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Immigration News Today: McCarren Park, Sunset Park Rec Centers To House Migrants

Fisayo Okare

Aug 04, 2023

Inside the Stockton St. & Lewis Ave. Shelter. Photo provided to Documented by an asylum seeker

Just have a minute? Here are the top stories you need to know about immigration. This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

New York

NYC considering soccer fields on Randall’s Island to house asylum seekers:

The tent shelter will house 2,000 people. It’s one of 192 sites, including 13 large-scale relief centers in the City, officials told Documented. — CBS News

Redbury Hotel, McCarren recreation center to house asylum seekers:

The Manhattan hotel has 259 rooms, and the Williamsburg facility will house about 80 adults. Local officials said in a statement that every community needs to open its doors to those in greatest need.  — Eater, NY Daily News

NYC Emergency Management settles 100 asylum seekers into Sunset Park Recreation Center:

Council Member Alexa Avilés says what is happening right now is “entirely a one-sided extractive proposition,” and the decision is the end of a long process of policy failures. — Read more on her thread on Twitter 

Adams weighs plan to set up migrant tents in Central Park, other major green spaces:

Deputy Mayor Anne Williams-Isom said the City is constantly looking at sites to accommodate people, but they “need support and think the system is at a breaking point.” — Gothamist

13 NYC Delivery workers file wage theft complaints against DoorDash:

The workers allege they are collectively owed nearly $22,000 in unpaid wages. NYC DCWP confirmed it is investigating, and DoorDash denied the allegations. — THE CITY

Chemistry professor lured 3 women to NY from El Salvador, promising better life. Instead, he raped them:

Jorge Alberto Ramos, born in El Salvador, paid for smugglers to bring the women to his home in the Bronx, where he was charged with abusing them and threatening to have them deported. — The New York Times

Opinion — Adams turns his back on immigrants and New York’s legacy:

The Adams administration has been warehousing asylum seekers instead of putting the country’s largest municipal government to work helping them build new lives. — Mara Gay writes in The New York Times

Around the U.S. 

With strife behind them, a young migrant family prepares to seek asylum in Boston:

Freddy Torres, 42, fled Colombia because he feared persecution from President Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla group, similar to those he once investigated in the Colombian military. — GBH News

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

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