Immigration news today 4 March 2024

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Mayorkas says more migrants have been expelled in Biden administration than in Trump administration

La Opinión - March 03, 2024

Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, stated that more illegal migrants have been removed under the Biden administration than during Trump's tenure, highlighting a significant increase in removals since May of last year. This statement comes at a time when immigration becomes a central issue for U.S. voters, with Biden and Trump visiting the southern border to emphasize their immigration policies. As Biden seeks support for a bipartisan bill, Trump continues his xenophobic rhetoric, associating immigration with crime.

Texas authorities reportedly raise barbed wire fence on border to prevent migrant crossings

La Opinión - March 02, 2024

Immigrant groups and activists report that Texas has increased the height of the barbed wire fence along the border, contravening a Supreme Court order to dismantle it. This change, which raises the barrier to nearly ten feet, significantly increases the risk to migrants attempting to cross from Mexico. Authorities in Ciudad Juarez express concern about the serious security implications for migrants, noting that the restrictive measures do not deter crossing attempts, but rather increase the dangers they face.

Alleged human traffickers arrested in Texas: "They earn more than transporting narcotics".

Univision News - March 2, 2024

Police in Bexar, Texas, intercepted a tractor-trailer truck with 12 people in hiding, including two minors ages 15 and 16, revealing a human trafficking operation. The detainees face charges of trafficking more than narcotics, highlighting the seriousness and lucrativeness of human trafficking. Univision Noticias underscores the importance of combating these networks that exploit migrants and minors, focusing on security measures and legal consequences for traffickers.

39,000 immigrants detained in ICE jails and most have no criminal record

Univision - Date not specified

The number of immigrants detained in the U.S. has increased to 39,000, up 45% from the previous year, according to a Syracuse University report. Most have no criminal record, facing arrests for minor infractions. This increase contrasts with the decrease in people in the Alternative Detention Program, which is down 39%. Immigration detention represents a significantly higher cost compared to monitoring alternatives, raising questions about the efficacy and humanity of detention policies.

USA: San Diego overtaken by immigration crisis

Voice of America - March 2, 2024

San Diego faces an overwhelming migration crisis, with depleted local funds and a growing clamor for greater federal support. This scenario highlights the logistical and humanitarian challenges arising from the massive influx of migrants, highlighting the imperative need for structural solutions and cooperation between different levels of government to effectively manage the situation and ensure the rights and welfare of migrants.

President of the National Border Patrol Council blasts Joe Biden

La Opinión - March 01, 2024

Brandon Judd, leader of the National Border Patrol Council, harshly criticizes the Biden administration's immigration policies, accusing them of increasing insecurity on the U.S.-Mexico border. At a press conference alongside Donald Trump in Texas, Judd expressed the agents' frustration with the inability to implement effective policies to protect citizens and migrants. Biden's recent visit to the border was described by the agents as insufficient, highlighting the need for a more robust approach to border security and immigration management.

Biden and Trump's visits to border just a "political show" in activists' eyes

Voice of America - March 2, 2024

Activists are calling the recent visits by Joe Biden and Donald Trump to the Texas border a mere "political show," especially after Trump's dismissive response to Biden's proposal to collaborate on immigration and border security challenges. This event underscores the polarization and political gamesmanship around critical issues such as migration, highlighting the need for a more serious and cooperative approach to addressing these critical issues that affect thousands of people.

Here are the highlights of Biden and Trump's visits to the border

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

During their visits to the border, Biden and Trump presented contrasting views on immigration and border security. Biden, in Brownsville, emphasized the need for resources for the Border Patrol, while Trump, in Eagle Pass, criticized current immigration policy, suggesting that immigrants come from jails and insane asylums. Telemundo News covers both events, highlighting the political divide over border management and the influence of these positions on national politics.

Migration, key issue among U.S. presidential hopefuls.

CNN en Español - March 2, 2024

The immigration crisis and border security have established themselves as central issues in the campaigns of the candidates for the U.S. presidency, especially after the recent visits of Biden and Trump to Texas. CNN en Español's "Choque de Opiniones" analysts discuss the relevance of these issues, highlighting how migration management and border policies could influence the upcoming elections. This analysis highlights the political divide and the search for effective solutions to the immigration challenges facing the country.

Many voters blame Joe Biden for the increase in irregular entries into the U.S.

DW English - March 2, 2024

During a visit to Brownsville, Texas, President Joe Biden met with border police agents, while pro-migrant organizations protested, criticizing his failure to meet with them. Biden's visit reflects the tensions and challenges in the management of U.S. immigration policy, in a context where many voters attribute the increase in irregular entries to his administration. This event underscores the complexity and division of opinion surrounding U.S. immigration policy.

In the midst of a U.S. election year, Latinos become a vote to be won

Voice of America - March 2, 2024

The importance of the Latino vote in the United States is intensifying in the current electoral context, with projections indicating that new Latino voters could represent 12% of the electorate in November. This group, characterized by rapid generational growth, becomes a crucial segment for candidates to target, underscoring the power and influence of the Latino community in the U.S. political landscape and the need to address their concerns and priorities.

CBP extends expedited hiring authority to hire 200 air interdiction agents

U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection - March 01, 2024

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended its Direct Hire Authority through January 2026 to recruit 200 air interdiction agents focused on preventing drug and human trafficking across U.S. borders. These agents, selected through a rigorous process, work closely with various agencies to ensure national security. Candidates must meet specific flight experience requirements and pass a flight evaluation and interview in one day. This effort highlights CBP's dedication to strengthening border security and community safety by providing pilots an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the homeland security mission with job stability and competitive benefits.

ICE conducts removal flights of single adults, family units on March 1

ICE - March 01, 2024

ICE has conducted removal flights for single adults and families from February 26 through March 1 to countries in Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean, highlighting the continuity of its efforts to deport individuals without legal basis in the U.S. Since May 2023, more than 583,000 individuals have been removed or returned, emphasizing DHS's priority of immigration enforcement. This process includes an assessment to determine potential protection claims, ensuring that deportations are conducted in an orderly manner and respect U.S. international obligations.

ERO Boston removes fugitive wanted for Brazilian rape conviction

ICE - March 01, 2024

ERO Boston has deported Francisco Xavier Martins, a Brazilian citizen fugitive convicted of rape, who illegally entered the U.S. in 2018 to evade his sentence in Brazil. Arrested in December 2023, his deportation reflects ERO's commitment to public safety and immigration enforcement. In FY 2023, ERO made 170,590 administrative arrests, an increase of 19.5% over the previous year, targeting individuals with criminal histories, including serious crimes such as assault and homicide, reaffirming its mission to protect communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws.

ERO Boston removes Brazilian fugitive wanted for child rape

ICE - March 01, 2024

Boston's Office of Removal and Enforcement Operations (ERO) has removed Edimir Gustavo Eckelberg, a 62-year-old Brazilian national convicted of raping a child in Brazil. Eckelberg, who had entered the United States under a tourist visa, was captured in November 2023 in Tewksbury after fleeing Brazil to avoid a 12-year sentence for his conviction. The capture and subsequent removal underscores ERO's commitment to public safety, removing violent threats from New England communities and reaffirming international collaboration in immigration enforcement.

Migrant who made obscene gestures to the press charged in attack on New York City police officers dropped

La Opinión - March 03, 2024

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office dropped charges against Jhoan Boada, a Venezuelan migrant initially accused of assaulting police officers in New York. Boada, who had been released without bail and caused controversy for obscene gestures toward the press, was exonerated after a thorough review of the case. The investigation identified Marcelino Estee as the actual assailant. This incident highlights the challenges in the identification and prosecution process in complex situations involving migrants and underscores the importance of accuracy in judicial investigations.

Young Hispanic man charged in death of police officer who arrested him acquitted

Univision News - March 2, 2024

Virgilio Aguilar Méndez, a 19-year-old Guatemalan man, was acquitted after eight months in jail without bail, accused of the heart attack death of a police officer during his arrest in Florida. The 7th District Attorney's Office dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charges, setting an important precedent in police confrontation cases and the legal repercussions for those arrested. Univision Noticias highlights this case, highlighting the complexities of the justice system and the rights of immigrants in the United States.

No charges against immigrant charged in cop's death

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

Virgilio Aguilar, a young Central American immigrant, will be released after eight months in prison, after a forensic report determined that the death of one of the police officers during his arrest was due to natural causes. This decision marks a significant moment in justice for immigrants, highlighting the legal and humanitarian complications they face. Telemundo News highlights Aguilar's case, underscoring the challenges in the justice system and the importance of fair treatment for all, regardless of their origin.

Georgia lawmakers approve initiative to detain and deport immigrants

El Tiempo Latino - March 03, 2024

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill, HB 1105, which requires local law enforcement to cooperate in the identification and detention of immigrants for subsequent deportation. This measure was prompted by the murder of Laken Riley, a nursing student, allegedly committed by a Venezuelan national, Jose Ibarra. The legislation seeks to modify how local authorities interact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), intensifying surveillance of immigrants regardless of their legal status. Critics argue that this law could lead to increased racial profiling and undermine confidence in law enforcement.

Migrant children go hungry and cold in camps, complaint says

El Tiempo Latino - March 01, 2024

A report by the National Center for Youth Law reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant children in camps on the U.S.-Mexico border. The minors face hunger, cold and lack of shelter while waiting to file asylum applications. One prominent case is that of a Colombian girl who suffered seizures due to low temperatures. The complaint criticizes the lack of basic assistance from authorities, including food, water and medical care. The lawyers are seeking a court order for the rapid transfer of these children to safe facilities, noting that the situation has persisted for more than a year with no solution in sight.

NGO warns that three out of 10 migrants at Mexico's southern border have syphilis

La Opinión - March 03, 2024

An NGO has reported a high incidence of syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among migrants at Mexico's southern border, with three out of every ten affected. This alarming finding highlights the vulnerability of migrants to sexual diseases during their journey. The organization 'Brigada Callejera en Apoyo Elisa Martínez', active in Tapachula, has detected this prevalence through rapid testing, urging migrants and their partners to seek treatment. The situation reflects not only a humanitarian crisis, but also a public health challenge, highlighting the need for preventive measures and access to health services for this highly exposed population.

Alert in the U.S. for the arrival of the Aragua Train

Las Américas Newspaper - March 03, 2024

The FBI warns of the presence in the US of the Tren de Aragua, a dangerous Venezuelan criminal gang. This group has infiltrated the migration flow, taking advantage of routes established by migrants seeking asylum. The situation underscores a change in migration patterns to the US, with people of various nationalities using social networks to organize their journeys. Between July and December, there was a significant increase in the number of Senegalese migrants apprehended at the border, highlighting the diversity and global scope of the current migration phenomenon. The route through Nicaragua has become popular as a viable path to the U.S., reflecting the influence of social networks and the desperation of those seeking a better life.

Nicaragua, the new route for smuggling migrants to the U.S.

Las Américas Newspaper - March 02, 2024

Nicaragua has become a focal point for migrants, especially Senegalese, seeking to reach the U.S. This new migration corridor has gained popularity due to the ease of entry into Nicaragua and the perception of a viable route to the United States. The situation has led to a significant increase in the number of migrants crossing Central America, challenging US immigration policies and highlighting the role of social networks in the spread of these alternative routes. This phenomenon underscores the global challenges of migration and the complexities of human trafficking, as countries such as Nicaragua emerge as hotspots in contemporary migration dynamics.


Inspiring America: Latina makes recycled clothing that has made it into space

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

Patricia Ermecheo, a Venezuelan entrepreneur, turned her concern about textile waste into a mission, developing a technology to reuse textiles and produce recycled clothing. Her innovation has not only had a positive environmental impact, reducing waste in landfills, but has also achieved significant accomplishments, such as taking her recycled clothing into space. Noticias Telemundo highlights Ermecheo's story as a source of inspiration, demonstrating the power of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Latino community and beyond.

This Latino lived on the streets of Las Vegas and now sells sneakers to celebrities

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

Jaysse Lopez is a Latino entrepreneur who, after living on the streets of Las Vegas and facing great adversity, managed to found a successful tennis business that now attracts celebrities and generates thousands of dollars in revenue. Her story is an example of resilience and success, inspiring many in the Latino community and beyond. Noticias Telemundo shares Lopez's journey from humble beginnings to becoming a recognized entrepreneur in the competitive world of fashion and retail.

Mexican immigrant puts his own flavor on Japanese food in the U.S.

Voice of America - March 2, 2024

Chef Yair Gaona, a Mexican immigrant, has transformed his passion and skill in the Japanese culinary arts into a successful career in the United States. Working at Kissaki restaurant, Gaona has managed to stand out for his talent and dedication, becoming an inspiring success story. His journey, marked by challenges and overcoming challenges, highlights the contribution of immigrants to the diversity and cultural richness of the U.S., demonstrating how perseverance and hard work can lead to achieving big dreams.

New York City honors food delivery workers who lost their lives on the streets as heroes

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

In New York, 'ghost bikes' have become a symbol of tribute and remembrance for the mostly Latino food delivery workers who have lost their lives in workplace accidents. These bicycles, located at various points in the city, not only remember the deceased workers but also highlight the vulnerability and risks they face on a daily basis. Telemundo News highlights the importance of recognizing these delivery workers as essential heroes and the need to improve their working conditions and safety.

President of Ecuador visits New York and New Jersey

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

During his visit to New York and New Jersey, areas with a high concentration of Ecuadorians in the U.S., the President of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, announced his request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ecuadorians residing in the country. This measure, if approved, would represent a significant support for the Ecuadorian community, providing relief and stability to many families. The proposal has been received with hope by the community, highlighting its importance in improving the living conditions of Ecuadorian immigrants in the United States.

2024 International Women of Courage Award Winners Announced

U.S. Department of State - March 1, 2024

The U.S. Department of State announced the winners of the International Women of Courage (IWOC) 2024 Award, highlighting women who have demonstrated exceptional courage in promoting peace, justice, and human rights. Honorees included Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello of Cuba, for her longstanding struggle for human rights and religious freedom, and Fatima Corozo of Ecuador, for her defense of youth in areas of high violence. In addition, group recognition was given to Nicaraguan women activists released in 2023, highlighting their ongoing struggle for democracy and human rights under a repressive regime.

Brazil is once again one of the ten largest economies in the world

DW English - March 2, 2024

Under Lula's presidency, Brazil has experienced significant economic growth, once again ranking among the ten largest economies in the world. With GDP growth of 2.9% last year, driven largely by agriculture, Brazil has overtaken Russia and Canada, ranking ninth. This achievement highlights Brazil's economic potential and its importance on the global stage, although a slowdown in growth is anticipated for the coming year due to measures to control inflation.

Farmers' fairs, a tradition of more than 40 years in Costa Rica

Voice of America - March 2, 2024

In Costa Rica, the "Farmer's Fairs" represent a tradition of more than four decades that provides small producers with a platform to sell staple foods directly to consumers, offering affordable prices and fresh produce. This initiative, however, faces legislative threats that could jeopardize its continuity. These fairs are not only fundamental to the local economy and farmers' livelihoods, but also promote healthy eating and the consumption of local products among the population.

History of the Margarita, the Mexican drink that has conquered the world

Voice of America - March 2, 2024

The Margarita, that iconic Mexican cocktail, has its roots in a small bar in Ciudad Juárez and has managed to capture the taste of people around the world for more than 80 years. This cocktail is not only an emblem of Mexican culture, but also symbolizes Mexico's ability to influence and enchant globally through its cuisine. The history of the Margarita reflects the richness and diversity of Mexican culture, and its worldwide popularity demonstrates how a local creation can be transformed into a global phenomenon.

How to protect your data in the age of artificial intelligence?

CNN en Español - March 2, 2024

Georgetown University professor José Guerrero-Cusumano offers advice on how to protect personal data in the face of advancing artificial intelligence (AI). In an increasingly digitized world, AI plays a crucial role in data processing and analysis, but it also poses privacy risks. Education on digital security practices, conscious use of technologies and understanding of privacy rights are essential to safeguard personal information in this emerging technological context.

El Salvador erases gender diversity from schools and health centers

Telemundo News - March 2, 2024

Following President Nayib Bukele's trip to the U.S. and his participation in events with conservative movements, El Salvador implements measures that eliminate gender diversity in schools and health centers. This decision has caused alarm among the LGBTQ+ community in the country, fearing a setback in the rights and recognitions achieved so far. The measure reflects a conservative trend in Salvadoran politics, directly affecting inclusion and respect for diversity.


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