New York City has become an unlikely battleground for migrant rights.
The city, like others, has struggled to deal with the arrival of tens of thousands of migrants – bussed in from Republican-led states like Texas and Florida.
Amid rising pressure to do something to alleviate this problem, the Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it was granting Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to nearly a half million Venezuelans – thousands of whom are in New York City. TPS protects them from deportation and allows them to apply for work permits.
Host Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR’s Jasmine Garsd about how New York has landed at the center of America’s immigration debate and what the Biden administration’s policy announcement means for migrants.
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