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NYC Seeking Federal Resources to Shelter Asylum Seekers

This summary about migrants seeking shelter in NYC was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

NYC is running out of resources needed to shelter migrants arriving in the city to seek asylum, Mayor Eric Adams said earlier this week. 

His announcement also noted that “more than 2,800 individuals” entered the city over the last several weeks; asylum seekers are “arriving from Latin America and other regions;” and “in some instances, families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases, it appears individuals are being sent by the federal government.” Adams said his administration is seeking federal funding to expand resources for homeless migrants.

Some of the statements haven’t been verifiable: The governments of Texas and Arizona have recently been busing migrants out of their states to Washington D.C.  in protest of the Biden administration’s border policies. There have been no reports of buses sent to New York City, and the mayor’s officials have not pointed to evidence of that happening. Some families have indicated they arrived in New York City through the help of nonprofit groups that paid for their transportation fees.

Advocates say Adams isn’t taking action: Advocacy organizations The Legal Aid Society and Coalition for the Homeless called Mayor Eric Adams’ comments “misleading and problematic.” They also said that even though NYC officials have long known about the influx of families in homeless shelters, “the administration still lacks a plan to ensure safe shelter placement.” Officials failed “to detail any specifics for a viable path forward…and the City is also failing to use its resources to move people into permanent housing,” the groups said. 

An official close to New York City Department of Homeless Services confirmed to City Limits that since last month, the agency has been trying to pinpoint what has led to the rise of asylum seekers in shelters. City agencies are banned from sharing the residency status of migrants with federal immigration authorities.

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Around the U.S. 

Federal immigration judges renew their fight for union rights: Earlier this year, the Federal Labor Relations Authority ordered that judges be stripped of their union rights. Some judges have signed a petition seeking to reverse that. — Roll Call

Grand jury indicts four men in smuggling incident that killed 53 migrants in Texas: Prosecutors had previously charged all four, including the suspected driver of the truck. The indictments move the accused one step closer to trial. — Reuters 

Virginia city adopts policy limiting cooperation with immigration officials: Arlington police can now only contact ICE if they have arrested someone for a violent felony or in some limited situations. — Washington Post (Paywall)

Visa interview wait times reach new highs: A majority of consulates now take over six months to schedule a visa interview tourist or business traveler. — CATO Institute 

Mexican woman deported from U.S. now helping migrants in Tijuana: After nine deportations and 20 years in the U.S., Esther Morales now lives permanently in Mexico’s northern border region and leads a project offering meals to migrants. — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Washington D.C.

Supreme Court temporarily denies Biden immigration from restoring enforcement plan: Texas and Louisiana were given a temporary victory yesterday in their fight against the Biden administration’s directive to have ICE to set enforcement priorities. — The New York Times

Biden admin. working to protect abortion rights of pregnant migrant minors in government custody: Overturning Roe v. Wade created a “dangerous situation” for pregnant girls in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody, one advocate said. — CNN

Republicans already plotting immigration strategy if they retake House: Republicans are eager to restart construction on a border wall and undo Biden-era immigration policies. Roll Call

Tracy Short, chief judge for U.S. immigration courts, steps down: Short was former President Trump’s lead ICE prosecutor before shifting to the immigration court position. — Find more context in this thread from Los Angeles Times’ Hamed Aleaziz

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