In today’s blog, we will be taking a brief look at the most important US immigration news of this month. So, let’s begin.
The immigration Application Backlog Increased By 4%
The backlog of immigrant visa applications increased by nearly 4% in October to 399,000 cases in October compared to around 385,000 pending cases in September.
The number of green card candidates who were waiting for a scheduled interview also rose by more than 18,000.
Compared to September, the Department of State scheduled around 11% more green card interviews in October.
Migrant Transfers Continue Across the U.S. Despite Controversy
Despite the controversy, the Florida government announced plans to continue to relocate illegal immigrants to Democratic strongholds through its “Immigration Relocation Program.” About a month ago, Florida governor Ron DeSantis gave orders to transfer 50 unsuspecting migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard who had been accused of making false promises of work, housing, and cash assistance upon arrival. These transfers initiated a nationwide debate.
In the following weeks, more than 100 immigrants are set to be flown to Delaware and Illinois.
Increase In Dollar’s Value Causing Global Food Crisis
The increase in the price of the U.S. dollar has been surging the global food crisis leaving the importers confused about how they can pay for goods.
Already, the food importers were facing difficulty in making payments, and recently, the high-interest rates and difficulty in acquiring dollars has caused thousands of food containers to be stuck at ports.
Per the World Food Programme, this is the worst food crisis in modern history.
Numbers of Immigrant Voters Increase In The Swing States
Due to the changing demographics of the American electorate, some states have seen a considerable increase in immigrant voters compared to the last 2016 mid-terms.
Florida, which is home to some of the most competitive races this electoral season, saw an increase of 2.1% in the number of immigrant voters, which has risen from 2,139,399 immigrant voters in 2016 to 2,650,860 in 2022. While in Texas, foreign-born voters now account for 11.1% of the voting population in the state, which is an increase from 9.2% in 2016.
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