VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Editor’s note: Here’s a look at this week’s US immigration news. Questions? tips? Comments? Email the VOA Immigration Team: [email protected]

Analysts do not expect any significant changes in immigration policy after the midterms

Despite the record influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border and a labor shortage in the United States, experts believe immigration policy will remain unchanged after the midterm elections. Some experts say that if Republicans take control of Congress, President Joe Biden will likely turn to the administrative process to secure immigration changes. Story by Aline Barros, VOA’s immigration reporter.

US Migrant Busing Highlights Immigration Policy Ahead of Midterms

The Republican governors of Florida and Texas have tried to highlight the record number of migrants arriving at the southern US border by sending thousands of people seeking political asylum to Washington, New York and other Democrat-run locations. Aron Ranen reports from New York City on the bus arrivals and their potential political implications ahead of the November midterm elections.

Climate migration: Alaskan village resists despite threats

Search online for the small town of Shishmaref and you’ll see homes perilously close to the sea and headlines warning that this western Alaskan Native American community is on the verge of disappearing. Climate change is partly responsible for rising seas, flooding, erosion and loss of protective ice and land threatening this Inupiat village of about 600 people just a few kilometers from the Arctic Circle. But the dire situation is only part of the story. Associated Press report.

Texas: What international migration means for its politics

Since 2010, the population of the US state of Texas has grown rapidly, including in the Houston metropolitan area, which has seen an influx of migrants from Latin America and Asia. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has learned more about what draws people to the state and how the newcomers are shaping Texas politics.

Migration around the world

Australia repatriates 17 citizens from Syrian camps

Four women and 13 children were repatriated to Australia on Saturday after years of suffering in run-down Syrian detention camps following the fall of Islamic State. It was the first in a series of planned missions, bringing back around 20 Australian women and 40 children – the wives, sons and daughters of defeated ISIS fighters – from the notorious al-Hol and Roj camps. Reported by Agence France-Presse.

Malaysia is considering closing UN refugee agency offices, raising fears of refoulement

Malaysia says it is considering plans to shut down the local office of the United Nations refugee agency amid allegations that the government is forcibly deporting Burmese asylum-seekers who fled Myanmar for their lives. Reported by Zsombor Peter.

Ukrainian refugees find work and shelter in the Bulgarian film studio

After fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion, two women found themselves in an unusual safe house: Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria. Tatiana Vorozhko has the story. VOA recordings by Svitlana Koval. Video editing – Kostiantyn Golubchyk.

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The US Department of Homeland Security announced limited implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) under the new final rule. “Since its inception in 2012, DACA has enabled over 800,000 young people to stay with their families in the only country many of them have ever known and continue to contribute to their communities across the United States.”


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