“Orange County Wins Restraining Order Against NYC’s Asylum Seeker Placement: Latest Updates”

2023-05-17 06:46:48

NEW YORK — On Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Sandra B. Sciortino granted Orange County a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), preventing New York Mayor Eric Adams from send the city asylum seekers.

“New York City should not establish a homeless shelter outside of its borders in Orange County,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus. “The city [de Nueva York] it is a self-proclaimed sanctuary city; Orange County is not. We should not have to bear the burden of the immigration crisis created by the federal government and Mayor Adams, and I will continue to fight for Orange County residents in this important way.”

As amended by the court, the TRO allows the 186 asylum seekers at the Crossroads Hotel and Ramada by Wyndham in the city of Newburgh to remain in Orange County.

However, it prohibits New York City from sending any more asylum seekers to Orange County, pending further submissions by the parties and future court determinations.

After the court hearing, the county learned that New York City anticipated sending seven busloads of new immigrants/asylum seekers to Orange County on Tuesday. Due to the court order, that will not happen. The parties will appear before the Court again on June 21.

According to Orange County Attorney Richard Golden, if any of the 186 asylum seekers leave the two hotels in the city of Newburgh, New York City cannot send people to replace them.

Neuhaus filed two lawsuits on behalf of the county last Friday to stop New York City from illegally sending its homeless immigrants and/or asylum seekers to the county.

The first lawsuit is against the Crossroads Hotel and Ramada by Wyndham, both located in the city of Newburgh. This lawsuit is to prevent these hotels from accepting homeless immigrants and/or asylum seekers from New York City in violation of the prior Order and Declaration of Emergency issued by Neuhaus.

The second lawsuit against the City of New York and Mayor Adams is to prevent the city from establishing unlicensed and unregulated homeless shelters in Orange County for these immigrants and/or asylum seekers. Under state law, the city is prohibited from establishing homeless shelters outside of the five boroughs the way it did last week.

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