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NYS Haitian legislative caucus signals progress, but still far from powerful bloc – Haitian Times

The Haitian Times
Bridging the gap
This article is the first in a series about the 2022 federal midterm and state elections, supported by the Center for Community Media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. The first two stories examine the Haitian-American legislative caucus in the state assembly and how this year’s Haitian-American candidates might affect it, if elected. 
NEW YORK — When last year’s Haitian refugee crisis in Del Rio, Texas hit the news in  September, several Haitian-American politicians from New York headed south to the border. With clergy and other immigrant advocates, they held press conferences and even met with congressional leaders. 
But once the Del Rio underpass was cleared and the headlines stopped, the longer-term needs of the refugees largely went unaddressed, community members said. The lack of a coordinated response left some wondering why Haitian-American elected representatives, including those who informally form the New York State Haitian Legislative Caucus, did not do more to help Haitian refugees coming into the state. 

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.

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