By Aubrey Campbell
NEW YORK, NY. Saturday, October 6, 2018 – A noted Immigration Rights Advocate with deep roots in the Caribbean says the new immigration proposal from the Trump Administration will make it harder and near impossible for persons to aspire for a piece of the ‘American dream’.
Jamaican Irwin G. Clare, Sr., head of the New York-based Caribbean Immigrant Services, says the new proposal from the White House, will change the face of immigration as we know it, making it harder for economically challenged persons to get ‘green cards’, as well as penalizing folks who have used certain Federal benefits, from getting their citizenship.
Clare’s comments came just hours after a 447-page document was made public for the first time, while accepting an award for Community Service, from the Montego Bay High School Alumnae Association – New York chapter, at the Maestro’s Banquet Hall, Bronx.
According to published reports, immigrants who legally use public benefits like food stamps and Section 8 housing vouchers, could be denied an alien registration ‘green’ card (ARC), under the new rules, aimed primarily at keeping out people who the Administration deem, will be a strain on the country’s liberal welfare system. This includes older immigrants who get low-cost prescription medication through Medicare.
In underlining the seriousness of the new ruling, which is currently in its 60-day review process, Clare, Sr., pointed to the importance of the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, urging, ‘those persons who qualify, to register to vote and those persons who have a vote, to exercise that right, this coming November’.
Clare, Sr., shared the stage with Judge Sheron Barnes (Class of ’77), who was presented with the Beacon Award, for her outstanding service in the fields of Law and Media. She is a former reporter/editor with the Gleaner Company.
President Merlene Mullings (Class of ’84), said the chapter was grateful for the support from the community over the past five years, evidenced by fifty educational awards, valued at $13,000 to present students at the all – girls school in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“We are now closer to our goal of $50,000 to assist the school realize its 20/20 vision,” she noted.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Braawta Folk Singers, Road Int’l Disco and MC/Comedian Dwight ‘Barrelman’ Ross from Jamaica.