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“It is our fault.” El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele had a rare moment of honesty and accountability for the ma...
07/03/2019
‘It Is Our Fault’: El Salvador’s President Takes Blame for Migrant Deaths in Rio Grande

“It is our fault.” El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele had a rare moment of honesty and accountability for the mass exodus of Salvadorans after the photo of drowned migrant and his daughter went viral.

“People don’t flee their homes because they want to,” said President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador, referring to Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter, who died in the Rio Grande.

In today’s Early Arrival:- ICE arrests in N.Y. skyrocketed under Trump, who is now threatening to impose fines on immi...
07/03/2019
Early Arrival: New York State ICE Arrests Skyrocket Under Trump

In today’s Early Arrival:

- ICE arrests in N.Y. skyrocketed under Trump, who is now threatening to impose fines on immigrants with deportation orders who take sanctuary.
- Immigration crackdown is weakening the war against drugs.
- Student activist is detained by ICE after reading a critical poem.

Wednesday’s Edition of Early Arrival: Attorneys for Pregnant Detainee Say ICE Violated First Amendment —Immigration Crackdown May Have Displaced U.S. Drug Prosecutions — Trump Administration Threatens Sanctuary Fines

Technical difficulties experienced during video teleconferencing in immigration courts in N.Y. is disruptive to judges a...
07/02/2019
Federal Government to Setup Additional Tent Facilities along Border

Technical difficulties experienced during video teleconferencing in immigration courts in N.Y. is disruptive to judges and immigrants, we reported in February. Now the government wants to build tents along the border to function as virtual courtrooms.

WESLACO – The federal government is eyeing three new sites along the border to expand the Migrant Protection Protocols, a program also known as Remain in Mexico.

“While mgmt was telling us it was a ‘secure facility’ where *members of Congress* had to check their phones, we ca...
07/02/2019
‘It Feels Like a Jail’: Lawmakers Criticize Migrant Holding Sites on Border

“While mgmt was telling us it was a ‘secure facility’ where *members of Congress* had to check their phones, we caught officers trying to sneak photos, laughing.”

Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers' visit to an infamous detention center in Texas.

Members of Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joseph P. Kennedy III and Veronica Escobar, visited the facilities in Texas.

Today, in Early Arrival: – An ICE arrest in Middletown, N.Y. city hall causes fear among locals – June border crossi...
07/01/2019
Early Arrival: Booker Faces Backlash Over Essex County Fundraiser

Today, in Early Arrival:
– An ICE arrest in Middletown, N.Y. city hall causes fear among locals
– June border crossings expected to drop 25%
– Dreamers fates will be decided by SCOTUS by next summer

Monday’s Edition of Early Arrival: ICE Arrest in Middletown Causes Fear Among Locals — June Border Crossings Expected to Drop 25% — SCOTUS to Rule on DACA, Raids May Begin July 4, O’Rourke in Mexico, Judge Deals Blow to Wall

Sleep-deprived and anxious: Researchers at the @UCBerkeley found that the anti-immigration rhetoric is directly affectin...
06/29/2019
Deportation worries fuel anxiety, poor sleep, among U.S.-born Latinx youth

Sleep-deprived and anxious: Researchers at the @UCBerkeley found that the anti-immigration rhetoric is directly affecting the health of Latinx youth in California.

In wake of 2016 election, fear of family separation may be taking its toll on the children of Mexican and Central American immigrants

New Jersey divided: while the Newark mayor criticizes Trump’s deportation threats, Essex township commissioner tweets ...
06/27/2019
Split Opinions In Essex County As Trump Postpones ICE Raids

New Jersey divided: while the Newark mayor criticizes Trump’s deportation threats, Essex township commissioner tweets “#MAGA!”

"Trump is inhumane," an elected official said, pledging to support undocumented immigrants. "MAGA," a Trump-supporting peer countered.

“It’s our version of the Syrian photograph — of the three-year-old boy on the beach, dead,” said Rep. Joaquin Ca...
06/26/2019
Photo of Drowned Migrants Captures Pathos of Those Who Risk It All

“It’s our version of the Syrian photograph — of the three-year-old boy on the beach, dead,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro about Julia Le Duc’s photo of drowned father and daughter on the bank of the Rio Grande.

A Mexican newspaper published a heartbreaking image of a man and his young daughter who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

‪In today’s Early Arrival: ‬ICE has arrested 6 people in NYC courts in 2019.More clerks in NY rebel against driver...
06/26/2019
Early Arrival: ICE Arrested 6 People in NYC Courts So Far in 2019

‪In today’s Early Arrival: ‬

ICE has arrested 6 people in NYC courts in 2019.

More clerks in NY rebel against driver’s license bill.

The White House threatens to veto a $4.5 billion bill from the House aimed at improving detention conditions for immigrants.

Wednesday’s Edition of Early Arrival: NJ Official Responds to Mayoral Pledge to Not Cooperate With ICE — Children Moved After Squalid Holding Facility Conditions are Exposed, White House Threatens to Veto Border Spending Bill

“I was naive about the kind of agency CBP has become in the Trump era.” American journalist Seth Harp details how Cu...
06/25/2019
I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

“I was naive about the kind of agency CBP has become in the Trump era.” American journalist Seth Harp details how Customs and Border Protection agents detained him at the Austin airport for three hours and searched his journal, cell phone and laptop. On Theintercept.com

I complacently assumed that CBP’s horrendous treatment of migrants wouldn’t affect me directly, least of all in Austin, the city where I was born.

A traffic violation has been enough for Customs and Border Protection agents to keep separating migrant families at the ...
06/25/2019
Trump administration still separating hundreds of migrant children at the border through often questionable claims of danger

A traffic violation has been enough for Customs and Border Protection agents to keep separating migrant families at the border; The American Civil Liberties Union says it will challenge the practice in court this summer.

A year since Trump signed an executive order ostensibly ending his controversial policy of broadly separating immigrant families at the southern border and a federal judge ordered the government to reunify more than 2,800 children it removed from their parents, hundreds continue to be separated. Adv...

06/23/2019

Americans, Germans, Britons, Swedish, Norwegians and Danes agree on one thing when it comes to immigration: it brings better food. Of the countries surveyed by British research firm YouGov​, only France considers sport the biggest benefit of immigration. What do you think?

An ongoing trade war with India could harm Indian nationals who are in the process of obtaining H-1B working visas. The ...
06/23/2019
Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to...

An ongoing trade war with India could harm Indian nationals who are in the process of obtaining H-1B working visas. The country is the largest recipient of the temporary working visa.

The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for n...

They are not provided soap or toothbrushes and will often sleep on concrete floors in freezing cells. But lawyers for th...
06/22/2019
Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids 'Safe and Sanitary' Without Soap

They are not provided soap or toothbrushes and will often sleep on concrete floors in freezing cells. But lawyers for the Trump administration say that migrants detained at the U.S.–Mexico border are kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities.

The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that re...

It’s the “Trump effect”: Law schools across America such as Northeastern University, University of Denver, Santa C...
06/21/2019
Law Schools See 'Trump Effect,' With More Students Studying Immigration Law

It’s the “Trump effect”: Law schools across America such as Northeastern University, University of Denver, Santa Clara University ‏and Rutgers University have been expanding their immigration law programs following an increased interest from students.

Professors say law students have shown increased interest in immigration law. Across the U.S., law schools are responding by creating or expanding immigrants' rights programs.

Happy Friday! In today’s Early Arrival:- Clerks from counties in upstate New York say they won't issue licenses to und...
06/21/2019
Early Arrival: County Clerks Push Back Against Driver’s Licenses Law

Happy Friday! In today’s Early Arrival:

- Clerks from counties in upstate New York say they won't issue licenses to undocumented immigrants.

-New Jersey advocates want a #GreenLightNY of their own.

-Number of refugees is the highest since WWII.

Friday’s Edition of Early Arrival: New Jersey Advocates Start License Push — Census Citizenship Question Case Advances — Emergency Aid for the Border

06/20/2019

Today is #WorldRefugeeDay, so here are some facts about 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 you may not know:

🌍 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮, 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁: According to New York's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, 1,605 refugees and special immigrant visa holders arrived in NY in 2018 -- 62% coming from 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗼, 𝗔𝗳𝗴𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝗺𝗮.

⛰ 𝗨𝗽𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲: 89% of all refugees who arrived in NY in 2018 were resettled in Upstate, the majority being in Erie county (Buffalo area,) Monroe in Orange county, and Onondaga County (Syracuse area).

✋🏻The number of refugees arriving in Upstate New York 𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝟳𝟬% 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. In his first week as president, he signed executive orders that paused the refugee resettlement program and banned citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Over 300,000 Congolese war refugees were forced to leave Angola last December. Now many are showing up at the United Sta...
06/20/2019
A New Migrant Surge at the Border, This One From Central Africa

Over 300,000 Congolese war refugees were forced to leave Angola last December. Now many are showing up at the United States’ southwest border. #WorldRefugeeDay2019

Two cities more than 2,100 miles apart — San Antonio and Portland, Me. — are scrambling to respond to an influx of African migrants.

The fight to restore undocumented immigrant’s rights to have driver’s licenses in NY is finally over; the Green Ligh...
06/19/2019

The fight to restore undocumented immigrant’s rights to have driver’s licenses in NY is finally over; the Green Light bill has been signed by Gov. Cuomo and will go into effect in December. But we would like to share a little bit of the history of this 18 year battle, that started after 9/11:

𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟏: Many of the 19 hijackers involved in the attacks had state-issued driver’s licenses, two of them being from New Jersey. Then NY Governor George Pataki starts limiting immigrants’ eligibility for driver's licenses.

𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟓: the D.M.V. requires applicants' social security number, which is only issued to holders of specific visas. Undocumented immigrants are no longer allowed to drive.

𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟕: then NY Governor Eliot Spitzer makes three unsuccessful attempts to lift the ban imposed on the 1 million undocumented immigrants in NY state. He ends up abandoning his plan after polls by Siena and CNN showed that only over 70 percent disapproved of his plan; only 25 percent would vote for him again, and that his plummeting approval rate was at 33 percent.

𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗: Senator Luis Sepulveda introduces "The Driver's License Access and Privacy Act," later known as the #GreenLightNY bill. Like in 2007, the plan faced opposition; The fear of flagging undocumented immigrants to ICE prevented full Democrat support.

𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗: the New York Democratic-controlled Assembly passed the bill, 87-61, and the state senate approved legislation by a small margin, 33-29. Gov. Cuomo asked for the New York Attorney General Letitia James
reassurance that immigrant’s personal information would be protected from federal government. She says that if "challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it."

𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗: The D.M.V. will waive the social security number requirement as long as the applicant signs an affidavit that they have not been issued one, and provide additional proofs of identity and age. Licenses will begin to be issued.

𝐼𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝐶𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑠: 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝑒𝑤 𝑌𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑇𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝐴𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑣𝑒

Check out the highlights of today's Early Arrival:- Undocumented immigrants are eligible for driver’s licenses in NY -...
06/19/2019
Early Arrival: Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for Driver’s Licenses in NY

Check out the highlights of today's Early Arrival:

- Undocumented immigrants are eligible for driver’s licenses in NY

- ICE prepares for mass arrests

- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces backlash after calling border facilities “concentration camps”

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Monday’s Edition of Early Arrival: E-Bikes Expected to be Legalized — Most Immigrant Families Return for Court Hearings — ICE Prepares for Mass Arrests

Over 5,200 immigrants are currently quarantined in ICE detention centers across the country  because of mumps and chicke...
06/18/2019
5,200 people in ICE custody quarantined for exposure to mumps or chicken pox

Over 5,200 immigrants are currently quarantined in ICE detention centers across the country because of mumps and chickenpox outbreaks, more than double the number of detainees who were quarantined in March.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed 5,200 adult immigrants in quarantine after being exposed to mumps or chicken pox, a dramatic jump from just a few months ago, the agency says.

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal aid organization that help...
06/18/2019
21 Savage donates $25K to Southern Poverty Law Center

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal aid organization that helped him when he faced deportation by ICE in February. His attorney Charles Kuck said in a statement that “(...) Americans need to know that ICE is using civil immigration detention as a weapon against immigrants, many of whom, like 21 Savage, have relief from deportation and are able to fix their immigration status.”

The rapper said the SPLC helped him when he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this year.

One year after saying undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “should be afraid,” Tom D. Homan was picked by Trump as th...
06/17/2019
Trump's border czar pick says he hasn't agreed to job

One year after saying undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “should be afraid,” Tom D. Homan was picked by Trump as the new “border czar.” But he hasn’t agreed to the job yet.

Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in today's "Inside Politics" forecast.

In today's Early Arrival:- Lack of evidence forces ICE to release teens accused of being MS-13 gang members.- New York G...
06/17/2019
Early Arrival: Judge Questions Evidence in ICE Gang Cases

In today's Early Arrival:

- Lack of evidence forces ICE to release teens accused of being MS-13 gang members.

- New York Gov. Cuomo is discouraging senators from passing the Green Light bill, which would make undocumented immigrants eligible to apply for driver’s licenses at DMV.

- A Bronx street has been renamed after a Ghanian immigrant who died while saving four children from a fire in 2017.

And more!

https://documentedny.com/2019/06/17/early-arrival-judge-questions-evidence-in-ice-gang-cases/

Monday’s Edition of Early Arrival: Cuomo and Jacobs Discourage Support for Green Light Bill — 7-Year-Old Found Dead in the Desert — ‘Border Czar’ Caught By Surprise

DACA was a powerful driver for pushing undocumented youth towards higher education. But its end means that roughly 100,0...
06/15/2019
A new generation of ‘un-DACAmented’ high school graduates fights hurdles to higher ed

DACA was a powerful driver for pushing undocumented youth towards higher education. But its end means that roughly 100,000 undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools each year won’t have authorization to work or get student loans.

Undocumented immigrant teens are increasingly graduating from high school without legal protections such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Despite the uncertainty, these students are turning to their networks and one another to push ahead and pursue higher education.

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