NYC mayor announces new restrictions for migrants, as shelters reach "full capacity"

Migrants will have 60 days to find permanent housing after entering New York City's shelters under Mayor Eric Adams' plan.

Published: July 19, 2023 4:49pm

Updated: August 3, 2023 8:03pm

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that over 90,000 migrants have come to the city since April 2022, during a meeting on Wednesday.

Adams also announced that migrants living in the city’s shelters will have 60 days to find permanent housing or risk losing their shelter.

“We have reached full capacity…we have no more room in the city.” Adams said.

The city will try to deter migrants at the border by distributing flyers saying, “There is no guarantee we will be able to provide shelter and services to new arrivals,” “Housing in NYC is very expensive,” and, “Please consider another city as you make your decision about where to settle in the U.S.”

The rate of migrants entering New York City shelters has remained high. Over 2,000 migrants entered the city’s shelters last week, according to New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom.

Adams criticized the practice of states shipping migrants to New York and other large cities.

“This has now become a playbook that many of our bordering states are carrying out. Using a funnel system, funneling asylum seekers and migrants to New York City…This cannot continue, it’s not sustainable and we’re not going to pretend as though it is sustainable.”


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