The Adams administration adds an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew to 20 more shelters this Monday, increasing the list of shelters for immigrants with this limit to 24.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office explains that the curfews are consistent with the restrictions in place in the city’s traditional shelters and that they allow more efficient management of available beds.
In turn, they want to prioritize the health and safety of asylum seekers as well as New Yorkers who live in communities near shelters.
The decision, which will affect about 3,600 immigrants, coincides with a series of violent incidents involving asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the country, cases that have drawn national attention.
There are people who agree with the ban, including those who currently live in these centres.
“I have lived here in NY for over 20 years. So these are those things, crime waves that come from different places. But if you have to implement a measure to see if it works, try it to see if it works and whether that measure leads to a reduction in crime. But don’t assume it’s just them,” said Ruth Romero.
“It seems fine to me, they don’t do anything on the road. What I advise you to do is if you want to work or do something productive and if you are on the streets, do something productive. Nobody does anything at 11 o’clock at night, there on the street they don’t do anything good at that time,” said Jairo Gonzalez, an asylum seeker.
“What would someone do on the road at 12 o’clock, 11 o’clock? If you’re not working the night shift, you don’t do anything on the street,” said Fabián Cardenas.
And there are those who disagree, such as the Legal Aid Society, which noted:
“Shelter curfews are purely punitive and serve no useful purpose. They interfere with shift workers’ schedules and prevent them from earning money enough to leave the shelter. We condemn this policy and demand that the city Lift the curfew. “Impose curfew immediately.”
At this point, the mayor’s office reiterated that people who need to work during these hours must request a daily exemption from shelter managers.
Some local leaders agree with this policy, as long as it does not affect people willing to work.
“The purpose is to know if there are any beds that are not being used, it can be given to other people,” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levin.