GOVERNMENT MUST GRANT MORE RELIEF, INCLUDING IMMIGRATION RELIEF,
TO TSUNAMI VICTIMS," URGES ALBERT BALDEO
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality...
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The U.S. government's intervention and the temporary relief that
has been provided to nationals of the affected countries is appreciated,
but it is not enough. More long term assistance and rehabilitation
must be provided to the infrastructure of these countries. In immigration
matters, the DHS announced on January 10, 2005, that it will extend
limited immigration assistance to many of the foreign nationals
presently in the United States who are facing removal, requesting
extensions of stay or changes of status, and so on. Essentially,
this will stay the removal of persons from Sri Lanka and Maldives
for 90 days. They will consider such requests from others who are
from affected areas. They will extend the status of visitors and
others in the U.S. and expedite processing of certain pending cases
to provide relief.
I strongly advocate and recommend that the DHS should consider extending
relief to Indonesia, Maldives, certain regions of India, Thailand,
and all other affected countries and should designate such countries,
or regions within the affected countries, for Temporary Protected
Status (TPS). The Secretary of DHS has the authority to designate
countries ravaged by the Tsunami for TPS, and this power has actually
been exercised in the past in disasters of less magnitude. We should
not turn our back on the Tsunami victims, or any victims for that
matter, for to do so, is to turn our back on humanity itself.
In fact, just this week the DHS has once again extended TPS to
nationals of El Salvador who were affected by a series of earthquakes
in 2001. Surely, the US government should consider that the devastation
and the substantial disruption to the living conditions in the countries
left suffering from the Tsunami meet, at the very minimum, the standards,
spirit and intent behind the TPS legislative programs. TPS is designed
for this type of catastrophe - where the temporary effects of an
environmental disaster render persons unable to safely return to
their home countries. America must be consistent in its treatment
of the afflicted, the persecuted, the suffering and the deprived.
The affects of the December 26, 2004 Tsunami have not been limited
to the individuals in the Asian countries where it came ashore.
They have been felt by nationals from those countries who find themselves
on U.S. shores, as well. Many of those individuals are now stranded
in the United States, unable to return to their home countries given
the overwhelming damage and devastation there.
Charity, like liberty, truly begins at home...
Photo Caption: City Council Candidate Albert Baldeo and his brother
Dr. Philip Baldeo assist in packing barrels of food, clothing, medical
and other supplies into containers which were shipped to flood and
tsunami victims in Guyana, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand at
the BALDEO COMMUNITY CENTER, 125-14 Liberty Avenue. Anyone who requires
food or clothing can contact the center for FREE help. Other long
term plans are being finalized to build orphanages and schools in
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE ALBERT BALDEO EXPANDS COMMUNITY SERVICES
FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF, VOTER REGISTRATION, CITIZENSHIP DRIVE AND FREE
LEGAL CONSULTATIONS CENTER
A TSUNAMI RELIEF DRIVE has been launched by City Council candidate
Albert Baldeo and Dr. Philip Baldeo at the BALDEO COMMUNITY CENTER
located at 125-14 Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill. The Baldeos urge
all of us to join theirs or similar efforts in this hour of crisis
to our brothers and sisters. Emergency medical services including
medicines, food packets, drinking water, clothes, shoes, AND checks
etc. are being sent to the victims.
ALBERT BALDEO FOR CITY COUNCIL 2005 MAKES THIS APPEAL FOR ALL TO
COME FORWARD AND HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE TERRIBLE TSUNAMI CATASTROPHE!
ALBERT BALDEO HAS MADE PERSONAL & MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS &
DR. PHILIP BALDEO WILL BE SENDING MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND ENCOURAGES
EVERYONE TO ASSIST IN WHATEVER WAY WE CAN.
Candidate Baldeo also visited a number of businesses, sports clubs,
churches, mandirs, masjids, centers, subways, social and civic organizations,
continuing his message of unity, empowerment and progress for ALL
constituents in District #28. Hundreds of residents have been registered
to vote, in addition to the many more who Mr. Baldeo assisted with
his citizenship drive. "We are well on target to register at
least 2,000 new voters by the end of this year, which will give
our people a greater voice in the community's affairs." Meanwhile,
he continues his Outreach Program with his brother Dr. Philip Baldeo
at the Baldeo Community Center, which caters to the needs and problems
facing our community. Meetings are held every Wednesday and Saturday,
and is open daily for FREE voter registration, citizenship advice,
and community needs. Please contact Mr. Albert Baldeo at (718) 529-2300
if you wish free use of the center.