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Postmaster: Send address change to News India Times, 1655 Oak Tree Toad, Suite 155 Edison, NJ 08820-2843 Annual Subscription: United States: $28 Disclaimer: Parikh Worldwide Media assumes no liability for claims/ assumptions made in advertisements and advertorials. Opinion News India Times January 27, 2023 3 TheMigrant Crisis Needs A Solution. Fix It In These Six Steps I t isn’t often that the mayor of New York travels to El Paso. But our cities are dealing with the same humanitar- ian crisis, about 2,000 miles apart: migrants pouring in from countries, many with failing governments, in Central and South America and the Caribbean. So I went down to the southern border this week to see for myself why this emergency has become so challenging. What I found in El Paso was exactly what I feared. The national crisis has left local governments and grass-roots orga- nizations along the border struggling to adequately care for the migrants coming into their communities. Unfortunately, the immigration explo- sion has provided a dark opportunity for the xenophobic and callous in our country who say the crisis proves we should close our borders completely, abandoning the nation’s history of wel- coming the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The governors of Texas and Florida are even making a political game of vulnerable people’s lives, by sending them north with no coordination or care for their well-being – instead of urging lawmakers to take action. The governors of those states say they cannot handle the flow of migrants and maintain local services for existing residents, and that is true. NewYork is also at a breaking point. The region is already annually the largest recipient of immi- grants of any local government in the United States, but the total breakdown in immigration planning and policy over the past decade has now not only increased the number of migrants we absorb, but also the speed at which we must try to absorb them. It has thus become far more difficult for NewYork to guarantee the health and safety of new arrivals while providing for existing NewYorkers, nearly 40 percent of whom are themselves immigrants. Now we need billions of additional dollars from the federal and state governments to do both. But that is where the similarities between cynics such as the governors of Texas and Florida and the people of New York end. In a crisis, NewYorkers don’t ship their problems off to become some- one else’s burden. We tackle challenges head-on. That is why I’m proposing six simple steps about what’s needed to address the migrant crisis: 1. A government official solely focused on overseeing the migrant response and coordinating all relevant agencies and government entities, including the U.S. Border Patrol. 2. A decompression strategy at the border that evaluates asylum claims, es- tablishes a plan for each migrant’s arrival – before entry into the United States – and a system to fairly distribute newcomers regionally. 3. Additional congressionally allocated funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to implement that strategy at the border and in the localities where the migrants end up. 4. Expedited right-to-work status for asylum seekers who are allowed to enter the country. 5. A clear, congressionally passed path- way to residency or citizenship for those who enter this country legally. 6. Leadership that takes an all-hands- on-deck approach by bringing together nonprofits, the faith-based community and the private sector, alongside state and local government, to meet this challenge. It’s important to note that for over a decade, Democratic leadership has worked to pass comprehensive immigra- tion reform, and last year it was able to allocate $800 million for this crisis. The Biden-Harris administration, in addition to putting forward its own immigration plan, has provided support to cities facing the crisis, and put in place border mea- sures providing some needed relief. But given the growing scope of the problem, more needs to be done. Taking a straightforward approach is essential to addressing the crisis in a way that members of both parties – and the American people – can support. Doing so could turn the crisis into an opportunity for the United States. By providing a fair start and foundation for migrants who are coming here to work and thrive, we will strengthen our country. Look at NewYork. For nearly 400 years, the city has taken in all kinds of people from everywhere, and it has more wealth than any other city in the world. This city of immigrants and their descendants is, to this day, an economic engine that pro- vides far more in tax dollars for the federal government than it receives in spending. Fixing the migrant crisis is not only the right thing to do, it is smart public policy for the United States. For those of us – especially my fellow Democrats – who be- lieve that a well-run government can solve intractable problems and care adequately for all people, this is a fight we absolutely cannot afford to lose. The status quo rewards only those who seek to pit people against one another for political gain. And I’m confident that there is a critical mass of Republicans who would support a sensible and fair-minded approach to finally ending a crisis that has been decades in the making. It’s time to restore America as a beacon of hope and prosperity, and a model of government and leadership.. Eric Adams, a Democrat, is the mayor of New York. -Special to TheWashington Post By Eric Adams H ealth care is growing hard to come by in rural America. Three-quarters of rural coun- ties suffer from doctor short- ages. Hundreds of rural hospitals are at risk of closing due to financial hardship. And while 20% of the U.S. population lives in a rural region, just 10% of physicians practice in these communities. Fortunately, there’s a group of doc- tors uniquely suited to fill these gaps -- graduates of international medical schools. These physicians have a history of working in our country’s neediest com- munities. Many of them are U.S. citizens who simply chose to go abroad for their education. COVID-19 took advantage of rural America’s shortage of care. Patients in rural areas were 54%more likely than others to contract the virus, according to a September 2021 analysis from the Rural Policy Research Institute. Tragically, those infected people were also twice as likely to die as their urban counterparts. Lower vaccine rates in rural areas certainly contributed to those disparities. But so did staffing shortages and limited access to care, the analysis found. Boosting numbers of primary care phy- sicians in shortage areas could save over 7,000 lives every single year, according to a March 2021 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. That’s easier said than done. The Unit- ed States is predicted to face a nationwide shortage of up to 48,000 primary care physicians over the next decade. One of the key drivers of these short- ages is our aging physician workforce. Approximately 40% of doctors will reach retirement age over the next 10 years. There are three key ways to combat the coming wave of retirements and strength- en the pipeline of rural doctors. First, we can increase the number of rural Americans who pursue careers in medicine. Students from rural com- munities accounted for just 4.3% of new medical students in 2017. That’s the result of a 15-year decline. The share of rural medical students dropped by a staggering 30% between 2002 and 2017, according to research published in 2019 in Health Affairs. Medical graduates from rural com- munities are far more likely to practice in places like their hometowns than those Doctors Trained AbroadWill Save Rural Health Care Disclaimer:The views and opinions expressed on this page are those of the authors and Parikh Worldwide Media does not officially endorse, and is not responsible or liable for them. Mayor Eric Adams. By G. Richard Olds - Continued On Page 4