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PAGE 4                                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                               THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022

            Mayor Adams Announces Opening Of Satellite Asylum                                        City Council Speaker Adams And
              Seeker Resource Navigation Sites to Support Newly                                    Chancellor Matos Rodríguez Unveil
                                 Arriving Asylum Seekers                                         Plans For ‘One Stop’ Welcome Center

        Eight Satellite Asylum Resource  will continue to lead with care  significant numbers of West Af-  at York College to Help Students
        Navigation Sites Will Provide  and compassion and empower  ricans and other Black migrants,”
        Range of Services to Asylum  our newest New Yorkers with  said Amaha Kassa, executive                 Re-Enroll in School
        Seekers Throughout New York  resources and services.”      director, ACT. “New York’s Af-
        City                              The selected organizations will  rican immigrant communities   (Continued from page 3)  Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers.
                                     provide individuals and families  are already welcoming these new                       “Students are often forced to with-
             New York City Mayor Eric  with in-person support — in  New Yorkers into our mosques,  the advancement of opportunities  draw from school due to circum-
        Adams and Mayor’s Office of Im-  Spanish and in other languages  churches, and community centers.  for New Yorkers.”  stances beyond their control. As a
        migrant Affairs (MOIA) Commis-  — including a variety of supple-  ACT is proud to partner with the       “We know the complicated web  result, they are denied the learning
        sioner Manuel Castro today an-  mental services, comprehensive  city on the Asylum Seeker Naviga-  of factors that can discourage or  and career advancement oppor-
        nounced an additional eight Asy-  case management, and immigrant  tion Center to provide them with  prevent a person from returning  tunities that come with a college
        lum Seeker Resource Navigation  rights workshops:          greater support and stability.”  to college. Working to help each  degree. Hundreds of thousands
        sites that will be opened across  •    Aid for Aids International        “La Colmena has been one of  individual successfully navigate  of former students would benefit
        the five boroughs, in an effort to  •    African Communities Together  the organizations that has been  this transition presents a game-  from a chance to re-enroll, and I
        continue supporting newly arrived  (ACT)                   in the forefront in Staten Island  changing proposition for York  applaud Speaker Adams, Chan-
        individuals and families seeking  •    Catholic Charities Community  in welcoming asylum seekers by  College and CUNY to promote ac-  cellor Rodríguez, and President
        asylum. Eight community-based  Services, Archdiocese of New  providing them with free con-  cess and opportunity across New  Johnson Eanes for their efforts
        organizations have been chosen  York                       struction workforce classes, pre-  York City,” said Chancellor Felix  welcome these students back to
        and granted $2.1 million to run  •    Catholic Charities Neigh-  apprenticeship programs, English  Matos Rodríguez. “By enabling  York College.”
        these sites that will build on the  borhood Services Brooklyn &  classes and most importantly a  thousands more New Yorkers       CUNY estimates that there
        ongoing work of the city’s first  Queens                   community,” said Yesenia Mata,  to complete a college degree or  are approximately 700,000 work-
        Asylum Seeker Resource Naviga-  •    Coalicion Mexicana    executive director, La Colmena.  credential, CUNY Reconnect will  ing-age New Yorkers, who have
        tion Center, operated by Catholic  •    La Colmena         “Every asylum seeker we speak to  help to ensure the equity of the  earned credits and could return
        Charities of New York.       •    Mercy Center             lets us know that they are here to  city’s post-pandemic economic  to finish their degrees or earn
             “The city’s first Asylum Seeker  •    Mixteca Organization   work to provide for their families  growth. We again thank Speaker  certificates that would help them
        Resource Navigation Centers has  •    New Immigrant Community  and contribute to the economy.  Adams and the City Council for  enhance their careers. This in-
        served nearly 7,000  individuals  Empowerment (NICE)       As a satellite we will continue  partnering with CUNY to make  cludes students who left college
        since opening a few short months       The city’s first Asylum Seeker  working with all city agencies and  measurable improvements for so  during the pandemic, as well as
        ago, and I’m proud to expand the  Resource Navigation Center —  organizations on Staten Island to  many New Yorkers and the city  those who withdrew years or even
        footprint of this important work  located at the American Red Cross  ensure that all workers regardless  itself.”    decades ago. The initiative will
        across all five boroughs to sup-  of Greater New York headquarters  of immigration status get the sup-       “Everyone New Yorker should  also conduct outreach to students
        port the asylum seekers arriving  — will continue to operate on  port that they need.”   have the chance to obtain a college  who graduated from high school
        in our city every day,” said Mayor  weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00       “The Mexican Coalition is  degree, including those who left  during the pandemic and were
        Adams. “In partnership with these  PM and provide individuals and  proud to be part of a quality and  college before graduating,” said  unable to attend college because
        eight community-based organi-  families with in-person support.  effective welcome for our migrant  New York City Council Majority  of personal circumstances.
        zations, these additional centers  Services at the navigation center  community  and  all  those  who
        will help support the more than  and Catholic Charities sites will  arrived seeking asylum,” said   Chairman Jeffries: “House Democrats
        26,000 asylum seekers who have  be available by appointments and  Jairo Guzman, president, Mexi-
        arrived here in New York City  walk-ins are accepted in all other  can Coalition. “We thank MOIA,  Are Committed to Defending Democracy
        with a range of services including  locations. Appointments can be  which is committed to supporting   And Fighting For Freedom”
        legal assistance, medical care, and  made by community-based part-  migrants and all seeking help in
 (Continued on page 10)  school enrollment. New York City  ners and certain city agencies,  New York City. Grassroots or-
        will continue to do all we can to  including city shelter staff. Since  ganizations are part of the great
        meet our moral and legal man-  this humanitarian crisis began,  infrastructure of New York City to
        dates and welcome and support  the city has — largely on its own  help all its residents. MOIA shows
        asylum seekers arriving here, and  — taken fast and urgent action,  its availability by supporting the
        these sites will play an important  managing the arrival of a rapidly  creation of welcome centers and
        role delivering critical services  increasing number of buses across  incorporating Coalicion Mexicana
        directly to families and individu-  New York City with virtually no  into its mission.”
        als who need them.”          coordination from states sending       “Asylum Seekers have gone
              “Throughout the city’s re-  them — opening 57 hotels as  through a difficult ordeal over
        sponse to the asylum seeker crisis,  emergency shelters and three hu-  the past few months. In order to
        we have worked in partnership  manitarian relief centers already.     support them, our organization
        with community-based organi-       “Expanding access and re-  is joining the city’s effort to con-
        zations,” said Deputy Mayor for  sources for those seeking asylum  nect asylum seekers and their
        Health and Human Services Anne  is important as we work to ensure  families with critical services and
        Williams-Isom. “Today’s an-  newly arrived immigrants are wel-  resources they need to thrive,”
        nouncement builds upon that work  comed with dignity and respect,”  said Lorena Kourousias, executive       Incoming Democratic Leader  our democracy, halt the peaceful
        and offers additional layers of sup-  said Beatriz Diaz Taveras , execu-  director, Mixteca.    Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), incom-  transfer of power and undermine
        port for individuals and families  tive director, Catholic Charities       “NICE connects new immi-  ing Democratic Whip Katherine  the foundational principle of free
        seeking a new home in New York  Community Services. “Catholic  grants and asylum seekers to es-  Clark (D-MA) and incoming  and fair elections.
        City. Thank you to our partners  Charities of New York is excited  sential services, including health  Democratic Caucus Chair Pete       It’s unfortunate that as a result
        who will continue to serve asylum  that we can continue our partner-  and safety trainings daily, but we  Aguilar (D-CA) held a leadership  of some of the extremism that we
        seekers at satellite locations in all  ship with the Mayor’s Office of  cannot address the increasing  press conference where they high-  continue to see on the other side
        five boroughs.”              Immigrant Affairs, and extend  need of this community alone.  lighted House Democrats’ contin-  of the aisle, that it’s not clear yet
             “New York City has led the  our reach through 11 impactful  We’re thrilled to partner with the  ued work to swiftly organize for  that the threats to our democracy
        nation’s response to the influx of  organizations that will help to  city of New York and other vital  the 118th Congress and fight for  are over. There’s still a lot of work
        asylum seekers, launching the first  support this incoming population.  organizations to provide holistic  lower costs, better-paying jobs and  to be done to make sure that what
        Asylum Seeker Navigation Cen-  As an extension of our work at the  and essential wrap-around servic-  safer communities.   we saw with the Big Lie and what
        ter,” said MOIA Commissioner  Asylum Seeker Resource Naviga-  es to our newest New Yorkers as a       JEFFRIES: Earlier today,  we saw with the violent insurrec-
        Castro. “Today, we take another  tion Center, these satellite sites  satellite site for the new Asylum  there was a solemn moment of  tion and what we saw with the
        stride forward by announcing  will help to provide much-needed  Seeker Navigation Center,” said  recognition for the Capitol Police  effort to halt the peaceful transfer
        several community organizations  on-the-ground case management  Diana Moreno, executive director,  officers and the Metropolitan  of power never happens again.
        that will serve as satellite sites  services in all five boroughs.”   NICE. “Together we can ensure  Police Department officers who  House Democrats will continue
        across the five boroughs to sup-       “The immigrants coming to  our new neighbors are welcomed  so bravely and valiantly defended  to be committed to defending
        port our new neighbors. Through  New York seeking asylum and  with the dignity and respect they  the Congress, the country and the  democracy while at the same time
        this effort, our administration  inclusion are diverse and include  deserve.”           Constitution on January 6. Several  fighting for freedom, reproductive
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            (Continued from page 2)       Con Edison’s customers built  York’s target of achieving net-  come together in this way to con-  tinued hope that our colleagues
                                     another 24 megawatts of solar-  zero carbon emissions statewide   fer the Congressional Gold Medals  on the other side of the aisle will
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        Con Edison’s service area, with  50,000 individual systems. Bat-  energy resources, such as rooftop   wanted to reiterate our gratitude as  what an honor it was to be at the
        the aim of making it easier to  tery storage capacity rose to 23.5  solar and batteries, with large-  House Democrats for those heroes  Congressional Medal of Honor
        follow New York’s clean energy  megawatts.                 scale renewable generators lo-  who were on the frontline pushing
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