Immigration News: January 25, 2023

Yellow sign with black lettering, saying "Asylum is a human right."

Mark Newhouse, an electrical engineer with a PhD and a highly successful career, started a fund and a program to help undocumented workers in Colorado. It’s his way to pay back the generosity that greeted his ancestors in Mexico.

Fleeing Nazi Germany, his grandparents were refused entrance at port after port in the United States and South America—no Jews welcome. Then the ship docked in Mexico, and the president himself granted asylum to Newhouse’s grandparents and four other Jews on the ship. 

[Colorado Sun] “Mexico would be their safe haven. His grandparents lived there until his grandfather died and his grandmother returned to Germany. …

“When COVID hit, suddenly, his focus [on helping undocumented workers] became clear.

“’This whole population was doing work that needed to be done,’ he said of people living and working in Colorado without proper documents. ‘They grow our food, serve our elderly, play key roles in how our meals get made and served, how our whole hospitality industry runs. They do grocery deliveries and construction …

“They do essential work. They play an important role in our economy and all the while they are officially discriminated against and constantly at risk of deportation.

“’It’s just like how the Jews in my family were treated.'” 

And in other news

Texas ships asylum seekers to northern cities, without coordination warning, sometimes lying to the asylum seekers about where they will end up. Arizona has also shipped asylum seekers north, but has coordinated with the cities where they send people and with at least one NGO. Newly-elected Governor Katie Hobbs (D) might continue the busing program.

[Border Report] “In a news conference Friday, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) left open the possibility of keeping the busing policy but said her administration would verify its efficacy.

“’We need to look at that practice and make sure that it’s effective, [that] it’s something that supports local communities. If we’re spending the money to bus people, why not just get them to their final destination?’ Hobbs told reporters near the end of a 16-minute press conference.” 

According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, deaths will outnumber births in the United States by 2042. The only way to maintain and grow the U.S. population will be through immigration.

[Bloomberg News] “At a time when many analysts have focused on demographics as a potential drag on the US economy, the higher forecast offers some encouragement. Much of the growth is projected to come in the so-called prime-age bracket, between 25 and 54, that is the core of the workforce. The CBO expects that cohort to increase by about 1.1 million people, or 0.9%, each year.”

In January, new threats of immediate expulsion to Mexico were coupled with the introduction of (very limited) humanitarian parole for migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela and with the requirement for use of the CBP One cell phone app to schedule asylum screenings. One result: far fewer migrants taken into custody at the border in January. 

[Washington Post] “Officials touted the success of the programs, which direct migrants to apply online and have a sponsor in the United States instead of trying border crossings, a day after Republican officials in 20 states filed a federal lawsuit in Texas to halt the programs. Republicans say the programs amount to an end-run around immigration laws, while Biden administration officials say the latest preliminary apprehension figures show that their policies can help ease the influx on the border.

“Senior administration officials said in a news conference Wednesday that the number of migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela attempting to cross the border illegally had dropped from a seven-day average of 3,367 migrants a day on Dec. 11 to a seven-day average of 115 per day, a 97 percent drop, putting January on track to post the lowest number of monthly apprehensions since February 2021. At that time, officials took more than 100,000 migrants into custody on the southern border.” 

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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