Asylum for the Victims of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and the Abacos

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The pictures and photos of Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos are finally circulating after the complete and utter devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. In unprecedented fashion, the islands were pummeled with wind gusts of up to 220 mph for 48 hours as the Category 5 storm stalled out directly on top of the small island nation. While the death toll is unknown at this time, it is clear that most if not all infrastructure, homes, and businesses have been completely wiped out for the remaining survivors. Some experts say that it may take decades for the islands to be rebuilt. Others do not believe the islands will ever be truly rebuilt, due to the monumental amount of investment needed and current risk of developing the islands considering the current climate crisis and conditions. For those that survived, it appears that they will have no place to live or go for at least the significant future, if ever again. 

For many across the United States, especially in the State of Florida, the Bahamas have always been an outlet to escape the stresses and concerns of our day to day lives. However, it is now our turn to help them relieve their unimaginable stresses and heartbreaks. This is why I am proposing that the U.S. government approve a temporary asylum process to all victims of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos. If our country can provide asylum to individuals across the world and thousands of miles away, we assuredly can do it for our neighbors that are a mere 70 miles away, who speak our language, understand our way of life, and who are suffering from far greater tragedies.

Currently in the State of Florida, there are hundreds if not thousands of abandoned shopping plazas and facilities that are sitting empty. I submit that these unused facilities could be revitalized and turned into temporary housing for our neighbors who have now lost everything. Not only would we be helping victims of arguably the worst catastrophe in modern history, but this investment in revitalizing these dilapidated buildings would also benefit the owners of these properties and invigorate neighboring communities.

The Bahamian spirit is captivating and joyful. Lets make sure it stays that way. Please consider signing this petition in hopes that our government will understand that the United States wants to help shelter the Bahamian people until their homes can be restored. 

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"