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NYC Mayor Adams says some immigrants will receive 60 days notice to leave shelter system

With hundreds of immigrants arriving daily, New York City will begin giving 60 days’ notice to refugees in the city’s shelter system, Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday.

Adams said the new policy aims to make room for immigrant families with children. Caseworkers will help immigrants who are asked to find housing and other services, and those who cannot find alternative housing within 60 days will have to return to the intake center and reapply for a new place, he said.

“Now we must take additional steps to create urgently needed space for families whose children continue to seek asylum and help those who come with us take the next steps in their journey,” Adams said at a City Hall news conference. He added that our aim is that no child, no family should sleep on the streets.

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Adams, a Democrat, has welcomed tens of thousands of immigrants who have arrived in the city over the past year and has called for more help from the state and federal governments.

The city has rented out entire hotels to accommodate the migrants and has put beds in schools and temporarily housed people in tents, a cruise ship terminal and a former police academy building.

Adams said more than 54,800 immigrants are currently in the city’s care, with 300 to 500 more arriving daily. “This cannot continue,” Adams said. “It’s not sustainable and we’re not going to pretend it’s sustainable.”

Mayor Eric Adams is pictured during a briefing at the Jewetts Federal Building on April 17, 2023. ((Louise C. Ribeiro/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images))

Under the new policy, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Ann Williams-Asum said adult refugees who have been in the city’s shelter system for a long time will receive 60 days’ notice on a rolling basis.

“As we continue to deal with this humanitarian crisis, we must devise new ways to move people in and through our system to find where they will eventually settle,” Williams-Asum said.

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But immigration advocates said the new plan would create bureaucratic hurdles for vulnerable immigrants and violate a 1981 court order requiring the city to provide temporary housing for every homeless person.

“This is a bad policy that will be directly responsible for leaving families homeless and living on the streets,” Murad Ouda, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said in a statement. “The new rule is an abhorrent affront to our rights as refugees, and does not reflect New York City’s welcoming values.”

Adams said he would not shy away from potential legal challenges to the new policy.

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He said that the judicial system will do what the judicial system is going to do.

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