Legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would suspend deportations of Haitian nationals – including members of the Bronx’s large Haitian community – amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For the first time, we’re going to have a truly reliable major supply of testing,” de Blasio said at a press briefing Tuesday, after his pleas for more tests from the White House went unanswered. “The number one issue from day one has been testing.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter to White House trade advisor Peter Navarro Sunday requesting 110,000 COVID-19 test kits, more than a million protective gowns for health care workers, and 134,000 protective face shields, as The Bronx reels from coronavirus deaths.
ICE has begun an operation targeting illegal immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities across the U.S., with agents stepping up surveillance in predominantly Latino neighborhoods—including parts of the Bronx, local immigration attorneys told Bronx Justice News.
The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is particularly vulnerable to downwind smog and air pollution. Asthma death rates in the Bronx are three times higher than the rest of the nation, research shows.
The new work requirements, part of a USDA rule change, will affect people between the ages of 18 and 49 who have not kids and are not disabled, government officials said.
President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was delaying a series of planned ICE raids expected to target illegal immigrant families—enforcement operations that sent fear across Latinx communities nationwide, including the Bronx.