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NYC Immigration Advocates Call on Biden to Fast-Track Migrant Work Permits

The city has been scrambling to bolster its shelter system and triage the most immediate needs of newly arrived migrants.

A bus carrying migrants from Texas arrives at Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York on Aug. 10.

A bus carrying migrants from Texas arrives at Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York on Aug. 10.

Photographer: Yuki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images

Migrants from Central and South America — many of whom recently arrived to New York City via buses from Texas — should receive fast-tracked work authorization, according to advocates who are calling on the Biden administration to take action. 

“The same humanitarian parole and work authorization response that was rightly afforded to Ukrainians and Afghans is needed for asylum seekers in our own hemisphere,” Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York City, said at a press conference on Wednesday. His organization is helping migrants with their immigration cases as well as providing food and other necessities to them.