Immigrant advocates urge Biden to ‘step up, increase’ support for Caribbean asylum seekers


Immigration advocates in New York have urged the Federal Government to “step up and increase” support for Caribbean and other asylum seekers.

The call came as the US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday sent an “assessment team” to New York City to evaluate the ability of the state and city to handle the ongoing arrivals of asylum seekers. 

“This past weekend marked the anniversary of the first buses arriving at Port Authority [in New York], and, still, the Federal Government has made very little progress in delivering Humanitarian Parole or providing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to these asylum seekers,” Murad Awawdeh, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), an umbrella policy and advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York, told Caribbean Life.