Immigration News Today 5 March 2024

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks controversial Texas SB4 law allowing police to detain immigrants

Univision - March 04, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily suspended Texas SB4, legislation that would allow police to detain undocumented immigrants, in response to an emergency request from the Department of Justice. This blocking follows a federal appeals court decision that had allowed the law, signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, to go into effect. SB4 has been the subject of intense controversy, viewed by many as a measure that could lead to racial discrimination and harassment. The Supreme Court's intervention reflects the complexity and tensions surrounding immigration policies and the balance between state security and immigrant rights in the US.

Supreme Court halts controversial Texas SB4 law authorizing police to detain and remove migrants

La Opinión - March 04, 2024

The Supreme Court of the United States has temporarily blocked the implementation of Texas' SB4 law, which would give police the ability to detain and remove migrants. This halt comes in response to an emergency request from the Department of Justice, following an appeal of a ruling that had initially allowed the law to go into effect. SB4 has been criticized for potentially upsetting the balance of power in immigration management, historically the domain of the federal government. The temporary stay remains in place until March 13, pending a final decision by the Court. The law has been the subject of intense debate over its constitutionality and its impact on migrant communities, with accusations that it could lead to discriminatory practices.

Supreme Court needs more time to determine what to rule on controversial Texas SB-4 law

Telemundo News - March 4, 2024

Texas SB-4, which would grant powers to local authorities in immigration matters, a historically federal competence, is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. This legislative change, a pillar of Governor Abbott's immigration policy, has generated controversy and debate over jurisdictions in immigration management. The Supreme Court's decision is crucial, as it would redefine the state and local role in immigration enforcement, potentially affecting thousands of immigrants in the state.

U.S. acknowledges conditions of "persistent abuse" of migrants in Florida detention center

El Diario NY - March 04, 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged "persistent abuse" of migrants at the Baker County, Florida Detention Center. According to a report by the ACLU of Florida, verbal abuse, racial discrimination, and retaliation by staff have been documented. This recognition follows a report by the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties that identified serious language access problems and barriers to legal access. The situation at Baker highlights tensions surrounding U.S. immigration detention policy and raises questions about the humane and dignified treatment of detainees.

Immigrant population in the U.S. will reach 6 million people

El Tiempo Latino - March 4, 2024

The United States will experience a significant increase in its immigrant population, with the addition of six million new immigrants by the end of fiscal year 2023 in September. This increase reflects a growth of 167% over the past five years, evidencing the pressure on the immigration system and the challenge of handling a growing backlog of cases. The situation has provoked political tensions and has been described by some as an "invasion," highlighting the complexity of immigration management in a context of increased border crossings and asylum seeking.

Neither Spanish nor English: the 'linguistic violence' suffered by many immigrants upon arrival in the U.S.

Univision News - March 4, 2024

The case of Virgilio Aguilar, a young Guatemalan man, highlights the issue of 'language violence' faced by immigrants in the U.S. due to the language barrier. This situation negatively affects court cases and legal proceedings, as evidenced by Aguilar's arrest and subsequent release. Alba Gonzalez, also from Guatemala, had a similar experience and now works as an interpreter, helping other immigrants overcome these language barriers.

More than five decades helping to realize dreams of Latina immigrant women entrepreneurs

Voice of America - March 4, 2024

Asociación Latinoamérica, a non-profit organization, has played a crucial role in the economic empowerment of more than ten thousand immigrant women in the State of Georgia for more than five decades. Through entrepreneurship programs and academic training, this organization has contributed significantly to improving the quality of life of Latina women, helping them to realize their dreams and business aspirations, demonstrating the positive impact of initiatives aimed at economic development and inclusion.

Family seeks asylum in U.S. after their father was killed after being kidnapped in Mexico

Univision News - March 4, 2024

A Mexican family faced the tragedy of paying $15,000 and handing over the deeds to their house to rescue their kidnapped father, only to later discover his murder. This painful event has led them to seek asylum in the U.S., claiming death threats from criminals. Their case reflects the dire security situation in Mexico and the desperate search for protection by affected families.

Ecuadorian President asks for TPS for Ecuadorian nationals: "That is the least the U.S. can do".

Univision News - March 4, 2024

During his visit to New York, Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa petitioned the U.S. government for TPS for Ecuadorians residing in the U.S., highlighting his desire to offer them the opportunity to work legally. This request highlights the importance of flexible immigration policies to support immigrants in search of better living and working conditions, reflecting the ongoing interaction between the needs of the immigrant community and government policies.

Latinos' Perspectives on the Immigration Situation at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Pew Research Center Race & Ethnicity - March 04, 2024

A survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that U.S. Hispanics are less likely than other Americans to believe that increasing deportations or building a bigger wall on the border would help the immigration situation. A 75% of Hispanics describe the recent increase in migrants seeking to enter the United States as a major problem or crisis. However, they are less likely than non-Hispanics to describe the immigration situation at the border as a crisis or say it contributes to an increase in crime. Despite differences in perceptions of the seriousness of the situation, Latinos follow news about the immigration situation at the border as closely as other groups in the United States.

U.S. Christians more likely than non-religious to view border situation as a crisis

Pew Research Center - March 04, 2024

According to a Pew Research Center survey, white Christians in the United States are more likely than non-religiously affiliated individuals to view the large number of migrants seeking to enter the country across the Mexican border as a crisis for the United States. While a majority of white evangelical Protestants (70%), white Catholics (64%) and white non-evangelical Protestants (57%) view the situation as a crisis, a smaller proportion of black Protestants and religiously unaffiliated individuals (nones) share this view. Differences of opinion also extend to the causes of migration and whether it is contributing to an increase in crime in the country, reflecting broader divisions between Republicans and Democrats.

Proposed Arizona bill would allow ranchers to kill immigrants

Voice of America - March 4, 2024

A bill in Arizona has generated controversy by suggesting the legalization of lethal actions by ranchers against immigrants who cross their property without authorization. This bill highlights tensions in the debate over border security and human rights, raising serious ethical and legal questions about the protection of property and human life, as well as the treatment of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

CBP Officers Thwart Two Human Smuggling Attempts and Discover Fake Entry Document at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - March 04, 2024

CBP Field Operations Office officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, Laredo, Texas, prevented two human smuggling attempts involving two adults and three minors, in addition to discovering a forged entry document in three separate incidents over the weekend. One woman and two men were arrested in connection with the immigration violations. Officers used their inspection and interrogation skills to identify the individuals, demonstrating CBP's commitment to enforcing U.S. immigration laws.

ERO Boston takes down convicted Brazilian extortionist charged locally with assault, battery and strangulation

ICE - March 04, 2024

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Boston removed Raul Thalison De Oliveira-Silva, a Brazilian national unlawfully present in the U.S. and wanted in Brazil for extortion. De Oliveira-Silva was arrested in Brockton on November 21, 2023, after being charged locally with strangulation and assault and battery. This action underscores ERO Boston's commitment to removing convicted criminal aliens attempting to evade justice in their own country and ensuring that they do not pose a threat to the community.

ERO San Francisco arrests Mexican national wanted for rape of a minor

ICE - March 04, 2024

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Francisco arrested a Mexican national on February 22, who had an outstanding warrant issued by the District Court in Zacatecas, Mexico, for the rape of a minor. ERO San Francisco underscores its ongoing commitment to protect children and bring to justice those who seek to harm them. The individual will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

ERO Washington, D.C. apprehends 8 non-citizen sex offenders during nationwide ICE operation

ICE - March 04, 2024

In a nationwide operation, ERO Washington, D.C. arrested eight non-citizens convicted of sex offenses as part of an effort that resulted in the apprehension of 275 non-citizen sex offenders from February 5-16. The arrestees, previously convicted of sex offenses including some against children, highlight ERO Washington, D.C.'s commitment to the safety of communities in Washington, D.C. and Virginia. This operation emphasizes the use of an intelligence-driven law enforcement model to maximize resources and protect the public from threats.

ERO Miami and Martin County, Florida Sheriff's Office arrest rape suspect

ICE - March 04, 2024

ERO Miami and the Sheriff of Martin County, Florida, arrested Juan Jose-Sebastian, a 26-year-old Guatemalan national, on March 2 after identifying him as wanted in Washington County, Oregon, on charges of rape and sexual abuse. Jose-Sebastian, who entered the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2015 and has been under ERO supervision without detention, now faces removal proceedings. This case highlights the collaboration between ERO Miami and local authorities to apprehend individuals wanted for serious crimes.

ERO Phoenix removes Mexican national with extensive criminal record for the seventh time

ICE - March 04, 2024

ERO Phoenix removed Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, a 49-year-old Mexican national, to Mexico on March 1, marking his seventh deportation. Garcia-Zarate, who has an extensive criminal history in the U.S. that includes multiple convictions for drug possession and trafficking, illegally re-entered the country on several occasions after previously being removed six times. This case underscores ERO's commitment to immigration enforcement and community safety by removing individuals who commit crimes and are unlawfully present in the United States.

Border Patrol shot and killed a criminal robbing migrants at California border

La Opinión - March 04, 2024

The U.S. Border Patrol, specifically an elite tactical unit known as BORTAC, confronted a group of criminals robbing migrants at the California border, resulting in the shooting death of one of them in the San Diego sector. This incident underscores the risks and dangers faced by both migrants and agents in remote areas of the border, where the presence of criminals who take advantage of the vulnerability of migrants is observed. The situation intensifies with the record of more than 890,000 migrant apprehensions and the capture of close to 180 with gang affiliations, demonstrating the complexity of the challenges in border security and migration management.

CBP One: Changes you should consider when requesting appointments to enter the U.S.

La Opinión - March 04, 2024

The Department of Homeland Security implemented two significant changes to the CBP One application to streamline the process of requesting appointments to enter the U.S. The changes include a daily time limit of 11 hours and 59 minutes to make reservations and requiring all members of a travel party to share a common U.S. destination address to request a joint appointment. These modifications are intended to improve the efficiency of the system and ensure more orderly management of entries into the country, reflecting CBP's ongoing effort to adapt its processes to meet operational and security needs.

Supreme Court rules for Trump to stay in presidential primaries

Voice of America - March 4, 2024

The Supreme Court of the United States rejected an attempt to remove former President Donald Trump from office. of the Colorado presidential primary, ensuring his participation one day before the election to nominate the Republican Party's candidate. This ruling underscores Trump's continuity in the electoral race and highlights the Court's authority in significant policy decisions, setting a precedent in the interpretation of eligibility for public office at the federal level.

Court ruling leaves "no effect" on a dozen v. Trump

Telemundo News - March 4, 2024

The Supreme Court has rendered "moot" a dozen actions against former President Donald Trump related to his exclusion from the ballot in states such as Maine and Colorado, alleging his involvement in an insurrection. This ruling not only impacts Trump's participation in the primaries, but also raises questions about the limits of political charges and their influence on electoral eligibility, setting an important precedent for future races and the legal interpretation of political rights in the United States.

Trump may be on the Colorado ballot, why does the Supreme Court decision matter?

CNN in English - March 4, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump can appear on the Colorado ballot, a ruling with profound political and legal implications. This verdict not only allows Trump's participation in the election, but also sets a significant precedent on the autonomy of states to determine the eligibility of candidates and the influence of prior indictments on their political careers. The decision highlights the tension between federal justice and states' rights, marking a pivotal moment in U.S. politics heading into the 2024 election.


This Hispanic city is one of the capitals with the best gastronomy in Latin America.

Univision News - March 4, 2024

Guadalajara, known for its rich culture and music, has been named one of the best gastronomic capitals of Latin America, surpassing even cities like New York and Los Angeles according to the Taste Atlas ranking. This recognition is due in large part to emblematic dishes such as tortas ahogadas and birria, which have captured the palates of locals and tourists alike. This achievement underscores the importance of gastronomy as a distinctive element and source of pride for Hispanic communities.

Bukele affirms that his party and allies won 43 out of 44 mayorships in local elections in El Salvador

Los Angeles Times en Espanol - March 04, 2024

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced that his party, Nuevas Ideas, together with allied parties, won 43 out of 44 mayorships in the recent municipal elections in the country. In spite of recognizing a punishment vote towards some mayors for bad management, Bukele celebrated the wide support to his political project. The only mayoralty not won by Nuevas Ideas was for the Arena party, in La Libertad Este, where Milagro Navas, mayor for 36 years, declared herself the winner. This result underlines the political dominance of Bukele and his party at the local level, after securing a second presidential term with a historic 84.6% of the votes in the February elections and obtaining a significant majority in the legislative elections.

El Salvador: Officialism dominates municipal and Parlacen elections

Voice of America - March 4, 2024

In El Salvador's recent elections, the ruling party won a dominant victory in many mayoralties and in the election of deputies to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), although it recognized the importance of allied parties for these achievements. This result reflects the strong support for the current government and its political influence, which could have significant implications for El Salvador's domestic politics and its relationship with regional political structures.

Bukele assures that his party swept the municipal elections in El Salvador

Telemundo News - March 4, 2024

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele and his allies declared an overwhelming victory in 43 of the 44 mayoralties contested in the recent municipal elections, ahead of the official results from the electoral authority. This declaration underscores the strong dominance of Bukele's party in the local political arena and highlights the consolidation of its influence in municipal government throughout the country. This result could have profound implications for Salvadoran politics, reflecting both popular support for Bukele's leadership and democratic challenges related to the centralization of power.

Dozens dead after heavy floods in Bolivia

DW English - March 4, 2024

After months of drought, the city of Cobija in Bolivia has suffered devastating floods, resulting in the death of half a hundred people and leaving thousands of houses uninhabitable. This natural disaster highlights the urgency of implementing long-term actions and solutions to address growing climate challenges and prevent future tragedies, highlighting the vulnerability of communities to extreme events and the need to improve emergency preparedness and response.

How criminal groups operated in Latacunga prison, Ecuador

CNN in English - March 4, 2024

In Latacunga prison, Ecuador, the operation of criminal groups within the penitentiary has been exposed, where the Armed Forces are attempting to retake control. These groups not only managed to obtain extreme privileges, such as possession of cell keys and access to jacuzzis and alcohol distribution, but also highlighted the serious security and governance problems within Ecuador's prisons. This scenario highlights the significant challenges facing the prison system in maintaining order and ensuring the rehabilitation of inmates in a controlled and secure environment.


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