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Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Subject: Civil Rights & Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

New York City Mayor Eric Adams Announces Ultimatum For Asylum Seekers to ‘Take Next Step’

New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, has announced 30-day notices for adult Caribbean migrants to “take the next step” as the number of Caribbean and other asylum seekers in New York City’s care tops 60,000.

Many of the asylum seekers arriving in New York from southern US border states are nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela and Guatemala and Adams said New York City has made “every effort to continue serving” the more than 116,000 asylum seekers who have arrived here last spring.

However, with an average of between 300 and 500 people still arriving in the five boroughs asking for shelter on a daily basis, and 60,000 migrants currently in the city’s care, he said New York City is “full, having responded without all the substantial state or federal support needed to manage a national crisis.”

Over the past two months, the mayor said the city has distributed a significant number of  60-day notices to adult asylum seekers, with intensified casework services, to help these individuals reach their final destination and transition to alternate housing.

“As the city still seeks further and timely support from federal and state partners, adult asylum seekers who have not secured alternative housing after their current 60-day notice has expired, and who subsequently return to the Asylum Seeker Arrival Center, will receive a placement with an additional 30-day notice, coupled with further intensified casework services,” Adams said.