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NYC Dissolves “Right to Shelter” Rules, Leaving Illegal Migrants Stranded

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Migrants in a long queue waiting to get accommodation
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After 42 years, the right which made the lives of thousands easier in NYC ended. The ‘Right to Shelter’ policy, which ensured same-day housing for those who were eligible for it, was terminated.

So far, over 180,000 individuals sought asylum in New York City alone. Previously, these individuals were guaranteed shelter, but now they are left stranded, facing uncertainty and hardships.

The termination of the policy has left many without a place to live. This has deeply impacted those facing hardships through migration and settling into a new place.

The sudden end to the Right to Shelter policy led to many migrants opting for numerous survival tactics that are dangerous or nearly impossible to achieve. Many migrants resort to makeshift shelters, sleeping in trains, streets, or public restrooms.

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They are now forced to endure harsh conditions; some wear multiple layers to avoid the cold. The struggle for basic needs has increased tenfold. New York City has abruptly altered many policies, including its Right to Shelter rule, citing a need to ease the strain on the shelter system. The modifications allow for more flexibility in determining the length of migrants’ stays in shelters.

Critics argue that this change may exacerbate the cycle of homelessness and exploitation. Many migrants have shared their experiences, highlighting increased levels of exploitation and vulnerability within the shelter system.

Reports include instances of illegal apartments, overcrowding, and desperate measures taken by migrants. These conditions have underscored systemic failures and societal inequalities, further heightened by the changes in shelter policies.

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NYC, once known as a sanctuary city, providing shelter and aid to those in need, now faces scrutiny over its new policies. Debates center around the balance between social justice and constraints, leaving uncertainty about the future of the Right to Shelter policy.

NYC is grappling with legal complexities and humanitarian crises following the temporary change in rules, particularly impacting asylum seekers and the homeless population. Authorities have not provided clarity on when this humanitarian crisis will end. This leaves urgent calls for sustainable, compassionate solutions unanswered.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams justified ending the Right to Shelter by citing unsustainable costs and strained resources. He noted that budget cuts affect those experiencing homelessness and essential services.

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The Legal Aid Society and other advocates are challenging the city’s decision and the new policy, emphasizing the importance of the Right to Shelter. Court-supervised negotiations may lead to modifications in shelter policies for migrants.

The migrant crisis significantly affects the city’s financial burdens, prompting budget adjustments and expenditure reallocations. However, the termination of this rule extends beyond municipal finances, impacting businesses, employment, and social services.

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