Tiempo with Joe Torres 10/29/23: Migrant crisis, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and filmmaker Shamir Arzeno

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Sunday, October 29, 2023, 4:38 p.m

Date 10/29/23: Migrant Crisis, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Throughout October on Tiempo, we’ve been delving deeper into the refugee crisis in New York City.

As New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, the city’s shelter system is at capacity and cannot accept more asylum seekers. However, thousands upon thousands of migrants continue to flee their home countries and embark on the difficult journey across different countries in search of a better life for themselves and their families. Joe Torres takes a closer look at what has been a difficult and dangerous journey for many.

According to Mayor Adams, about four thousand migrants come to New York City every week. The majority of these asylum seekers come from Venezuela. Nikura Meléendez, co-founder and co-director of Venezuela and Immigrants Aid, talks to Joe about the volunteer organization that helps Venezuelan migrants who have fled their home country come to NYC.

With the influx of asylum seekers living in our area, many organizations are trying to help in any way they can. One of those organizations is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, whose staff is looking for volunteers to help welcome asylum seekers. Tessa Graham and Christina Perez talk to Joe about their organization and how people can help.

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