New York City has announced the implementation of a curfew at 20 additional migrant shelters, effective from Monday. The decision comes in response to recent incidents of violence involving migrants in Times Square. The curfew will be enforced from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., aiming to ensure the safety of both asylum seekers and the local community.
The move follows an assault on two police officers outside a migrant shelter in Times Square, allegedly carried out by a group of men. Subsequently, a 15-year-old migrant reportedly shot a woman inside JD Sports in Times Square and then fired at pursuing officers. These incidents have prompted city officials to take action to address the escalating concerns.
Hildalyn Colon-Hernandez, the deputy director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), expressed agreement with the expanded curfew, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding migrants. Colon-Hernandez stated that the Times Square incidents were not representative of the norm and highlighted the compliance of asylum seekers with the existing curfew.
Mayor Eric Adams, speaking at an unrelated event, stressed the need for structure, organization, and federal assistance in dealing with the asylum seeker crisis. He emphasized that the issue at hand is a national government problem rather than solely a city problem.
Initially implemented in mid-January at four shelters, the curfew has now been extended to 20 additional shelters, primarily located in Manhattan. This expansion affects over 3,600 more migrants residing in city shelters.
The city’s statement regarding the curfew implementation emphasizes the prioritization of health and safety for both asylum seekers and the surrounding community. It also aims to enhance capacity management for migrants under the city’s care.