Immigration news today 23 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.


Group of lawyers accused of defrauding immigrants in New York City arrested

Telemundo News - January 22, 2024

The legal group led by Aman Cua and his son, along with three attorneys, was accused of massive immigration fraud (2018-2023), charging up to $3,000 for fraudulent services resulting in denials of legal residency or deportations. Ricardo, a New York resident and father of four citizen children, was deported after a family trip to Mexico due to the misapplication of federal VAWA by these attorneys, representing 47% of all cases nationwide. Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz warned about the scheme, estimating a theft of more than $20 million from immigrant families.

The United States has carried out 79 migrant repatriation flights so far this year.

El Diario NY - January 22, 2024

U.S. The U.S. carried out 79 repatriation flights of irregular migrants in three weeks, mostly to Guatemala and Honduras. Ken Salazar, ambassador to Mexico, highlighted the cooperation with Mexico and the recent meeting in Washington with the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alicia Bárcena. The measures include the strengthening of immigration control and the halving of migration through Mexico since December, acknowledged in a bilateral meeting. The Mexican president will meet with U.S. congressmen amid immigration tensions and criticism from Texas.

U.S. Supreme Court allows Border Patrol to cut wire installed by Texas on the border

Los Angeles Times - January 22, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court authorizes the Border Patrol to cut barbed wire on the border with Mexico, amid dispute with Texas. The 5-4 vote allows the removal of the wire installed to deter illegal entry of migrants. The Justice Department argues that it hinders border patrol and harms migrants. Texas had authorized these measures to curb illegal immigration. The White House praises the court decision, while the lawsuit continues. Abbott, governor of Texas, vows to continue fighting in defense of state property.

Supreme Court allows Border Patrol to cut Texas-installed barbed wire

La Opinión - January 22, 2024

The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, authorized the Border Patrol to remove barbed wire placed by Texas on the border with Mexico. This ruling responds to an emergency appeal by the Biden Administration against Governor Abbott's Operation Lone Star, which had been temporarily upheld by the Fifth Circuit. The decision does not resolve the entire litigation, but allows the wire to be removed while the dispute over the barbed buoys in the Rio Grande is resolved.

Supreme Court tells Texas governor that he "can't meddle" in immigration

Telemundo News - January 22, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Texas government, led by Greg Abbott, cannot interfere in immigration policy, reversing the installation of barbed wire on the border, a measure the state argued was necessary to deter illegal immigration. The decision, split 5-4, emphasizes that immigration management is a federal matter. Activists in Texas celebrate the decision, considering it crucial to safeguarding the lives of migrants. Meanwhile, the governor's office and Attorney General Ken Paxton express their disagreement, suggesting that the absence of deterrents could encourage unsafe and illegal border crossings.

Mother sues government for $100 million for rape and death of her daughter by MS-13 member

La Opinión - January 22, 2024

Tammy Nobles sues $100 million U.S. government for failing to identify an immigrant MS-13 member responsible for raping and killing her daughter Kayla Hamilton. Accuses DHS and HHS of negligence in immigration review. Testified before the Homeland Security Committee in the context of an impeachment investigation against Alejandro Mayorkas, accused of breaking immigration laws. Attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick called the lawsuit meritless and riddled with errors.

Mexico claims that migration at the U.S.-Mexico border is reduced by half

La Opinión - January 22, 2024

Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena indicated that migration to the US has decreased by half since December, an achievement recognized by the White House. She highlighted the importance of a regional perspective in migration management, with the majority of migrants coming from countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Central America, emphasizing collaboration in repatriation flights associated with development packages.

U.S. Senators try to finalize border deal; Ukraine aid hangs in the balance

Los Angeles Times - January 22, 2024

U.S. senators seek support for a border policy deal that could influence aid to Ukraine. A bipartisan group is working on changes to U.S. border and immigration policies, but faces skepticism. The lower House is in recess, and Republican leaders do not plan to vote this week. McConnell and Biden share the goal of supporting allies and immigration reform. Proposed changes on asylum and funding are key, but there is still uncertainty whether they will satisfy both parties. The situation in Ukraine becomes critical as these issues are discussed.

What is the situation with migrants in El Paso?

Voice of America - January 22, 2024

It's not just Hispanics chasing the American dream: thousands of Chinese cross the border irregularly

Univision News - January 22, 2024

In this video, the unusual increase of Chinese immigrants crossing the U.S. border in search of the American dream is reported. Through a translator, thousands of Chinese arrive and are processed by immigration agents. Some have been in the country for several months, looking for work and a roof over their heads. The religious diversity among them is remarkable, and many leave China because of measures against their faith. Despite the difficulties, some manage to settle in the United States and pursue their dreams, while others are still waiting to cross the border.

Univision News - January 22, 2024

A newborn baby girl, only 3 months old, died in an immigrant shelter in Queens, New York. Although the cause of death was cardiac arrest and she showed no signs of violence, this tragic incident highlights the conditions and hygiene in these shelters. The event occurred last Sunday at 3:00 p.m., and the baby was found unconscious. Despite efforts, she was pronounced dead at the hospital. The police are investigating the case, and in the last year, this is the second death of a baby in shelters in the city, which generates concern.

Migrants in New York "saddened" that a baby died in a shelter

Telemundo News - January 22, 2024

In Long Island City, New York, a migrant family suffered the loss of their three-month-old baby in a shelter. The community and shelter staff desperately tried to resuscitate the baby before she was pronounced lifeless at the hospital. The tragedy highlights tensions in the city's shelters, evidenced by recent stabbings in lower Manhattan and on Randalls Island, where overcrowding and lack of space contribute to insecurity. The medical examiner is investigating the baby's death, as authorities grapple with the challenges of housing thousands of migrants.

Migrant's body to be repatriated from Chicago to Ecuador

Voice of America - January 22, 2024

Light of the World Church and its leader investigated for money laundering and human trafficking

Telemundo News - January 22, 2024

The Light of the World Church and its leader, Naasón Joaquín García, are under investigation by U.S. authorities for alleged money laundering and human trafficking. This situation once again puts the organization and its leader at the center of legal and ethical controversies, highlighting the seriousness of the allegations and the attention they are receiving from investigators.

Is the myth of entrepreneurship in Cuba real?

CNN in English - January 22, 2024

The hearing in the Western Hemisphere subcommittee, chaired by Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, questioned the existence of entrepreneurs in Cuba. The discussion revolved around whether this private sector is controlled by the Cuban government or represents an independent economic force. While Salazar maintains that the private sector is controlled by the government, statements by the State Department and Cuban Vice Minister Joana Odriosola Guitard highlight the existence of more than 10,000 private businesses, responsible for a third of the jobs on the island. Entrepreneurs, facing significant challenges, look to the U.S. for inspiration and skills to develop successful enterprises, even though they face embargo restrictions and increased taxes. The existence of these businesses and their contribution to the Cuban economy contradicts the narrative that they are a myth, signaling a relevant economic and social phenomenon in Cuba.



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