residing in the U.S. Walter Batres, director of the Guatemalan Migrant Network, points out that other countries in the region already enjoy this benefit, and he does not understand why Guatemala is the exception. A vigil is being organized in front of the White House to promote this petition.

U.S. and Brazilian officials to discuss migration challenges in the region

Voice of America - April 28, 2024

U.S. and Brazilian officials will meet in Washington to discuss migration policies and challenges in Latin America, including refugee protection and regional coordination on migration management. The Brazilian delegation, led by senior officials, will address humanitarian issues and support for host communities. This dialogue underscores the importance of international cooperation in the face of complex migration challenges in the hemisphere.

"We are afraid that the U.S. will deport us for protesting at the university against the war in Gaza."

La Opinión - April 26, 2024

Undocumented Columbia University students, Alejandra and Mario, fear deportation for participating in pro-Palestinian protests. Despite having full scholarships and not needing to prove their immigration status, they face the risk of detention and deportation if arrested during the demonstrations. The university administration has responded to the protests with harsh measures, including the arrest of more than 100 protesters, which has intensified fear among the students.

ICE conducts removal flights of single adults, family units on April 26th

ICE - April 26, 2024

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted removal flights for single adults and families as part of its regular operations. These flights included destinations to several Latin American and Caribbean countries, emphasizing ICE's standard procedure to quickly process and deport individuals with no legal basis to remain in the U.S. This process highlights the ongoing deportation policies and humanitarian implications related to family separation.

Immigration court caseload on the rise; deportations on the rise

Las Américas Newspaper - April 28, 2024

In the midst of an unprecedented immigration crisis, U.S. immigration courts face a record caseload, with more than 1,155,024 new filings in fiscal year 2024. The Biden administration has allowed the entry of 1.7 million aliens in six months, with a 50% increase in deportation orders issued by immigration judges. The cities most affected include New York and Miami, where the capacity to receive more migrants has been overwhelmed.

Nearly 10 million have entered through border under Biden's presidency

Las Américas Newspaper - April 27, 2024

During Joe Biden's presidency, nearly 10 million migrants have crossed the southern border of the United States, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This situation has made the border crisis a central issue in the upcoming presidential election. Large cities, such as New York, have declared their inability to take in more migrants, and at least ten states have enacted strict laws against undocumented immigration.

U.S. and Mexican elections, misinformation motivate migration

El Nuevo Herald - April 28, 2024

Presidential elections in the US and Mexico, combined with widespread misinformation, are driving an increase in migrant caravans. According to research from universities in Texas and Chihuahua, smugglers exploit migrants' hopes with false promises about the asylum process and ease of entry into the US, exacerbating the migration crisis. This phenomenon is closely linked to the strategies of criminals who seek to profit from the vulnerability of people on the move.

Top 10 U.S. areas with the most migrants who have recently received deportation orders

Univision News - April 27, 2024

During the first half of fiscal year 2024, approximately 500,000 immigrants were deported from the United States, and another 137,000 received deportation orders. This statistic is primarily concentrated in ten specific geographic areas of the country, highlighting the regions where the measure has most intensely impacted the migrant community.

U.S. authorities arrest migrant who rescued baby in jungle

Telemundo News - April 27, 2024

Alejandro Bueno, the migrant who became known for rescuing a baby in the jungle, was arrested in the U.S. after crossing the border through Texas and voluntarily surrendering to the Border Patrol. He is currently in a detention center in Mississippi, where he has contacted Telemundo News to share his story.

Immigrants working as manicurists in the U.S. earn low wages and are exposed to health problems

CNN en Español - April 27, 2024

A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Labor Center and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative reveals the difficult working conditions of immigrant manicurists in the U.S., primarily Vietnamese women. Problems include low wages and exposure to health risks, underscoring the need for improvements in working conditions in this sector.

Family of migrant who was shot to death in Arizona demands justice

Telemundo News - April 27, 2024

The family of Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, a Mexican migrant who was shot to death near the border with Nogales, Arizona, is demanding justice. The trial against George Alan Kelly, the defendant, was mistried after the jury failed to reach an agreement. The community and family remember Cuen-Buitimea and continue their fight for justice in this case.

Living in tents in Los Angeles because, they say, shelters want to charge them

Telemundo News - April 27, 2024

In Los Angeles, seven families with 10 children have opted to live in tents on Skid Row after being unable to afford shelter costs, which required up to $300 after a three-month stay. This situation highlights the economic hardship and lack of adequate support for homeless people in the city.

El Diario NY - April 27, 2024

Texas has faced a legal defeat in its attempt to defend the installation of buoys in the Rio Grande as part of Operation Lone Star to control migration. Federal Judge David Alan Ezra ruled that Texas, being a sovereign state, cannot take actions that contravene federal laws, such as the U.S. Rivers and Harbors Act. This decision underscores the limitation on states to implement measures that affect navigation and the international treaty of the Rio Grande.

Rescue of 8 immigrant children abandoned on a raft on the Rio Grande River

La Opinión - April 26, 2024

Eight immigrant children, between the ages of 6 and 13, were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas. They were found in a deflating raft after the adult accompanying them, presumably a smuggler, abandoned the boat and returned to Mexico. The children were turned over to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and received medical attention with no reported injuries.

Crossings increased in San Diego after increased checkpoints in Texas and Arizona

Telemundo News - April 27, 2024

Increased border controls in Texas and Arizona have shifted some of the migration flow to San Diego, where a notable increase in illegal crossings was detected. From April 17-23, 9,513 migrants were apprehended in San Diego, highlighting a shift in migration routes due to stricter policies implemented by other states.

San Francisco ERO expels Mexican fugitive wanted for homicide

ICE - April 26, 2024

San Francisco's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) office deported a Mexican fugitive wanted for murder. This individual was transferred to Mexican authorities at the San Ysidro port of entry after a legal process in which his removal was confirmed. This case underscores ICE's operations to deport individuals who pose a threat to public safety, demonstrating international law enforcement collaboration.

Justice sought in murder of Hispanic mother and daughter: woman's partner confessed to crime

Univision News - April 27, 2024

In Florida, the Guatemalan community is in shock after the murder of Amalia and her 4-year-old daughter Estrella. Angel Gabriel Cuz-Choc, Amalia's partner, has been arrested and confessed to the crime. The tragic event has resonated in the community, where people are clamoring for justice for the victims.

Congress expands warrantless surveillance of immigrants traveling to the U.S.

Immigration Impact - April 26, 2024

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that expands warrantless surveillance of immigrants traveling to the country. The new legislation allows for the collection of communications from non-U.S. persons without a warrant, extending the government's surveillance capabilities on individuals seeking to enter the United States. This increased surveillance has raised concerns about the privacy and legality of the monitoring practices, especially the inclusion of citizens and permanent residents in the intercepted communications.


Migrants' fears of organized crime grow after latest massacre in northern Mexico

La Opinión - April 28, 2024

Fear among migrants of organized crime has increased dramatically in northern Mexico following the discovery of the bodies of nine people, presumed victims of the fight for control of migrant smuggling. Migrants face extreme violence, including kidnappings and murders, while crossing Mexico. Despite laws designed to protect them, the victimization of migrants by criminals and sometimes by the authorities themselves persists, exacerbating insecurity and distrust of institutions.

Three migrants died after being run over by a truck in southern Mexico

La Opinión - April 28, 2024

Three migrants were killed and one injured when they were hit by a truck on the Pan-American Highway in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. These migrants, part of a caravan heading north from Tapachula, reflect the extreme dangers they face in transit through Mexico, often marked by tragic accidents on routes dominated by heavy vehicles. This incident underscores the International Organization for Migration's statement on the dangerousness of the land migration route between Mexico and the United States.

President Biden's Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House - April 27, 2024

President Biden, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, touched on light and serious topics, ranging from politics to the importance of a free press. He highlighted the critical role of journalism in keeping citizens informed and protecting democracy, especially in times of misinformation. Biden emphasized his commitment to preserving an America where "freedom and democracy endure," calling on the press to help ensure that American democracy continues.

U.S. prohibits employers from imposing contracts with non-compete clauses

CNN en Español - April 27, 2024

The U.S. government has implemented a new regulation that prohibits employers from requiring their employees to sign contracts with non-compete clauses, seeking to promote freedom and competition in the labor market. Isaac Cohen, an expert in economics and finance, explains the importance of this measure to improve working conditions and encourage innovation.

What effect does coffee have on the body?

BBC World - April 27, 2024

Coffee, consumed for over fifteen hundred years, has not only been a globally preferred beverage but has also played a role in important historical events such as the Enlightenment. This BBC Mundo video explores how the main active ingredient, caffeine, affects the body and why it is considered the most consumed psychoactive drug in the world.

Meet the 60-year-old woman crowned winner of Miss Buenos Aires 2024

Univision News - April 27, 2024

Alejandra Rodríguez, at 60 years old, has become a symbol of timeless beauty by winning the Miss Buenos Aires 2024 contest, marking a milestone in the history of the pageant as the first woman of her age to win this title. She also shared her tips for maintaining healthy skin and a healthy lifestyle.

Renowned Latin voices in the film and television dubbing industry meet in El Salvador

Telemundo News - April 27, 2024

The "Voices for the World" congress in El Salvador brought together leading Latin dubbing professionals, including Alfonso Obregón and Miguel Botello, known for their roles in animated series such as Shrek and The Simpsons. This event highlighted the relevance and impact of Latin voices in the global entertainment industry.

Alert on water shortage in El Salvador

DW English - April 27, 2024

El Salvador faces a serious water shortage crisis, affecting both urban and rural areas. Despite the presence of fountains in tourist sites in the capital, millions of people are at risk of health problems due to lack of access to safe drinking water.

A young man from Oaxaca promotes his region

DW English - April 27, 2024

An innovative venture led by a young Oaxacan, called Atom Inovatec, is making a difference in his region by developing affordable and easy-to-install solar and wind systems. This project not only promotes green energy but also fosters energy autonomy and local economic development, highlighting the potential of young talent in Oaxaca.

First Aymara woman to pilot a drone in the Altiplano

DW English - April 27, 2024

Yessica Yana, an agricultural engineer and the first indigenous woman of the Aymara people, has revolutionized crop management in the Bolivian Altiplano at 3,800 meters above sea level. Using an agricultural drone, Yessica not only optimizes water use in a water-scarce region but also saves valuable time for the women responsible for these crops, promoting a significant change in traditional agricultural practices.

Venezuelan migrants and refugees generate millions of dollars in the Colombian economy: IOM

Voice of America - April 26, 2024

Venezuelan migrants and refugees contribute significantly to the Colombian economy, bringing in more than US$500 million annually. According to the International Organization for Migration, this figure could increase to more than $800 million with the complete regularization of Venezuelans in Colombia. The impact ranges from increased tax revenues to the revitalization of certain economic sectors, highlighting the potential of migration as an agent of development.

Colombia's Senate approves pension reform

CNN en Español - April 27, 2024

Colombia's Senate has approved a significant reform to the pension system, which must still be ratified by the House of Representatives. This reform seeks to modernize and make the country's pension system more sustainable, a crucial change given the country's aging population and current economic challenges.

Over-production prevents many farmers from selling the coca they grow

DW English - April 27, 2024

In Colombia, the struggle between armed groups for control of land is intensifying the overproduction of coca, leaving many farmers unable to sell their production. This DW Español report explores the consequences of this situation, where civilians are the main victims of the conflict over land and power.

Controversy over break-in at Save The Children

Voice of America - April 27, 2024

Save the Children has condemned the raid on its offices in Guatemala, carried out as part of an investigation into the smuggling of migrant children. This action has sparked controversy and debate about the operations of international organizations and government security measures in the country.

Who are the big beneficiaries of the war business?

DW English - April 27, 2024

In an in-depth analysis, DW Español exposes how war conflicts and geopolitical tensions have driven military spending to record levels, with the United States leading the way. The report highlights how the arms industries, in particular, have profited enormously, turning war into a highly lucrative and sustainable business, despite ethical criticisms.



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