Awareness - July 11, 2023 - We Welcome

Awareness - July 11, 2023

Refugee numbers for June show the 4th straight month of over 6,000 admissions

The number of refugees admitted into the U.S. in June totaled 6,844. This makes June the 4th month in a row of over 6,000 monthly admissions. The total number of refugees who have been resettled into the U.S. in FY2023 now totals 38,653. The country is on track to resettle approximately 60,000 refugees this year, the largest number of resettlements since FY2016.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis releases list of invalid out-of-state licenses possessed by undocumented immigrants

New immigration legislation signed by Governor DeSantis took effect on July 1 in Florida. Among the provisions outlined in Senate Bill 1718 is the invalidation of government issued identification for immigrants who are without proper documentation. The states currently on the list of invalid out-of-state licenses are Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This list is subject to be updated periodically.

U.S. and Mexico explore a new U.S. refugee program for some non-Mexican asylum seekers

Officials from the U.S. and Mexico are discussing the details of a new refugee program for some asylum seekers who are currently waiting in Mexico, according to sources close to the conversation. Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan refugees who can show that they were in Mexico prior to June 6 would be the likely candidates for the program. The discussion is ongoing and no final decisions have been made at this point. This program is a part of President Biden’s commitment to provide more legal pathways for migration. 

White supremacist who fatally shot 23 people at an El Paso Walmart in 2019 sentenced to life in prison

On Friday, July 7, Patrick Crusius was sentenced to 90 consecutive life sentences for fatally shooting 23 people in an El Paso Walmart on August 3, 2019. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to all 90 federal charges against him. The defense team had said Crusius suffered from schizoaffective disorder, but prosecutors said that was not a defense for his actions. “What happened was a cold, calculated scheme targeting immigrants and Hispanics,” federal prosecutor Ian Martinez Hanna said. “A shooting spree that spared no one. It was not a crime of passion. It was not an accident. It was a calculated act that he planned."


This week's news blog was written by Jen Wellman.