NYC Census Response Rate Still Lagging Behind National

September 16 2020

Max Siegelbaum @maxsiegelbaum

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New York Immigration Coalition and NY Counts 2020 are working with elected officials to get as many immigrants as possible to fill out the 2020 Census. As of Sept. 8, NYIC said 58.8 percent of households in New York City and 61.9 in the state had responded to the census. That leaves New York trailing behind the national response rate of 65.5 percent. The organization said fear of participating in the census remains high. The census is safe, secure and confidential and no data can be shared with the Department of Homeland Security, said Steve Choi, executive director of NYIC. Caribbean Life News

In other local immigration news…

ICE Clogged Courts at the Peak of the Pandemic

New York City immigration judges’ case completion rates have dramatically slowed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. In July 2020, judges in New York City’s immigration courts completed 273 cases combined, a fraction of the estimated 2,200 cases they completed in July 2019. But ICE still filed over 100,000 new immigration cases nationwide during just the first two and a half months of the current shutdown. At this rate, immigration courts are unlikely to make a dent in the 14,503 new immigration cases filed in New York City’s courts in fiscal year 2020. The delays have been exacerbated further by the court’s inconsistent handling of shutdowns, which happened randomly and were often announced shortly before they happened. The slowdown, coupled with ICE introducing new cases will only worsen the 300,000-case backlog the agency has pending. Read more at Documented

Report Finds 8 in 10 Undocumented Immigrants in New Jersey Lost Work During COVID

A new report from immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New Jersey found 8 in 10 undocumented immigrants it surveyed lost pay or work during the COVID-19 pandemic, but don’t qualify for financial assistance. « We haven’t had money to pay our rent, our bills, for our children to feed them, » said Heidy Cordero, an organizer with Unidad Latina en Accion in Hightstown. Advocates are calling on the state to extend financial relief to undocumented residents. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) did not respond to a question about whether he would do that. More than 720,000 residents were left out of funding opportunities. nj.com

Trump Can Deport TPS Holders, and New Yorkers Gather to Protest

About 50 demonstrators gathered in Manhattan to protest a Supreme Court ruling that will potentially allow the Trump administration to end the Temporary Protected Status program and deport up to 300,000 immigrants. In New York, Salvadorans and Liberians, among other groups, are recipients of the program. On Monday, the three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court in California, which had halted President Trump’s suspension of the program. The group chanted « We are here to stay! » and « We won’t go back! We will fight back! » TPS allows people to stay in the U.S. if their home country is experiencing some kind of distress. Newsday


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