# Asylum seekers
Illinois announces additional $4 million for Chicago asylum seekers' meal support
This article contains AI-assisted content. Springfield, Illinois - Governor JB Pritzker has announced an additional $4 million investment to provide meals to asylum seekers until the end of the current calendar year. This initiative includes a $2 million state investment, matched by philanthropy donations through the Food Depository.
City Moved Asylum Seekers Into Upstate In May And The Long-Living Guests Are Still Peaceful There
On a Saturday in May, amid a dispute over New York City's new strategy for handling an intensifying problem, the first busses arrived and dropped off passengers at a hotel in the town of Newburgh.
$160 million for new Chicago state-funded shelters to house 2,200 asylum seekers
This article contains AI-assisted content. Chicago, Illinois - In a move to enhance the support system for asylum seekers, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), has initiated the construction of two new shelter sites in Brighton Park and Little Village. These sites are designed to accommodate up to 2,200 individuals, focusing on families and those with disabilities. This development is part of a broader strategy, backed by a substantial financial commitment from the State, aimed at reinforcing the asylum seeker response and ensuring safe accommodations throughout the winter season.
Denver council demands migrant plan from mayor
The Denver City Council has sent Mayor Mike Johnston a letter asking that he update the dais on his plan for sheltering migrants. “We are requesting an update on the Border Migration Action Plan, initially provided in September 2022 under former Mayor (Michael) Hancock’s administration,” according to the letter dated Nov. 17. “As we navigate varying numbers of arrivals and in-shelter populations, ranging from 500 to 3,000 people, it is crucial to adapt and enhance our strategies to meet the evolving needs of those seeking refuge within our city and know how staffing and shelter is ramped up and down as those numbers and needs change.”
Illinois ramps up asylum seeker aid with $160 million funding boost, bringing total to $478 million
This article contains AI-assisted content. Chicago, Illinois - Governor JB Pritzker has announced an expansion in the state's efforts to aid asylum seekers, with an additional $160 million investment aimed at improving the emergency response and transition plans for these individuals.
Empowering the Vulnerable: New York City Passes Immigrant 'Bill of Rights' with Overwhelming Support
In a significant move amid the ongoing surge of asylum-seekers, the New York City Council has given the green light to a proposal introducing an immigrant "bill of rights." Passed on Thursday by the Democratic-controlled Council with a 43-8 vote, the measure mandates city agencies to create and publish a comprehensive workers’ bill of rights. This bill will encompass essential information on rights and protections under federal, state, and local laws applicable to all workers in the city, irrespective of their immigration status.
The Unequal Welcome: Are Some Immigrants Treated Differently in the United States?
Exploring the Disparity in Receptions for Ukrainian Refugees and Venezuelan Migrants. In recent years, the United States has witnessed a significant influx of immigrants from various parts of the world seeking refuge and better opportunities. However, the reception they receive upon arrival is not always the same. A controversial news report by ABC 7 Chicago sheds light on the contrasting experiences of Ukrainian refugees and Venezuelan migrants in the country, leading to a heated debate on the topic. While some argue that the disparity is due to demographic differences and the nature of their migration, others view it as a manifestation of discrimination and a double standard in immigration policies.
NYC Considering Supplying Tents to Newly Arriving Asylum Seekers
As the city prepares for the next stage of its ongoing asylum seeker crisis, New York City officials are considering giving out tents to newly arriving migrants and erecting campsite-style shelters in public parks, according to the New York Post. In an effort to deal with the constant flood of migrants into the city, Mayor Adams has been discussing possible encampments and looking for sizable outdoor areas.
Maine Department of Labor Requests Waiver From DHS to Permit Asylum Seekers to Start Working Sooner
The Maine Department of Labor sent a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security requesting that asylum seekers in the state be permitted to start working sooner than the current rules. The current rules under the Immigration and Nationality Act require asylum seekers to wait 180 days after they have submitted their asylum claims before they can start working in the United States.
Why Are So Many Asylum Seekers Choosing Chicago?
Many migrants sent by Texas, other republican states, yet decide to stay; others come by choice due to resources available. In the dimly lit border regions where the first footsteps into the United States are often treacherous, a harrowing path awaits the asylum seekers and migrants. Dusty trails are strewn with trampled clothes, abandoned shoes, and personal items tangled in barbed wire.
The “Right to Shelter” Law Brings New York City to Its Knees
The migrant crisis in New York City has become so dire that Mayor Adams has warned that the ongoing massive influx of asylum seekers is threatening to destroy the city. New York City has stretched itself to the limit in order to adhere to the city's right to shelter law which obligates the city to provide temporary housing to anyone who asks.
New Shelter Being Built For Asylum Seekers in Portland, Maine
An old beverage warehouse in Portland, Maine, is currently undergoing renovation. The former beverage warehouse building is 16,000 square feet and is being transformed into a temporary emergency shelter, which would have the capacity to hold 180 people, according to WMTW.
Gov Abbott blocks unsuspected path migrants use to enter Texas
“We won’t sit idly by while Biden allows this border crisis to escalate,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on social media. He also wrote on X, “Migrants are entering New Mexico illegally and crossing into Texas. We are stopping it.”
Chicago Sees Continued Increase in Migrants, 63 Busloads Arrive From Texas Between Monday & Thursday
Chicago Mayor's trip to border still planned though date not disclosed. Outside most Chicago Police stations, migrant tents cover the sidewalks, sometimes spilling over onto neighboring sites. The entire sidewalk outside the 18th Police District headquarters is covered in tents, serving as makeshift shelters with others seen under trees on the opposite side of the street. Reports indicate over 300 migrants live outside that station alone. The scene is overwhelming.
Mayor Adams Removes New York’s Welcome Mat for Asylum Seekers
The first few busloads of migrants from the southern border who arrived in New York received a very warm reception. After being personally greeted by Mayor Eric Adams and city officials, they were led to a sectioned-off receiving area at Port Authority Bus Terminal where they received medical attention, rapid Covid-19 tests, food, clothing, prepaid phones, toiletries, and legal assistance.
Auburn's Aid Surge: Asylum Seekers Push 330% Increase in Applications
Unprecedented Rise in General Assistance Applications. The City of Auburn has experienced a dramatic 330 percent uptick in applications for the city’s General Assistance program over the past year, as highlighted in a report by the Auburn Community Development Office. This Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) delves deep into Auburn's utilization of federal funds from HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs.
Migrants Still in St. John Villa Academy and More Asylum Seekers on Their Way this Week
Despite a judge's order to halt the placement of migrants at a contentious facility on Staten Island, Mayor Eric Adams' administration has proceeded. According to Staten Island officials, 100 migrants are currently residing at the St. John Villa Academy. Last month, a judge's ruling prevented the city from housing asylum seekers there.
Denver Bars Asylum Seekers after 21K Migrants Arrive
Denver sends fliers to border towns, telling asylum seekers to stay away after 21,000 arrivals this year. Denver's liberal government has asked officials at border towns to distribute fliers telling asylum seekers to stay away from the Colorado capital after 21,000 new migrants arrived this year. The city currently has about 2,510 migrants staying in temporary shelters and has spent about $26 million on the crisis.
NYC Council Advocates for Unlimited Shelter Stay for Migrants
In the bustling city of New York, a fervent debate is unfolding. Mayor Eric Adams' policy of imposing a stay limit on migrants in city-run shelters has stirred a response from progressive Council members, sparking a discourse on the city's universal right-to-shelter policy. The Mayor's strategy of confining stays to 30-and-60-day limits is a measure designed to alleviate the overstressed shelter system grappling with the inflow of asylum seekers. “The city has run out of space,” Adams warned, pointing to the limited capacity and resources strained by the tens of thousands arriving in the city.