NY legislators urge Biden to declare state of emergency, expedite work permits and lead urgent response to asylum crisis

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President Joe Biden speaks about Hurricane Fiona during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 2 office in New York, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New York Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar on Thursday released an open letter to United States President Joseph Biden urging him to lead a “robust and comprehensive response” to address the refugee and migrant influx of Caribbean and other immigrants in New York City.

Fifty-four elected Officials in New York City from the State Senate, State Assembly and City Council signed the letter by Rajkumar, who represents the 38th Assembly District in Queens.