New York City Expands Migrant Shelter Curfew Amid Rising Violence

By Alan Hume | Tuesday, 13 February 2024 01:00 AM
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In the wake of a series of violent incidents involving migrants and law enforcement in Times Square, New York City is extending a curfew on migrant shelters.

Initially implemented at four shelters, the curfew will now be enforced at 20 additional locations, affecting approximately 3,600 migrants, as stated by Kayla Mamelak, a spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams' administration.

The curfew, which runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., was first introduced last month in response to complaints from local residents. One of the shelters in Long Island City, Queens, which houses nearly 1,000 migrants, is among those affected.

Mamelak, in a statement to The Associated Press, said, "New York City continues to lead the nation in managing this national humanitarian crisis, and that includes prioritizing the health and safety of both asylum seekers in our care and New Yorkers who live in the communities surrounding the emergency shelters we manage." She further noted that similar overnight curfews are already in place at the city's homeless shelters, which will allow for "more efficient capacity management" of migrants.


The curfew extension follows the arrest of a 15-year-old armed migrant, who allegedly shot a tourist and fired at police in Times Square last Thursday. The New York Police Department (NYPD) stated that the teenager, who arrived in the city from Venezuela less than six months ago and resided at a migrant shelter on Manhattan’s Upper West side, will face adult charges, including two counts of attempted murder, assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.


According to the NYPD, the teenager was caught on security footage firing a gun inside a Times Square sporting goods store after a security guard confronted him over stolen merchandise. The shot missed the guard but hit a female Brazilian tourist in the leg. The teen migrant is also alleged to have fired at least twice at a responding police officer.