“They Need Our Help”: Bahamian-American Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Let In Storm Survivors Seeking Refuge

The death toll in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit 50 Monday and is expected to keep rising exponentially. Many survivors of the Category 5 storm are now seeking refuge in the United States. At least 4,000 hurricane survivors have traveled to the U.S. since the hurricane hit, but many more are facing a struggle with paperwork and mounting confusion about what’s necessary to gain entry. Over the weekend, more than 100 people seeking aid and refuge in the U.S. were turned away after boarding a ferry bound for Florida. Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said that the U.S. is considering extending temporary protected status for Dorian survivors, while President Trump dismissed the idea of easing travel requirements for people from the Bahamas. We speak with Shevrin Jones, Democractic Florida representative. He is Bahamian-American, and his family lives in the Bahamas.

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