Following an incident in Times Square, New York City decided to act and curtail access to twenty migrant shelters. More migrant shelters in the city are going to have curfews because of the Eric Adams federal response to a recent Times Square robbery and shooting that included a 15-year-old migrant.
Migrants housed in 20 respite centers managed by the Housing Preservation and Development must report by 11 p.m. on Monday and remain there until 6 a.m.
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Over 3,600 migrants will be affected by the new regulations; over half are unmarried adult men.
The curfew regulation’s purpose is to manage bed capacity better; it is akin to the one already implemented at city homeless shelters.
stated a spokesman for City Hall in a statement, “New York City continues to lead the nation in managing this national humanitarian crisis, and that includes prioritizing the health and safety of both asylum seekers in our care and New Yorkers who live in the communities surrounding the emergency shelters we manage.”
The statement noted, “Beginning this week, we will be instituting a curfew policy at our HPD emergency sites, in line with curfews already in place at traditional DHS shelters and NYCEM respite sites that serve migrants and longtime New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. This policy will allow for more efficient capacity management for migrants in the city’s care.”
Curfews were going to be enforced, as the Adams administration had long planned, and in January they had already been implemented at four shelters.
Mayor Eric Adams’ decision was a crucial first in addressing the complaints of locals who say they have been harassed by desperate asylum seekers begging for food and clothing from door to door.
The extension of the curfew comes soon after a Brazilian tourist was allegedly injured in the leg by a migrant youngster living in a Manhattan shelter during a robbery at the Times Square JD Sports shop. After that, he allegedly opened fire on NYPD police who were pursuing him through the congested streets.
Prosecutors said that Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, the suspect, and his mother stole their possessions and fled to Yonkers, where they were apprehended the next day.
Many of the shelters impacted by the curfew are in Manhattan, including the Redford Hotel, The Gatsby Hotel, and The Imperial Hotel. Nearly half of the migrants who would be impacted by the new regulations are adult males who are single and reside exclusively in five of the shelters.