US Immigration Weekly Roundup – New York Amsterdam News

Prepare for a new US immigration program under the Biden administration as US Customs and Border Protection said it saw 216,162 people trying to enter the US at its land border Southwest in December 2022, an 11% increase over the previous month. Here are the top immigration stories that have hit the headlines recently.

1: The Welcome Corps program is here

The Biden administration has announced the launch of a new immigration program: the Welcome Corps. The program, according to the US Department of State, is intended to complement the traditional US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by allowing Americans to join others, in groups of at least five, to apply for the sponsoring a new refugee.

As part of this process, the group will need to raise $2,750 per refugee, pass background checks, and create a support plan. The State Department aims to recruit 10,000 Americans who can help 5,000 refugees in the first year of the program. The new initiative will be developed in two phases. Log on to to register as a sponsor.

2: More than 20,000 immigrants detained

The most recent data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) showed that as of January 15, 2023, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained 20,892 immigrants detained by ICE. The TRAC data also noted that 11,710 immigrants out of 20,892, or more than 56%, detained have no criminal record. Many more have only minor offenses, including moving violations.