new york city toughens stance against migrant families; what to expect
New York City in the United States has toughened its stance against migrant families amid the migrant crisis. Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City, has adopted various measures to expand the boundaries of New York’s legal obligation to provide shelter to migrant children. As more migrants arrive in New York City, Eric Adams limits shelter stay for asylum-seekers with children.
What can migrants expect? Are migrant facilities available for migrant mothers and migrant children? What did Eric Adams say?
New York City toughens stance against migrant families
On Monday, Eric Adams announced a 60-day limit on how long a migrant family with children can stay at any shelter. Migrant families need to leave migrant facilities after 60 days and reapply for placement.
The new rule was announced by Mayor Eric Adams on Monday. The United States administration said in a statement, “As New York City still seeks further and timely support from federal and state partners, it will begin providing 60 days’ notice to families with children seeking asylum to find alternative housing.”
Currently, there are 64,100 migrants in the shelter system. The new rule can cause difficulties to migrant families who may be forced to relocate to another migrant shelter. It can also displace homeless migrant children who are currently enrolled in the public school system in New York City.
A new 500-family shelter in NYC
A new 500-family shelter in NYC is being built at Floyd Bennett Field. The migrant facility will serve about 500 migrant families with children who are seeking asylum. However, the facility would not provide families with their own rooms.
Brad Lander, New York City Comptroller, has criticized the mayor’s handling of the migrant crisis. He reportedly said, “Denying families with children the stability of a private room and curtailing their shelter stay is a shortsighted, cruel step.”
Migrant crisis in NYC
Over the past few years, more than 100,000 migrants from all over the world have come to New York City. Migrant mothers in New York found hope amid tough challenges. Migrant mothers faced various challenges in NYC as they had no access to work and were relying on help from the migrant shelters. However, they received good care from the medical staff at The Women’s Health Medical Center at Bellevue Hospital, part of New York’s Health + Hospitals.
Recently, Joe Biden, the president of the United States, agreed to offer temporary legal status to migrant families, who were separated at the US-Mexico border during the tenure of former US President Donald Trump.