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Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Representing the 9th District of New York


Caribbean Issues

As a second generation Jamaican American, I am deeply rooted in my Caribbean heritage. In addition, as the Representative of a one of the most diverse districts in the country, full of first and second generation Caribbean Americans, I am committed to the success and prosperity of the Caribbean region.  In this 112th Congress, I will work with my colleagues, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States and the CARICOM Diplomatic Corps on the following issues to ensure the successful future of the Caribbean:

  • Trade
  • Security
  • Economic Development
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Accurate Census Data

The impact of the Caribbean Diaspora is immeasurable. It has made tremendous contributions to American history and has fostered good-will towards the Caribbean American community. The issues that threaten the prosperity of the Caribbean are critical to our community and our nation as a whole. That is why it is important the United States continues to foster good-will and helps to promote diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Caribbean.

More on Caribbean Issues

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on the Protect Our Sanctuary Cities Act, a bill she introduced that would end Donald Trump’s executive restrictions on sanctuary cities and prohibit the expenditure of funds to enforce these provisions. In addition, the bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to present a report to Congress within thirty days explaining how the agency could build trust with immigrant communities.

Dec 13, 2016 Press Release

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on a letter she and seventeen other members of the House of Representatives sent to President Obama calling on him to pardon civil rights leader Marcus Garvey.

Dec 6, 2016 Press Release

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement concerning a letter she and more than one hundred of her colleagues sent to President Obama urging him to prevent the misuse of information involving participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since the program was established in 2012, more than 740,000 young men and women have obtained Social Security numbers and work permits, and have been allowed to remain in the United States without the threat of deportation.