"US 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."
Mahatma Gandhi

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 these countries.

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.

 

 

 
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