The Adams administration has taken a firm stance by imposing curfews on additional migrant shelters in New York City. This decision comes in the wake of a 15-year-old migrant allegedly shooting a tourist and engaging in a confrontation with police during a robbery in Times Square. Starting Monday, twenty Housing Preservation and Development-run respite centers across Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx will require migrants to check in by 11 p.m. and remain indoors until 6 a.m., as reported by The Post.
The curfew policy, which affects over 3,600 migrants, aims to streamline bed capacity management and mirrors the existing curfews in place at homeless shelters throughout the city. A spokesperson from City Hall emphasized that this measure prioritizes the safety and well-being of both asylum seekers and New Yorkers residing near the emergency shelters managed by the city.
Mayor Eric Adams had previously announced plans for widespread curfews, and in January, implemented the rules at four shelters. This move marked his first significant step in addressing the concerns raised by neighbors who claimed to have been overwhelmed by desperate asylum-seekers soliciting food and clothing door-to-door.
The recent expansion of curfews to an additional 20 respite centers follows the incident involving a 15-year-old migrant who allegedly shot a Brazilian tourist in the leg during a robbery at the JD Sports store in Times Square. The teenager is also accused of firing at NYPD officers during a subsequent chase. Prosecutors revealed that Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa and his mother fled to Yonkers, where they were apprehended the following day.
Most of the affected shelters are located in Manhattan, including the Imperial Hotel, The Gatsby Hotel, and the Redford Hotel. While five of these shelters exclusively accommodate single, adult men, they house nearly half of the migrants impacted by the new curfew regulations.
The curfews were initially implemented in response to complaints from NYC residents residing near migrant shelters and centers. These residents have been vocal about the “invasion” of migrants knocking on their doors and soliciting money at all hours of the day and night.