NYC lawmaker pushes council to back proposed ban on migrant shelter stay limits

New York City lawmakers are pushing to lift shelter restrictions for asylum seekers, a move that would undermine Mayor Adams’ efforts to deal with the surge of migrants overwhelming the Big Apple.

Manhattan’s Dem Gale Brewer proposed a resolution Thursday that would have the City Council support a state bill that would eliminate caps on shelter stays and allow asylum seekers to live in city shelters for as long as they need.

“They’re a two-income family. They’re not interested in handouts. They’re interested in working,” Brewer told the Post.

Under the mayor’s current policy, single immigrants are removed from their bases every 30 days, while families can only stay for 60 days. After the time has elapsed, you can reapply for a bed, but there is no guarantee that you will be placed in the same location.

The state bill would ban restrictions on shelters. helaine sideman

The family goes to the Roosevelt Hotel to reapply.
Adams administrators said the policy was a success. gabriella bass

A state bill sponsored by Manhattan state Sen. Brad Hoylman Segal and Queens Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz would exempt government agencies, including local governments like New York City, from such restrictions. ing.

Lawmakers have criticized the cap as “cruel” and “counterproductive.”

But the Adams administration claims the policy has been a huge success in dealing with the more than 190,000 immigrants who have flooded into the Big Apple since spring 2022.

City Hall said the schedule sets deadlines to expedite the process of removing city employees and their families from city control.

The restrictions are believed to be due to nearly half of immigrant families being moved out of the city’s shelter system in March.

Brewer, the resolution’s sponsor, said it would be better in the long run for the Big Apple to remain so it could contribute to the economy if it is approved to operate.

“In many cases, these families will be able to help New York City as soon as they get their investigative documents,” she said. “Instead of moving them, I want them to get some support, get documents, get an apartment and help them get back on their feet. I think that’s the most helpful thing.”