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PORTS SEEK HELP FROM CONGRESS FOR SEAFARERS

When governments began ordering lockdowns and other restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, ship owners largely kept crewmembers on board, desiring to keep them safe from harm. At the same time, airports closed, and nations restricted international travel, some closing their borders altogether. As a result, many mariners have been locked aboard their ships well beyond their contract expiration dates. About 300,000 seafarers have remained onboard for a year or even 15 months. Now they are desperate to get home. An equal number has been waiting to join their ships, unable to earn a living to support their families. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible to clear foreig

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