Immigration news today 6 February 2024

Here are some recent U.S. immigration news, an essential source to keep you up to date with changes and opportunities that may affect your life.

By reading these summaries, you will gain quick insights into critical issues, allowing you to make more informed decisions and stay on top of what is happening in the immigrant community.

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Republican senators distance themselves from border security initiative

Los Angeles Times in English - February 5, 2024

Senate Republicans distanced themselves from a bipartisan $118 billion proposal for border security and funding for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, following criticism from conservatives and former President Donald Trump. The proposal, unveiled Sunday, sought to reduce illegal border crossings and was criticized as insufficient in border policies. Trump called it a gift to Democrats and a liability for Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell collaborated on the package, but face challenges to its passage. Schumer urged a yes vote, while McConnell criticized Biden's border management. Biden, for his part, expressed disappointment over the lack of congressional support for his requests for funding for more Border Patrol agents and immigration judges.

Mitch McConnell recommended to Republican senators to reject immigration bill

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

Mitch McConnell, in a closed-door meeting, urged his fellow Republican senators to reject an immigration bill that proposes to implement stricter border controls. In addition, the bill includes a budget line item earmarked for Ukraine and Israel. McConnell's recommendation reflects the political divisions in dealing with immigration and foreign policy issues, underscoring the complexity of reaching consensus in these areas.

Details on $118 billion project that includes immigration changes

El Diario NY - February 5, 2024

The U.S. Senate introduced a bipartisan $118 billion bill for military aid and border security. The bill includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $4.8 billion for Taiwan and more than $20 billion for border security. The bill seeks to deter illegal immigration at the border with Mexico by raising the standard for seeking asylum and increasing detention capacity. It also introduces new expedited removal authority for immigrants who do not qualify for asylum. Despite investments in homeland security and refugee assistance, the bill faces criticism for failing to address the situation of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and for possible abuses in the expedited asylum process.

Key facts on what the $20 billion for border and immigration will be used for

La Opinión - February 5, 2024

A bipartisan agreement in the U.S. Senate will allocate $$20 billion to border security and immigration process improvements. H.R. 815, which exceeds the $14 billion initially requested by President Joe Biden, seeks to strengthen the southern border and provide resources for new border policies. It includes measures to treat immigrants fairly and humanely, preserving legal immigration, and gives the president emergency authority to close the border in critical situations. The plan also provides for more stringent and expedited asylum processing, expedited work authorization for certain immigrants, and measures to combat fentanyl trafficking. Despite its efficiency and security goals, the bill faces criticism for its restrictive approach and the exclusion of members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from the negotiations.

Closing the U.S.-Mexico border to control undocumented immigration: Is it feasible?

Univision News - February 5, 2024

In a debate on the feasibility of closing the U.S.-Mexico border to control undocumented immigration, Democratic Congressman Adriano Espaillat rejects this idea, proposing instead other more effective initiatives. On the other hand, former Republican Congresswoman Mayra Flores supports the idea of border closure and criticizes President Joe Biden for the current situation at the border. This debate reflects the ideological and political differences regarding the management of undocumented immigration, a central issue in U.S. politics.

Hispanic congressmen, immigrant advocates criticize Senate border, immigration bill

La Opinión - February 5, 2024

Hispanic congressmen and immigrant advocacy organizations expressed their rejection of the bipartisan Senate bill on border security and immigration, criticizing the increased restrictions and punitive policies. Alex Padilla and Rep. Raul Grijalva, along with several civil organizations, questioned the restrictive measures on asylum and the lack of permanent protections for dreamers and other long-term immigrants. The bill, part of a $$118 billion homeland security package, includes $$20 billion for border security and measures such as expedited deportations and restrictions on asylum claims. Criticism centers on the similarity to Trump-era policies and the violation of international agreements, as well as the exclusion of members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from the negotiations.

Rivals, allies criticize Biden for immigration plan "dead" before moving forward

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

President Joe Biden's immigration plan is facing criticism from rivals and allies alike, even before it passes the Senate. House Speaker Mike Johnson has declared the bill "dead on arrival". This situation reflects the division and skepticism in the political arena regarding Biden's proposed immigration policies. Criticism points to the lack of feasibility and consensus around the suggested measures to address immigration in the United States.

Border Patrol Union Supports Bipartisan Deal

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

The Border Patrol union has expressed support for a bipartisan agreement to be voted on in the Senate. This agreement proposes to tighten asylum requirements, increase detention centers and establish up to 77 daily repatriation flights. It also facilitates access to work permits for new arrivals. This support reflects the search for a balance between immigration control and assistance to immigrants, highlighting the complexity of immigration policy in the United States.

Three positive points of the immigration agreement (and five criticized by many)

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

The bipartisan immigration agreement, although initially well received, faces difficulties in obtaining the necessary votes for its approval in the Senate. Cristina Londoño, chief correspondent for Telemundo News, analyzes the content of the 400-page legislative agreement. The report highlights three positive aspects of the agreement, but also points out five points that have generated criticism. This analysis reflects the complexity and challenges in formulating immigration policies that satisfy diverse stakeholders.

Who will not be able to apply for asylum in the United States if the immigration agreement is approved?

El Diario NY - February 5, 2024

A new bipartisan border control bill introduced by the U.S. Senate proposes tighter restrictions on asylum claims. Migrants with criminal records, those who have settled in another nation or who might feel safe in another part of their home country, would not be able to apply for asylum in the U.S. The bill, to be voted on next Wednesday, is part of a broader effort to address the immigration crisis and establish stricter policies at the border. It includes an end to the practice of "detain and release," authorization to remove migrants when daily detentions exceed certain limits, expedited processing of asylum claims, expedited processing of detained migrants, a monitoring program and work authorization for initial hearing approvals, and limiting the government's authority to grant temporary humanitarian immigration relief. It also allocates funds for shelters and programs in cities and states with large numbers of migrants and authorizes visas for employment and family-related immigration. However, the bill faces opposition from Republicans in the House of Representatives, who consider it insufficient.

Bipartisan proposal contemplates tougher asylum in the U.S.

Voice of America - February 5, 2024

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has drafted a bill proposing to tighten immigration policy while sending aid to Ukraine. This bill represents a significant effort to reform asylum policy in the United States, reflecting the complexity and urgency of addressing both migration challenges and international issues. The feasibility of this bill is a topic of ongoing debate, highlighting the need to strike a balance between border security and humanitarian responsibility.

The Lower House will vote on the resolution to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas.

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a resolution to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security. Congressional Republicans allege that Mayorkas' actions have resulted in an increase in illegal border crossings. Democrats, on the other hand, refute these allegations, calling them false. This event underscores the political tensions and differences in the perception and management of immigration policy in the country.

Republican governors return to the Mexican border to press Biden on immigration

Los Angeles Times in English - February 5, 2024

More than a dozen Republican governors, led by Greg Abbott of Texas, gathered at the Texas-Mexico border to press President Joe Biden on immigration policy. The meeting in Eagle Pass, Texas, highlighted the standoff between Republican states and the federal government over immigration enforcement. Governor Abbott announced the expansion of border operations, without giving specific details. The recent decline in border crossings is attributed to a mix of factors, including stricter measures in Mexico. The immigration issue is central to the political agenda, especially in an election year, with Republicans focusing on border security. The governors' meeting coincides with a bill in the Senate combining border security with aid for Ukraine, and increasing pressure on Biden to adopt more restrictive measures on asylum.

Governors back Greg Abbott's border measures, including use of barbed wire

Univision News - February 5, 2024

Texas Governor Greg Abbott received the endorsement of several Republican governors at a meeting in Eagle Pass regarding border measures, including the use of barbed wire. Abbott emphasized his commitment to focus efforts not only on Shelby Park, but on defending the state of Texas from any perceived danger. This meeting underscores the Republican governors' strong stance on the border crisis and U.S.-Mexico border security policies.

U.S.: Immigration continues to pit the federal government against some states

Voice of America - February 5, 2024

Fifteen Republican governors met in Texas to express their rejection of U.S. federal immigration policy, citing an alleged risk of invasion by migrants. This meeting reflects the continuing tension and disagreement between the federal government and some states regarding the management of migration. Voice of America's correspondent in Texas, Laura Sepúlveda, reported on this event, highlighting the political division and different perspectives on immigration policy in the country.

New anti-trafficking law goes into effect in Texas

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

In Texas, SB4, a new law that intensifies penalties against human trafficking, has gone into effect. This law provides for up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 for those who help cross or harbor undocumented immigrants in the state. The implementation of this law reflects Texas' tough approach in the fight against illegal immigration and human trafficking, highlighting the severe measures adopted by the state in this area.

ERO Boston arrests previously deported Mexican national convicted of child rape and prostitution charges

ICE - February 5, 2024

The Boston Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a 42-year-old Mexican national, also a Guatemalan citizen, previously deported and convicted of child rape and prostitution charges. The arrest was made on January 25 in Lynn, Massachusetts, as part of a nationwide U.S. immigration enforcement effort, where 171 non-citizens were detained with pending charges or convictions for murder, manslaughter, or assault against children. The individual had entered the U.S. illegally prior to December 2004, was convicted and removed in 2006, and then re-entered illegally. He will remain in ICE custody until his removal from the U.S.

Agents seize more than $450,000 in methamphetamine at Highway 86 checkpoint

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - February 5, 2024

Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector seized 250.22 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $450,396 at the Highway 86 checkpoint. The seizure occurred Thursday night when a red tractor-trailer truck approached the primary inspection area of the checkpoint. A K-9 dog alerted on the vehicle, leading to a secondary inspection. Using a ZBF-Backscatter scanner, agents detected anomalies on top of pallets of soda and discovered four boxes near the rear of the trailer, one of which contained multiple vacuum-sealed packages containing a crystalline substance. Tests confirmed the presence of methamphetamine. The driver, a 43-year-old permanent resident, along with the vehicle and narcotics, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for processing and investigation. This seizure is part of Operation Apollo, a joint regional operation of federal, state and local agencies to combat the threat of fentanyl and other illicit synthetic narcotics.

ERO Phoenix arrests 10 in local operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - February 6, 2024

ICE's Phoenix office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) concluded a three-day operation in La Paz and Mohave counties on Jan. 25, resulting in the arrest of 10 of 16 unlawfully present aliens. The operation, which involved collaboration with deportation officers from Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, focused on enhancing public safety by targeting individuals with significant criminal histories. Among those arrested were convictions for narcotics trafficking and possession, domestic violence, assault, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Of the 10 arrested, one was removed to his country of citizenship, three were charged with illegal re-entry, and six remain in ICE custody awaiting hearings with immigration judges. ERO evaluates individuals on a case-by-case basis, considering the totality of the facts and circumstances to make informed arrest decisions. Those cases subject to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the U.S. Attorney's office. ERO also coordinates with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to evaluate the completion of relevant non-citizen applications. ERO Phoenix remains committed to enforcing U.S. immigration laws and strengthening public safety.

If Congress approves making DUI grounds for deportation, thousands of aliens could be removed expeditiously

Univision - February 5, 2024

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that could expedite the deportation of aliens charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). H.R. 6976, which now moves to the Senate, seeks to amend the Immigration Act to declare aliens convicted of DUI inadmissible and deportable, regardless of the severity of the harm caused. Currently, two or more DUI charges can open the door to deportation, but it is used on a discretionary basis by federal agents and immigration judges. If passed, the bill would eliminate discretion, making any DUI conviction result in deportation or denial of immigration benefits.

Venezuelan migrant arrived in the U.S. six months ago and has been arrested 8 times in New York

La Opinión - February 5, 2024

Maria Manaura, a 32-year-old Venezuelan migrant, has been arrested eight times in New York since her arrival six months ago. Staying at the Row NYC hotel in Times Square, she was recently arrested for allegedly stealing a cell phone on a crowded train. Manaura faces charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, among others. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office had requested her detention on bail, citing her previous arrests. In addition to Manaura, other migrants have been arrested for similar offenses, prompting authorities to investigate a new form of theft in which migrants of various nationalities are allegedly involved. The NYPD indicates that migrants steal phones and use Apple Pay and credit cards to make purchases in their home countries.

Robbery gang, mostly made up of recently arrived immigrants, busted

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

The NYPD has dismantled a robbery gang, composed mainly of recently arrived immigrants, which had carried out at least 50 robberies in the city. The crimes were carried out mostly on women and were assisted by motorcycles in the boroughs of Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. This case highlights the challenges faced by authorities in preventing and controlling crime in urban areas, especially involving newly arrived immigrants.

How the gang that unleashed a wave of phone thefts in New York operated

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

A gang in New York, which carried out cell phone robberies, has been arrested by the authorities. The criminals, who operated primarily on a motorcycle, targeted women as their primary victims. It is estimated that they carried out more than 50 robberies in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx counties. This case illustrates the methods and extent of criminal activity in the city, as well as police efforts to combat this type of crime.

At least 150 immigrants leave Denver shelters

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

In Denver, at least 150 immigrants have left shelters after being discharged. The city's mayor's office is actively working to find housing options for these immigrant families who find themselves homeless. This event highlights the challenges immigrants face as they integrate into new communities and the need for sustainable housing solutions for them.

73 migrants rescued from Rio Bravo waters over the weekend

Univision News - February 5, 2024

Over the weekend, three rescue operations were carried out on the Rio Bravo, where 73 migrants were saved from risky situations and affected by the cold. Authorities intervened effectively, finding many in dangerous conditions. In addition, three bodies were discovered, which are expected to be identified and repatriated to their countries of origin. This event highlights the constant dangers faced by migrants as they attempt to cross borders in search of better opportunities.


Claudia Sheinbaum calls for U.S.-Mexico cooperation to address and not criminalize migration crisis

La Opinión - February 5, 2024

Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico's presidential candidate for the coalition 'Sigamos Haciendo Historia', advocated for cooperation between Mexico and the US to address the migration crisis in a humane and non-criminalizing manner. Her statements in Nayarit follow the call between the presidents of Mexico and the US, where 10 strategic points for irregular migration were discussed. Sheinbaum stressed that walls and border containment are not effective solutions, but that cooperation for development is key. She supported Andrés Manuel López Obrador's proposals to Joe Biden, including regularization of Mexicans in the U.S., investment in poor countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and an end to blockades on Cuba and Venezuela. He also emphasized the importance of not using migration as an electoral issue in the U.S. and promoting productive and commercial cooperation in the North American region.

Congratulations to the president elect of El Salvador Nayib Bukele

U.S. Department of State - February 5, 2024

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken congratulated Nayib Bukele on his electoral victory as President of El Salvador. In his statement, Blinken recognized the importance of the work of election observers and expressed U.S. interest in working with Bukele and Vice President-elect Felix Ulloa after his inauguration in June. The United States values its strong relationship with El Salvador, based on shared values, regional ties and family connections. Blinken noted that developments in El Salvador directly impact U.S. interests both at home and abroad. The United States will continue to prioritize good governance, inclusive economic prosperity, fair trial guarantees and human rights in El Salvador, in line with its Root Cause Strategy.

For Bukele, with his victory the Salvadoran opposition "was pulverized".

Telemundo News - February 5, 2024

The reelected president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, stated in his speech at the National Palace in San Salvador that, with his victory, the Salvadoran opposition "was pulverized". Salvadoran analysts attribute his victory to the security policies implemented, although they point out that the country is facing an unprecedented economic crisis. Bukele's comment reflects confidence in his leadership and the perception of a significant weakening of the political opposition in El Salvador.

Bukele criticizes Univision's coverage at press conference after being reelected president

Univision News - February 5, 2024

Nayib Bukele, recently re-elected president of El Salvador, expressed criticism of Univision's media coverage at a press conference. Bukele responded directly to remarks made by journalist Felix de Bedout, who had questioned Univision's editorial coverage of his government. This exchange highlights the tension between Bukele's government and the media, in a context where freedom of the press and the relationship between the government and the media are topics of constant debate in El Salvador.


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