Asylum-seekers have to wait 6 months to work in US per federal law
Record immigration is overwhelming shelters and even our nation’s biggest city.
Mayor Eric Adam: “This crisis is probably one of the greatest humanitarian crises that has hit our city in a long time.”
But why are asylum seekers so dependent on aid? Many say they came here looking to work.
Luis Cumare, Venezuela: “We came here hungry but hungry to work.”
So why don’t they work? The answer – federal law doesn’t allow asylum seekers to work for at least six months.
Immigrants with pending asylum claims may file an application for employment authorization 150 days after they file their asylum paperwork. They are not eligible to receive an Employment Authorization Document, or EAD, for at least another 30 days. Citizenship and immigration services says this is commonly referred to as the 180-Day Asylum EAD Clock.
Gov. Kathy Hochul: “That’s not working. That’s not a solution. They’re ready to work, they’re willing to work and they’re not able to work. …. We need this help from Washington.”
Mayor Adams, Governor Hochul, and New York’s Congressional delegation are all calling for an expedited work authorization.
The members of Congress, led by Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wrote to President Biden saying the situation: “worsens widespread labor shortages and hobbles the U.S. economy at a time when more than 10 million jobs remain unfilled. Cities and states across the country desperately need workers.
They added: “Instead of providing a safe haven for people fleeing persecution, we keep them in a limbo state where they want and need to provide for themselves but are legally barred from doing so.”
The letter called on President Biden to expand his parole program, allowing immigrants to immediately apply for a work authorization. But Republicans have called for stricter asylum rules, and a recent immigration bill the GOP passed in the House did not address it. STraight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.