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Turning Hope into Action: Addressing the Migrant Crisis in NYC - An Open Letter to Mayor Eric Adams

(updated 9/4/2023) August 11, 2023 Dear Mayor Eric Adams, I am deeply grateful for your unwavering leadership in addressing the migrant crisis in our city. I offer the following thoughts and suggestions to further enhance our response and allow New York City to remain a beacon of hope for those seeking a better life, consistent with the status as a sanctuary city. The Right to Shelter mandate, which dates back to the 1970s, was created to house homeless New Yorkers, American citizens. However, as winter approaches, we must protect the lives of all New Yorkers, including undocumented migrants. This country is a country that welcomes immigrants, but we are also a country that respects laws in order to create order. 1. **Urging National Emergency Declaration:** I recommend continuing your efforts to encourage President Biden to officially declare the migrant crisis a national emergency. This designation would unlock crucial resources and support, enabling us to address the challenges more
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Critical Consciousness and Critical Race Theory as Tools for Minoritized, Racialized, and Immigrant Families

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