New York City decided to extend a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to 16 additional immigrant shelters. Mayor Eric Adams had previously implemented the measure in four centers for undocumented migrants. However, this Monday, it was learned that there will now be 20 centers to adopt the policy.
Kayla Mamelak, spokeswoman for the New York City Council, explained that the decision was made to help manage the immigration crisis. The extension of the curfew comes after a 15-year-old Venezuelan boy opened fire in Times Square over the weekend while fleeing from a robbery he had committed. A Brazilian tourist was wounded by a gunshot during the escape.
3,600 migrants under curfew
"New York City continues to lead the nation in managing this national humanitarian crisis, and that includes prioritizing the health and safety of both asylum seekers in our care and New Yorkers who live in the communities surrounding the emergency shelters we manage," Mamelak said in a statement emailed to Associated Press.
The AP explained that "the curfew impacts about 3,600 migrants, with the largest of the emergency centers housing nearly 1,000 migrants in Long Island City, Queens, according to a listing provided by the mayor’s office."