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New York City opens resource center to help asylum seekers

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — As thousands of migrants continue to flow into New York City, the city is opening a resource center in Hell’s Kitchen where they can find help navigating legal and education systems.

At least 11,000 asylum seekers have arrived in NYC since May, most of them bused in from Texas.

The Mayor’s Office says the city’s shelter system is now at a breaking point, causing officials to consider reassessing homeless policies currently in place.

About 60 asylum seekers who arrived Monday night failed to receive shelter, according to the Mayor Eric Adams.

The news of a possible overhaul to the shelter policies received some backlash, with homeless advocates fearing Adams was referring to the decades-old Right to Shelter law.

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But the Mayor’s Office clarified that officials are planning on taking a look at overall policies, not just that one law.

“There should be a pathway to allow them to (receive) housing and understand the American way of life, educate the children.. do it in a very humane fashion,” Adams said. “What is taking place in Texas right now with Governor Abbott is despicable. It is anti-everything we are as Americans.”

The mayor is expected to discuss the issue further when he tours the new resource center at 8 am Thursday.

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