New York (WABC)—— Mayor Eric Adams and other New York City leaders plan to hold a rally Thursday to call on the federal government to help asylum seekers with work permits and education.
Gov. Kathy Hochul met with White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of State Alejandro Mayorkas for more than two hours on Wednesday to discuss ongoing issues with the Biden administration on asylum seekers. s hard work. She said it was a first step, but it was “not enough to fully resolve the crisis”.
Beginning Thursday, the White House will send application notices to people applying for admission through the CBP app. They believe it will help identify the thousands of people in New York who are already eligible but may not have applied for work authorization.
Additionally, in the next few weeks, the Department of Homeland Security will be coming to Manhattan to provide resources so that thousands of people can legally apply for asylum, allowing them to work legally.
The administration also requested $600 million in additional funding for housing and services programs in the supplement and said they would continue to call on Congress to meet that request.
As the new school year begins, New York public schools will welcome thousands of immigrant children. They accepted about 19,000 people last year, and more arrive every week.
“Since July 2022, nearly 19,000 students have been enrolled in schools across all five of our boroughs,” said New York City Schools Superintendent David Banks.
Helping with this daunting task is Project Open Arms, a blueprint launched last year to provide assistance with school admissions, mental health, transportation and translation services.
“The Open Arms project has absolutely been instrumental in our success to date,” Banks said. “Before this administration, we lost 120,000 families out of New York City public schools. We provided space for students. Our The principal, our superintendents, our school community have done a fantastic job of hosting these young people.”
The Department of Education is also adding 3,400 English as a Second Language teachers and 1,700 bilingual teachers for this school year.
“We are working closely with the superintendent and the principal to identify neighboring schools that have seating and resources available,” said Melissa Aviles-Ramos, director of the principal’s office.
Just last week, more than 2,900 migrant workers arrived in the city. There is a push to move some of them upstate, but the city and state governments are currently at odds on that.
The rally for Mayor Adams and other city officials began at 10 a.m. in Foley Plaza.
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