NEW YORK (July 19, 2023) – Today, Mayor Eric Adams announced a reckless proposal that seeks to oust asylum seekers from shelters with just 60 days notice. In response, Make the Road New York Deputy Director, Natalia Aristizabal, issued the following statement:
“We are appalled by Mayor Adams’s callous disregard for the well-being of people seeking safety in our city. Kicking asylum seekers out of shelters and onto the streets is both cruel and irresponsible. As our recent survey of asylum seekers confirmed, most of these recent arrivals simply do not have the option to stay with family and friends. This policy will force more people onto the streets during one of the hottest summers in recorded history.
“The Mayor is legally and morally obligated to provide real solutions for unhoused people, but he continues to simply blame others and spread misinformation while standing in the way of progress. The Mayor should abandon his new backward proposal and instead work to sign and implement the City Council’s recently passed legislative package to help unhoused individuals move out of shelters and into permanent housing, and to prevent low income New Yorkers at risk of evictions from entering the shelter system in the first place. The City has a legal obligation to ensure that people who do not have a shelter are safe. People seeking asylum in New York deserve not only dignity but also proper support to flourish in their new lives here.”
“Additionally, printing posters in English in a city where people have not arrived yet, and are not arriving by choice, does nothing to stop migrants from coming and everything to fan the flames of division across our city. The Mayor must reverse course immediately and, instead of wasting time, money, and airtime on blaming immigrants, work with partners at every level of government and in our communities to meet this moment.”
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