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An adjunct immigration professor in New York responded to my article titled, "NY state to give $15,600 payments to illegal immigrants."

As you know, the Democrat-controlled NY legislature approved $2.1 billion in funds to provide $15,600 payments to undocumented workers who are in this country illegally.

Nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants in New York are eligible for the $15,600 "first tier" payments.

An additional 200,000 undocumented immigrants will qualify for the second tier of the program that pays $3,200 per worker.

Rosemari Mealy JD, PhD made a strong argument that Americans should foot the bill for Covid relief payments to illegal immigrants.

Rosemari writes:

Greetings Ms. Rose:

As an adjunct professor who teaches Immigrant Rights and the Law at one of the CUNY colleges, I support this measure passed by the NY Assembly which provides COVID relief to NY's Undocumented Workers from a set-aside-designated fund. The intent of those payments comprise a sense of respect and compassion for the lives of human beings i.e. "workers" who are faceless to most people, including, if you read closely, many of those who commented with such selfish hostility on your site. Yet, these same undocumented men, women and families of the undocumented play a key role in keeping the wheels of commerce rolling in NY and throughout the nation.

In addition to working in underpaid and often critical jobs, they provide care and support to sustain the comfort and life to many. Let us not forget that many of these workers, especially women are often entrapped in the employment of the wealthy who depend on them to ensure their luxury life styles while exploiting the labor of the undocumented immigrants.

Can you even Imagine trying to live in NY on 15,000 a year? If NY State lawmakers (Democrats) exhibited that level of humanity during COVID 19, by recognizing this emergency to extend a hand to that sector of our community, then they have my vote.

Also, on a more personal note, I know now that I will have in my class at least "One More Dreamer" whose parent may be Haitian, or from one of the African or Latinx nations and is the daughter or son of an undocumented worker. She /he /they will now be able to study and focus on their coursework and will not have to drop out during the semester as a result of once again being homeless.

I close again with the following question, Can you even Imagine trying to live in NY on 15,000 a year? While the payments stipulates up to $15 000, most will probably not qualify. However, any amount of the grant could make an important difference in the lives of so many of NY's undocumented workers. The same worker(s) that we all have come to depend on.

Stay safe.
Peace.

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Rosemari Mealy JD, PhD

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Richard Gere clashed with an Italian politician who suggested the American actor take a boatload of stranded African migrants back to Hollywood with him. The migrants have been stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy for 9 days.

On Friday, the Pretty Woman star boarded the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, which is stuck off the coast of Italy, as no European government will offer the rescued migrants on board safe haven.

The ship has been in limbo since August 1. Thousands of social media users around the world issued pleas to European governments to end the humanitarian crisis, which many say is racist.

According to BBC News, Gere called for Italy to allow the migrants to dock and criticized Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini for "demonizing people".

"We have our problems with refugees coming from Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico... It's very similar to what you are going through here," Gere told the BBC. "This has to stop everywhere on this planet now. And it will stop if we say stop."

But, Salvini, who is also interior minister of Italy, hit back, telling Gere to take the 160 migrants back home with him to Hollywood.

"Given this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take (them) back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!" Salvini said in a statement.

Humanitarian aid workers, with the financial support of Gere and others, deliver food and water to the migrants so they don't starve to death while Italy denies their request to dock in the harbor on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

One Instagram user wrote: "My husband on board @proactivaopenarms delivering food and water, after 8 days they still have no port/harbor to disembark. We need to urge please help them!"

The Spanish boat faces a fine of up to $1.1 million if it enters Italian waters.
 

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