‘Better off going to a more affordable city’: New York City to hand out flyers advising migrants to seek shelter elsewhere

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New York City announced this week that it plans to hand out flyers to migrants discouraging them from seeking shelter in the sanctuary city and instructing them to go elsewhere instead.

In a Wednesday news conference, Anne Williams-Isom, the deputy mayor for the city’s Health and Human Services, stated that the mayor’s office plans to distribute flyers to migrants currently residing in the city’s emergency shelters and at the southern border. The flyers aim to dispel “misinformation” and provide an update on the status of New York City’s shelter system, she claimed.

The city’s flyers warn asylum-seeking migrants to “beware of wrong information on social media and from human traffickers.” It notes that New York City resources “have been exhausted,” and new migrant arrivals “will not be placed in a hotel.”

“NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world; you are better off going to a more affordable city,” the flyer states.

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The city will be unable to “help you obtain a work permit, and you will not be able to easily find work,” the flyer notes. It also adds that individuals currently residing in the city’s emergency shelter system “are now getting letters to move out.”

The city recently revised its shelter stay limits for single adults from 60 to 30 days. After that time limit is up, migrants must reapply for a new shelter bed.

“This past weekend, we got word that the city of El Paso would resume bussing on top of the buses that are still being sent from Governor Abbott and the state of Texas,” Williams-Isom stated. “Today, we are releasing updated flyers to combat misinformation at the border and in cities across the country where people are coming to New York City from.”

“We want people to know what New York City is able to provide and what New York City isn’t able to provide any longer,” she continued. “In the coming days, we will be distributing these flyers at our shelters and intake shelters in New York City as well as through NGOs and nonprofits across the country.”

According to Williams-Isom, there are currently 113,000 individuals in the city’s shelter system.

In July, the city came under fire for handing out similar flyers deterring migrants from seeking shelter in the sanctuary city. The previous pamphlet told asylum-seekers that there was “no guarantee” that the city would be able to provide them with shelter.

“Housing in NYC is very expensive,” it stated. “The cost of food, transportation, and other necessities in NYC is the highest in the United States.”

It encouraged migrants to “consider another city as you make your decision about where to settle in the U.S.”

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