New York mayor wants US federal resources to help arriving Caribbean asylum seekers
New York Mayor Eric Adam. Photo: CMC
NEW YORK, CMC – New York City Mayor Eric Adams is requesting United States (US) federal resources to help asylum seekers arriving in New York City after New York City has seen a surge in the number of asylum seekers from Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions. .
Adams said New York City is working with the federal government to ensure the city can provide comprehensive support and resources for these individuals.
“New York has been and always will be a city of immigrants that welcomes newcomers with open arms. This value has made our city a beacon of freedom for people around the world and the economic and cultural engine that it is. “These same
humanitarian values apply to those experiencing homelessness. In New York, we have both a moral and legal obligation to house anyone who is homeless for any reason,” he added.
Adams said New York City is currently experiencing a “marked increase” in the number of asylum seekers arriving from Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions.
In some cases, he said families were arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases it appears individuals were being sent by the federal government.
To both uphold the legal mandate as a right-to-home city and provide high-quality shelter and services to those who enter our system, the mayor said New York City needs federal resources immediately. additional.
“If we don’t get these urgently needed resources, we may struggle to provide the appropriate level of support our clients deserve, while facing challenges as we serve both a shelter population rapidly growing and new clients seeking asylum,” he said.
“We call on the federal government to partner with New York City to help asylum seekers navigate this process and to provide financial and technical resources.
“By law, asylum seekers have the right to be in the United States while they seek humanitarian protection. In New York, we are responsible for providing services and facilities for newly arrived and currently residing asylum seekers
similar populations. We have had discussions with our federal partners about this and hope for a quick resolution,” he continued.
Earlier this month, Adams and Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Manuel Castro announced additional funding of US$1.6.5 million for fiscal year 2023 to help newly arrived Haitians to access immigration legal assistance and many social services.
This funding is an increase from last year, bringing the total investment for New York City’s Haitian Response Initiative to US$3.15 million.
To mark the significance of this announcement, a Haitian flag-raising ceremony was held near Wall Street in lower Manhattan.
“I am proud to be Mayor of the largest Haitian population in the United States and pleased to announce the additional funding of US$1.65 million that is being provided to assist newly arrived Haitian New Yorkers,” said said Mayor Adams.