News & Politics

NY GOP thanks Texas governor for making immigration a local issue

At the state party’s annual gala last week, New York Republicans demonized asylum-seekers while celebrating the man who has shipped them to New York City.


Opinion: Shelter limits are not the answer to the migrant crisis

We need to find sustainable solutions to the crisis, instead of forcing people out of shelters.


Where are asylum-seekers living in New York City?

The city’s sprawling emergency shelter system for asylum-seekers includes higher concentrations in parts of Manhattan and Queens.


City Hall and Legal Aid Society settle right to shelter case

The temporary settlement will allow the city to limit adults’ shelter stays to 30 days.


Opinion: New York state has a responsibility to pay the costs of housing migrants

There’s no reason why New York City alone should bear the burden of paying to house asylum-seekers.


Opinion: Don’t let ICE turn state and local facilities into immigrant detention centers

The Dignity not Detention Act would prohibit New York state and local government entities from contracting with ICE for immigrant detention.


Over 37,000 migrants applied for asylum and work authorization through city help centers

While New York City has increased legal assistance for asylum-seekers after opening a help center devoted to helping migrants apply for asylum and work authorization, the City Council expressed concerns Tuesday about a lack of funding included in the 2025 fiscal preliminary budget.


Out with the new, in with the old: Eric Adams wants to go back to laxer sanctuary protections

In his most forceful comments on the issue to date, the New York City mayor wants to collaborate with federal immigration authorities when a migrant is merely suspected of committing a crime.

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More than 70% of adult literacy programs are at risk of losing city funding

City Council members have called on City Hall to fix a technicality that could cut off funding for 48 of the 67 adult literacy programs currently operating in the city.

Criminal Justice

Bragg and Adams announce charges in Times Square attack

“The only thing worse than failing to bring perpetrators to justice would be to ensnare innocent people in the criminal justice system,” Bragg said of his “meticulous” investigation.

Criminal Justice

Hochul declines to criticize Alvin Bragg after release of migrants accused of police assault

The governor has said the migrants who allegedly attacked officers should be deported.


'The whole world is literally looking at us:' How New York City is using the migrant crisis as a catalyst for change

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom and Department of Social Services Commissioner Molly Wasow-Park detail the city’s shift away from the “right-to-shelter” mandate at the annual Upstream Symposium hosted by HELP USA.


Gale Brewer calls for supporting asylum-seekers at City and State’s 50 over 50 celebration

The New York City Council member was among several Icon Award winners at the event honoring “age disruptors” at the Manhattan Penthouse.


As NYC cuts spending on migrants, Hochul backs a boost in state aid

A boost in tax revenue and support from Gov. Kathy Hochul takes some despair out of New York City’s budget projections.

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Upcoming city, state budgets turn eyes to asylum-seeker dollars

Both Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams are releasing their respective budget proposals for the coming fiscal year Tuesday.