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Overseas: US congresswoman welcomes plans to aid undocumented Caribbean immigrants

Caribbean360 - Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Caribbean360: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed a plan by New York City to aid undocumented Caribbean immigrants.

New York City officials say the city will spend US$18 million to help undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants find jobs.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate, said the money will fund legal services and adult education classes that the US federal government requires immigrants to take to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will provide free legal services to immigrants threatened with deportation who are unable to represent themselves in proceedings.

“New York has always been a city of immigrants within a nation of immigrants,” said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn.

“Under this program, thousands of immigrants in Brooklyn and other parts of the City will finally have an opportunity to challenge the deportation proceedings that separate families and weaken communities,” she added.

The program permits immigrants to live and work in the US, regardless of the outcome of an immigration reform bill currently in the House of Representatives, provided they are between 15 and 31 years-old as of June 15, 2012.

Nearly 80,000 immigrants living in New York are eligible for the deferred action, but about 16,000 need to enroll in an adult education program to qualify.

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  1. Jane
    July 26, 2013
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    Many may not like this view but I think people should not be encouraged to reside illegally in any foreign country whether it is here in the Caribbean or in America or Europe. I understand sometimes (such as in the case of the Haiti’s)extreme poverty can cause those affected to risk their lives in search of a “better life” but in many cases, particularly in the Caribbean those persons are granted visitors visas and they just decide to ignore the restrictions of the visas and proceed to permanently reside. Even people who say they are Christians do that and the whole thing is just puzzling to me.

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  2. July 25, 2013
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    “Under this program, thousands of immigrants in Brooklyn and other parts of the City will finally have an opportunity to challenge the deportation proceedings that separate families and weaken communities,”

    so why have deportation laws?

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