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Mayor now questions whether migrants have the right to shelters in New York


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The mayor of NY, Eric Adamsdoubted for the first time that the migrants Those who have arrived in the city in recent months have the right to a roof in public shelters, statements that this Wednesday have generated immediate criticism from activists and legal groups.

Anyone in need of shelter, including asylum seekers, has the right to receive it, as prescribed by multiple long-standing court orders and local law”, indicated in a joint statement the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless.

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New York is legally required to provide shelter to anyone, including immigrants, and since last spring at least 42,000 people have arrived on their own or sent by the governor of Texas, greg abbottwho has tried to use that New York legal quirk to get rid of emigrants in Texas.

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Some 30,000 of the arrivals have been housed in public shelters or in hotels paid for by the city, which has caused a humanitarian and economic crisis.

The controversial words were pronounced by Adams in an interview with WABC: “We have the moral and legal obligation to comply with that (give shelter)”, he said, but immediately made a qualification when talking about the emigrants.

We do not believe that asylum seekers are a complete fit into this debate on the right to refuge”, the mayor also pointed out, later criticized by the NGOs.

This obligation – the NGOs said in their joint statement – is not a responsibility that the mayor can decide to evade, “and he knows it”.

We once again call on the City Council to implement the solutions we proposed last year”, which they consider would reduce the number of people in shelters.

The mayor also indicated in another interview (MSNBC) that he plans to add four hotels to the extensive list of facilities where he houses immigrants, while he awaits the financial aid he requested from federal authorities.

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It is simply unfair that cities are saddled with the burden of a national problem. We are going to open four more hotels“, he pointed.

The city signed a $275 million, six-month contract with the Hotel Association to house up to 5,000 migrants -55,000 dollars for each one- and the agreement includes separating entire hotels for this population, as recently published by the New York Post.

The mayor has said that a long-term solution is aborted immigration reform, but, “What is the short term plan?“, he asked himself.

Source: Elcomercio

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I am Jack Morton and I work in 24 News Recorder. I mostly cover world news and I have also authored 24 news recorder. I find this work highly interesting and it allows me to keep up with current events happening around the world.


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