Immigration news today 18 January 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.


DHS protected more than 1,000 exploited migrant workers

La Opinión - January 17, 2024

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies protected more than 1,000 immigrant workers who were victims or witnesses of labor rights violations. The new DHS guidance facilitates the renewal of deferred action for an additional two years for workers still in need by labor agencies, promoting enforcement and protecting against labor abuses.

U.S. deported nearly half a million migrants in the last eight months

La Opinión - January 17, 2024

The U.S., through DHS, deported more than 482,000 individuals since May, surpassing 2015-2018 annual figures. The deportations, nearly double the pre-pandemic average, included flights to Central America and Venezuela, reflecting an increase in deportation operations by ICE. The figure shows the intensification of deportation policies in response to the high arrival of migrants at the border.

Sold piñatas and tortillas: also laundered $4.5 million from Jalisco Cartel

Univision News - January 17, 2024

Trump urges his party not to accept border deal

La Opinión - January 18, 2024

Donald Trump urged Republicans to reject a bipartisan border deal without all demands met. The tactic seeks to pressure Democrats and strengthen the southern border, linking national security to funding for Ukraine and Israel. Mike Johnson is key to the negotiations, with Trump stressing the importance of strong borders and honest elections.

Court allows Texas to keep buoy barrier on the border

El Diario NY - January 17, 2024

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Texas to maintain a buoy barrier on the Rio Grande, overturning previous rulings. Greg Abbott implemented the barrier as part of Operation Lone Star against irregular immigration. Although the U.S. Department of Justice claimed obstruction to the Rio Grande, Texas defended the measure as necessary in the face of an "invasion" of migrants.

How the deaths of three migrants further escalated tensions between Biden and Texas

Univision News - January 17, 2024

Biden meets with Republicans and Democrats in search of immigration agreement | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

President Biden met with Republican and Democratic leaders to discuss immigration changes and an aid package for Ukraine. Despite the post-meeting optimism, challenges remain, especially in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, which is dominated by Republicans demanding tougher border policies. The discussion highlights the polarization around migration and the urgency of comprehensive solutions that encompass both border security and regularization of long-stay undocumented immigrants.

White House and Congress face off to unblock homeland security funds

Voice of America - January 17, 2024

Texas Responds to Biden Administration's Ultimatum | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

Texas defies a federal ultimatum by allowing Border Patrol access to Shelby Park in Igupaz, an area guarded by the state following the tragic death of a mother and her children. Attorney General Paxton defends Texas' sovereignty over immigration management, a stance that is likely to face legal disputes, evidenced by the Court of Appeals' interest in reviewing the case. This conflict highlights the tension between state and federal authorities in the administration of immigration policy at the border.

CBP One application to manage immigration appointments in the U.S. is now one year old

Voice of America - January 17, 2024

U.S. minorities will be the majority of the population by 2050

El Tiempo Latino - January 17, 2024

A Collage Group analysis reveals that U.S. minorities, which have grown by nearly 4 million since 2021, will be the majority by 2050. At 58% today, the white population will decline by 11%, while Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities, now 141.1 million, will increase significantly. Hispanic Americans will lead this growth with a 6% increase. Immigration is driving this transformation, especially among Asian Americans. Demographic changes will influence political and cultural perspectives, with a notable increase in linguistic diversity in minority households.

The Russian woman who fell in love with a Mexican... and his culture | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

Alina, a Russian, fell in love not only with Marco, a Mexican, but also with Mexico after meeting him in Russia. She, known as Alina la Rusa, has gone viral in Mexico, passionately embracing Mexican culture, gastronomy and music. Alina and Marco, who lived in Japan for years, faced language barriers, overcoming them together as Alina learned Spanish and documented her experience. The couple, parents of two bilingual children, fuse Russian and Mexican cultures in their home. Alina, in addition to adapting to life in Zacatecas, helps other foreigners in Mexico with paperwork such as passports, proving that love transcends borders and cultures.

Migrants will be able to stay longer in Denver shelters | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

Denver extends shelter stay from 37 to 42 days for migrants with children, keeping 14 days for singles. The city faces the challenge of housing 37,000 displaced persons, including 3,500 migrants, with costs in excess of $38 million. Restrictive policies require being in the U.S. less than 30 days and having an alien registration number. Migrants like Jesus, concerned about the family and psychological stability of their children, welcome the measure, although they face difficulties such as lack of employment and shortages of medical services for conditions such as diabetes and smallpox, exacerbated by language and technological barriers.

Official arrested for transferring undocumented migrants | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

In Texas, a Roma official was arrested for illegally transporting three immigrants, two Mexicans and one Guatemalan, in a municipal van. Roma authorities emphasize their rejection of illegal activities by their employees. The arrest underscores tensions in migration policies and questions the integrity of officials in border areas, highlighting the importance of vigilance and ethics in migration management.

Immigrants shovel snow regardless of the cold to earn extra money | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

Immigrants like Luis Hernandez brave the extreme cold by shoveling snow to make ends meet, with pay ranging from $20 to $25 an hour. The need to send money home to their families and pay basic expenses pushes them to take temporary jobs, often found through networks of acquaintances. Although this work provides vital income, it comes with health risks such as hypothermia and cardiac stress. Precautions such as dressing appropriately and staying hydrated are advised. This phenomenon highlights the vulnerability and fighting spirit of the immigrant community in the face of adverse labor and weather conditions.

A Mexican woman who came to the U.S. as a domestic employee denounces labor abuse | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - January 17, 2024

A Mexican woman, a victim of deception and labor abuse in the U.S., recounts her experience of working long hours without fair compensation and without access to her documents. She arrived with the promise of a better life, but found exploitation and fear of reprisals. Despite the difficulties in reporting, the Mexican consul general in San Diego emphasizes that, even without legal immigration status, these workers have rights and are protected by law. The consulate offers assistance and encourages victims to report abuses, guaranteeing their privacy and providing professional legal support.


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