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Natural and political disasters fuel immigration and migration

Immigration Unaccompanied Children
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FILE - In this July 17, 2014 file photo, Darwin Ruiz, 5, left, his sister Jolleth Ruiz, 8, center, and their aunt, Ashley Orve, play in the front yard of the of the Ruiz' apartment building in Huntington Station, N.Y. While Darwin was born in the United States, Jolleth traveled to the United States from Nicaragua without her parents, but with her sister instead, in June of 2013. In November 2014, immigration activists are calling for funding to help provide legal services to the more than 3,000 children living in Long Island who crossed illegally into the U.S. without their parents. They say that only two non-profit organizations offer immigration attorneys to the minors in the area. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Natural disasters and political upheaval fuel human migration. This is The Full Story.   Five years ago Hurricane Maria, devastated islands in the Caribbean and caused more than 13,000 evacuees to settle in Connecticut.  Last year, in New York, about 2,600 unaccompanied minors from the US southern border were relocated to Long Island. 

Now there’s Hurricane Fiona and Ian.  And US Governors are treating asylum seekers like pawns in their political power games.  How do we offer shelter and support to people reeling from natural or political chaos?  And what happens to them when the storms stop?  Seeking Shelter in Connecticut and on Long Island.

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Alexander Holtzman, Director of Hofstra Law’s Deportation Defense Clinic

Jim Himes, US Congressman, Represents Bridgeport

Ameya Biradavolu, Director of Programs at WANA (We Are Not Afraid Community Resource Center)

Yanidisi Velez-Bonet, New England Regional Director at Hispanic Federation

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