NEW YORK — New York City has bolstered its system to assist asylum seekers with a network of facilities that begin operating this Tuesday due to uncertainty about the consequences of impending deportation policy changes at the border between states. will do it. and Mexico.
Immigration chief Manuel Castro said today, “We are doing everything possible planning in the long term. There is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen next week.” There is a “wave” of asylum applications.
December 21 is the deadline a US judge gave Joe Biden’s government to prepare to suspend Title 42, a health regulation used to explicitly exclude migrants coming to the southern border under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic. done to extract.
It was put in place during the administration of Republican Donald Trump (2017–2021) and will be replaced by Title 8, which allows immigrants to request asylum at ports of entry and allows the government to deport or deport those people. Gives the power to ban. do not meet the requirements.
30,000 arrived in New York in a year
The main “resource navigation center” for applicants coming to the Big Apple is at the headquarters of the American Red Cross in Manhattan’s west borough, which has served 7,000 people in its nearly four months of operation, according to the mayor visiting this Monday. members of the office.
The center, stationed on the third floor and which usually receives immigrants by appointment, will also occupy the fourth floor as of tomorrow and will also add a dozen “satellite” centers in New York’s five boroughs, with eight organizations working at the facility. will do. The organizations signed contracts totaling $2.1 million.
The City Council estimates that about 30,000 people have arrived in New York this year alone, many of them bused in from the southern state of Texas by Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican critical of the Democratic open-border policy; Of the total, about 20,500 are in the city’s shelter system.
Castro said that in contrast to what Abbott did, the federal government “needs a plan” to organize the reception of immigrants coming through the border in a “humane way”, and expressed “hope”. The White House has that plan ready “within a week” of the legislative change.
“We wait to see what happens after Title 42 is repealed next week,” reiterated the immigration commissioner, who told the media about the services offered at these centers such as legal advice, medical review, emotional support and Showed help for families with schools. age children.
The person in charge pointed out that the requirement to be able to access the services of a dozen “navigation” centers has been reached by January 2022 and has crossed the threshold when requesting asylum, granted to enter and stay in New York City. Provide documentation done.
Castro recalled that in this heat wave, it received eight to ten buses a day with more than 400 people, which forced the establishment of an emergency housing system to meet immediate needs in shelters and hotels, which Continues to work but it is different from “resource navigation”.
“We expect people to start leaving the shelter system and start finding housing, for example, in shared apartments in immigrant neighborhoods, and that’s why we’re moving to this model of satellite sites” The capacity to provide legal services is being expanded, he added. ,
Castro pointed out that the shelters were not designed for asylum seekers, but that they use them because they have no one to turn to when they arrive, and thus placed great emphasis on training, especially in the construction sector. so that these applicants can move forward and build a future while their asylum claims are being processed.