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New York opens new centre for Caribbean asylum seekers


NEW YORK, CMC – New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced the placement of two new Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers as the number of Caribbean and other asylum seekers in the city’s care surpasses 52,000.

The city said many of the asylum seekers coming from the southern border of the United States are Cubans, Haitians, and Venezuelans.

Adams said the new humanitarian relief centre will serve more than 330 families with children seeking asylum and that in the coming weeks, another emergency respite site will support an estimated 1,400 adults.

“New York City continues to receive thousands of asylum seekers each week, and we continue to do everything in our power to respond accordingly, but we are still in dire need of assistance from our state and federal partners,” he said.

“The transition of these two emergency respite sites to humanitarian relief centres will provide, when combined, thousands of individuals with a range of services and help them reach their final destinations. New York City is doing more than any other city or state to respond to this crisis, but we need others to step up and do their part as well,” Adams added.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom said these two new sites will enable the city to serve hundreds of families with children as well as adults as they settle in New York City or move to their final destination.

“As we continue to respond to this humanitarian crisis, we again call for the federal government to advance work authorisations for people seeking asylum and for the federal government to lead this humanitarian crisis with a national coordination strategy.”

The Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Philip Banks III, said navigating this crisis has required a tremendous amount of resources and creativity.

“Despite the challenges facing the city, we have continued to do what’s right and open new humanitarian relief centers as needed to ensure asylum seekers’ health and safety.”

Since this humanitarian crisis began, Adam said the city has taken “fast and urgent action” opening about 180 emergency shelters, including 12 other large-scale humanitarian relief centres.


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