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Source: Newsday
Subject: Immigration

Migrant crisis: Hope and uncertainty for Ecuadorian man returning to New York City

Julio Zambrano arrived in Manhattan before dawn on Jan. 4 with his two young sons after a monthslong trek from Ecuador, three of more than 200,000 migrants who have come to New York City in the past two years.

By early this month, Zambrano’s future was still as much in limbo as when he arrived. He was awaiting an immigration court hearing to show why he “should not be removed from the United States.” He had moved to Philadelphia, where he was homeless for several days before finding a floor to sleep on. He wanted to return to New York, but he needed the money from the job he had found in Pennsylvania.

Zambrano’s priority on June 5 was to get immigration authorities to remove the ankle bracelet that has been weighing on him physically and as a barrier to finding a better job. A man he knew only as Wilson “said I was accepted to take off the ankle bracelet,” Zambrano said in Spanish. He had an appointment that day at a Brooklyn office that turned out to be a WeWork space.