Boundless Weekly Immigration News: May 31, 2024

U.S. Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Immigration Law

A federal judge temporarily blocked a Florida law criminalizing the transport of undocumented immigrants, citing fears it causes among those traveling with them. The injunction halts a key part of the law as legal challenges proceed.

The injunction stems from a lawsuit by the Farmworker Association of Florida, which argued the law was unconstitutional and harmful to immigrant families. The law, backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, took effect in July 2023.

Migrant Crossings Drop for Third Consecutive Month. 

Border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border dropped by over 50% in May compared to record highs in December, offering an unexpected relief to the Biden administration amid historically surging migration. 

This decrease, attributed partially to Mexico’s crackdown on migrants, marks the third consecutive monthly decline, with preliminary statistics projecting a significant drop in apprehensions for May.

Fewer People Naturalized In 2023

The number of naturalizations in the U.S. dropped slightly to 878,500 people in 2023, down 10% from 969,000 people in 2022, but up 22% from the 2010-2020 average of 721,000. 

The top five cities, in descending order, were Brooklyn, Miami, Houston, the Bronx, and Los Angeles. The top states were California, Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey. 

Mayorkas Says Some Migrants Try to “Game” the Asylum System. 

In an interview with CBS News, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that some migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border try to “game” the asylum system, a view often expressed by Republicans. Mayorkas emphasized that this issue does not apply to all migrants but is being addressed accordingly. 

His statement comes amid record levels of migrant arrests and growing concerns about immigration, a key issue for voters ahead of the presidential election. While Republicans argue for stricter asylum restrictions, Democrats focus on speeding up claim processing to grant asylum to those who qualify and deport those who don’t.

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