2023 Civics Edition
May 16, 2023
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Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez. Credit: Reed Dunlea

AOC: White House needs to "Get Out of Our Way": More than 60,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since last spring, with 4,200 arriving last week. Now the City's representatives and senators, led by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are urging the White House to expedite work authorization for asylum seekers, reports Documented. In an interview with the Congresswoman last Friday, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the need for migrants to support the economy and the City’s responsibility to integrate new Americans. “New Yorkers want to welcome, and they are ready to gainfully employ many of the new folks that are arriving here,” she told them.

The lawmakers sent a letter to President Biden requesting that the White House expand the discretionary measure of parole to include asylum seekers, in order to eliminate the 150-day waiting period for employment authorization. The group also argues that expediting work permits would decrease pressure on nonprofits, enable financial independence and stability for asylum seekers, and address labor exploitation.

What does Title 42 ending mean for Haitians?: Title 42's ending represents the end of an immigration era of "cruel policies" and "unjust restrictions on vulnerable migrants," reports The Haitian Times. It also means newcomers from Haiti will have to rely on the community's support, rather than shelters to get by. “Haitians are good at taking care of their own,” said Elsie Saint-Louis, Executive Director and CEO of Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP). More broadly, Title 42 has been replaced by Title 8, which imposes steeper consequences for illegal entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

More: Title 42 has expired. Here's what Biden's new asylum rule means for New York City (Documented)

Suspect vandalizes Minn. mosque weeks after continuous attacks on mosques: Camera footage from a Minnesota mosque shows a masked suspect throwing a chunk of concrete through the mosque's glass door last Friday. Sahan Journal reports that the incident is being investigated as a potential hate crime, following a series of attacks on mosques in Minnesota this year. The mosque's imam estimates the damages are around $10,000.  

ICYMI: Minnesota lawmakers and leaders denounce fires at two Minneapolis mosques, express solidarity with Muslim community

More: 📺 Muslim Americans in the Media: From Islamophobia to Power (URL Media)

First Lady to travel to Alaska in historic visit: This week, Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, will visit Bethel, Alaska, to showcase the Biden-Harris Administration's historic investments to expand broadband connectivity in Native American and Alaska Native communities, reports Native News Online. The visit also includes a joint event by Dr. Biden and representative Mary Peltola, where they will highlight investments made toward expanding broadband access in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

+: Chief Standing Bear stamp released by USPS

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