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NYC Introduces Curfew at Migrant Shelters Following Security Concerns

New York City has implemented curfews at four migrant shelters in response to complaints of panhandling and violence involving individuals staying at these locations. The decision follows recent security worries at various sites across the city.

Migrant Shelter Curfew

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Starting on Tuesday, curfews will be in effect at four migrant shelters, housing approximately 1,900 individuals.

11pm to 6am Curfews

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These shelters, also referred to as respite centers, include the 35th Avenue Astoria Center, the Lincoln Manhattan Center, the JFK Center, and the Stockton Center in Brooklyn. The curfew mandates that migrants remain within the shelters from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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Complaints from Residents

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The move comes in the wake of numerous complaints last week from residents in Queens who reported migrants approaching their homes, soliciting food, money, and clothing. Some of these encounters involved aggressive panhandling and individuals attempting to enter homes.

Community Concerns

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Paul King, the president of the Property Owner’s Association in the Belle Harbor neighborhood, expressed concerns about migrants approaching residents’ porches and using children as props while panhandling. These incidents raised apprehensions within the community.

Curfew Proposal

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NYC council member Joann Ariola proposed the idea of implementing a curfew, citing a similar rule applied to the city’s homeless shelter population.

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Curfew Details

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Reports indicate that individuals with pre-approval will be permitted to leave the shelters after 11 p.m. However, those who violate the curfew rules three times within a month may face expulsion from the shelters.

Increased Security Measures

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The decision to enforce curfews follows an announcement by Mayor Eric Adams regarding enhanced security measures at some shelters, prompted by a fatal stabbing incident at a shelter on Randall’s Island.

Efficient Bed Management

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A spokesperson for New York City Hall explained that these changes aim to improve the management of beds within the shelter system.

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City’s Commitment 

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He also emphasized the city’s commitment to addressing the humanitarian crisis and ensuring the safety of both migrants and residents in the surrounding communities.

Migrant Influx

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New York City has received over 168,000 migrants since the spring of 2022, with a significant number still under the city’s care. Many of these migrants originated from the southwest border with Mexico, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott directing several thousand to New York City as a protest against White House policies.

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