Tag Archives: immigration

DOJ To Sue Texas Over Rio Grande Razor Wire Barrier

Texas Public Radio reports: The Justice Department has notified Texas that it plans to file a lawsuit over Gov. Greg Abbott’s floating border barrier in the Rio Grande to deter migrants from crossing illegally. The DOJ sent a letter to Abbott on Thursday demanding that Texas remove the buoys and razor wire along the Rio Grande by Monday, July 24, …

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TX Troopers Ordered To Push Migrant Kids Into River

The Houston Chronicle reports: Officers working for Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security initiative have been ordered to push small children and nursing babies back into the Rio Grande, and have been told not to give water to asylum seekers even in extreme heat, according to an email from a Department of Public Safety trooper who described the actions as “inhumane.” …

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Multiple Groups Sue Florida Over Anti-Immigrant Law

Politico reports: Several groups sued the DeSantis administration Monday over Florida’s latest anti-immigration law, arguing that it “inflicts enormous harm on people’s ability to go about their daily lives.” Filed in Miami federal court, the lawsuit targets the wide-ranging immigration policies enacted by Florida earlier this year at the behest of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who regularly criticizes how Biden is …

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WSJ: DeSantis Is Exacerbating Florida’s Labor Shortage

From the Wall Street Journal editorial board: An estimated 772,000 undocumented immigrants lived in Florida in 2019, many of whom have been there for years and contribute significantly to the state economy. Construction, agriculture and hospitality depend heavily on undocumented workforces, not least because of a shortage of U.S. workers for such lower-wage and -skilled jobs. Employers in these industries …

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Mexico Condemns New Florida Anti-Immigrant Law

Reuters reports: Mexico’s government on Saturday slammed a tough new state immigration law in Florida spearheaded by Republican Governor and U.S. presidential contender Ron DeSantis, and the country vowed to help protect undocumented Mexicans in that state. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said the provisions could prompt discrimination and racial profiling, and give rise to hostile environments, intimidation and …

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Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Bill Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

The Florida Phoenix reports: Florida’s sweeping anti-immigration bill is set to go into effect this Saturday, and critics of the law warned Wednesday that it will impact far more than the undocumented immigrant population. “Floridians will see higher costs for our groceries due to worker shortages, longer waits at restaurants, struggles to keep employees, less housing options as construction workforces …

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Texas Gov Ships Busload Of Migrants To Los Angeles

Politico reports: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday he had sent a group of migrants to Los Angeles, the latest attempt by a red-state governor to provoke progressive California on immigration. Abbott’s decision expands a program that has sent thousands of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence in Washington as well as to Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia as part …

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Florida Republicans Beg Migrant Workers Not To Leave

Florida Politics reports: Republican state Representatives urged a group of Hispanic religious leaders to counsel their flocks not to abandon their jobs in Florida — even if they are not in the country legally. Video clips now making the rounds on social media show Republican Reps. Alina Garcia and Rick Roth speaking to those assembled at a Hialeah meeting with …

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FL Admits It Was Behind Latest Dumping Of Migrants

Sacramento’s NBC affiliate reports: The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday confirmed its involvement in migrant relocations by flights to Sacramento and released video that it argued shows they were not “kidnapped” or treated poorly. The video provided by Florida’s Division of Emergency Management shows 2 minutes and 21 seconds of short video clips and photos of migrants …

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FL Officials Silent After Latest Migrant Dumping Flights

Politico reports: A second plane full of migrants from the Texas border landed in Sacramento on Monday, leading California officials to escalate allegations that the DeSantis administration has resumed its controversial relocation program. Although the flights are receiving national attention, Florida officials, by and large, are staying silent about any potential involvement while Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been campaigning …

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Charges Filed In Migrant Flight To Martha’s Vineyard

The Texas Tribune reports: The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says it has completed its investigation into the transport of 49 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last September by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and filed criminal charges with the local district attorney. A statement from the sheriff’s office says it has filed several counts of unlawful restraint, both …

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CA Gov Threatens To Charge “Small, Pathetic” DeSantis

The Hill reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday escalated his war of words with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, calling him a “small, pathetic man” and floating kidnapping charges over a flight of migrants sent to his state. The Democratic governor lobbed the barbs on Twitter after California’s attorney general said Florida’s government appeared to …

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California AG: Florida Paid To Dump Migrants [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: California Attorney General Rob Bonta said the state of Florida appears to have arranged for a group of South American migrants to be dropped off outside a Sacramento church. “While this is still under investigation, we can confirm these individuals were in possession of documentation purporting to be from the government of the State of Florida,” …

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CA AG: Private Jet Dumped Migrants In Sacramento

CNN reports: An investigation is underway after over a dozen migrants arrived in Sacramento, California, by private jet “with no prior arrangement or care in place,” Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta said Saturday. California state officials on Saturday met with the group, who had documentation “purporting to be from the government of the State of Florida,” Bonta …

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Florida Businesses Strike Over Anti-Immigration Law

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Protests are planned across six Florida cities and some businesses across the state are shutting their doors Thursday in opposition to a tough, new immigration law pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is campaigning this week in Iowa and New Hampshire. The measure, which takes effect July 1, is considered among the toughest steps taken by …

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Labor Dept: 18.1% Of US Workforce Is Foreign-Born

Axios reports: The share of foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor force reached a record high last year, per new data from the Labor Department. With more Americans aging out of the workforce than entering into it — and at a time of labor shortages — immigrants are playing an increasingly crucial role in the labor market. The share of …

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15 Homeless Men Were Paid $100 To Pose As Veterans Being Displaced From NY Hotels For Incoming Migrants

The Albany Times-Union reports: Two men currently staying at a homeless shelter in Poughkeepsie said they were among a group of 15 recruited a few days ago to portray homeless veterans displaced from upstate hotels by incoming migrants. In interviews, the men said two people came to the shelter saying they had work for 15 men between the ages of …

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Right Wing Outlets Ran Fake Story About Homeless Vets Being Ejected From Hotels To Make Room For Migrants

The Albany Times-Union reports: Over the past week, a sensational story has torn through local and national media: A local nonprofit said homeless veterans under its care had been kicked out of upstate hotels to make room for migrants bused from New York City. But the story has fallen apart over the past 48 hours, culminating Thursday evening with state …

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Fourth Civil Rights Group Issues Florida Travel Advisory

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued a travel advisory Wednesday, citing the recent passage of SB 1718 which, among other provisions, requires large employers to verify worker citizenships. The law, once in effect would suspend the license of those who knowingly hire undocumented employees. LULAC president Domingo Garcia said his advocacy group “believes …

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Alarm Grows Over Vanishing Florida Laborers [VIDEO]

Vox reports: The videos from Florida aren’t hard to find: Dozens of clips of empty fields, abandoned construction sites, and scores of truck drivers calling for boycotts of the state have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on TikTok and Twitter over the last month. The common thread? Fear and frustration over the state’s newest anti-immigrant law, signed a …

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