In an attempt to address the escalating crime and safety concerns around migrant shelters in New York City, Dem Mayor Eric Adams is contemplating a new policy: imposing a curfew for illegal aliens residing in state-run housing. This move comes amid a dramatic drop in Adams’ popularity, largely due to his lenient stance towards illegal immigrants and the resulting frustration among voters.
Under this proposed policy, illegal immigrants in state shelters would need to be in their rooms by 11 p.m. and remain there until 6 a.m., except for emergencies or if they have work, school, or appointments during those hours. Violating this curfew thrice within a month could lead to expulsion from the shelter.
The decision to consider a curfew was spurred by numerous complaints from locals near a shelter at Floyd Bennett Field. Residents reported illegal immigrants knocking on doors, seeking food and clothing. David Fitzgerald, a local, described the situation as an “invasion,” expressing his discomfort with the unprecedented scenario of non-English speaking people soliciting at his doorstep.
Molly Schaeffer, who is the city’s director of Asylum Seeker Operations, acknowledged that the administration was seriously considering curfews to control migrants’ activities during nighttime. This suggestion initially came from Queens Councilwoman Joann Ariola, who pointed out the existing curfew rules for homeless shelters in the city.
The financial strain of accommodating these migrants is evident. Reports indicate that New York City has already spent approximately $10 billion on various services for migrants, including housing, food, education, health care, and legal aid. This expense is said to cost the city about $5 million daily. To manage these costs, Mayor Adams proposed significant budget cuts in city services, including the police department.
However, despite these efforts, Adams’ approval rating continues to decline, particularly due to the deepening migrant crisis and his dedication to maintaining New York City’s “sanctuary city” policies.
Whether this curfew policy will be implemented or not remains uncertain. But one thing is clear: Mayor Adams is in dire need of a policy win, especially regarding the migrant issue that has significantly impacted his administration and the city.