SUNY Buffalo Responds to Parent Concerns, Removes Illegal Immigrants from Dorms Following Sexual Assaults
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo has decided to evict 44 illegal immigrants from its dorms following concerns raised by pa
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo to Evict Illegal Immigrants from Dorms
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo has decided to evict 44 illegal immigrants from its dorms following concerns raised by parents about student safety. The decision comes after two alleged sexual assaults involving migrants. The university abruptly canceled an agreement with a local community group that had placed the migrants in the dorms.
Revocable Permit Discontinued to Ensure Student Safety
Buffalo State President Bonita Durand has announced that the revocable permit, which allowed a group of protesters to occupy a space on campus, has been discontinued. Durand stated that this decision was made in order to provide the best learning environment for students and ensure the smooth functioning of university operations. She reassured the university community that the learning environment will be as expected when students return to campus.
Accommodation of Illegal Immigrants in Dormitories
Buffalo State College has made the decision to accommodate illegal immigrants in its dormitories starting in May. This decision was made due to the fact that the migrant shelter run by Jericho Road Community Health Center was already at full capacity. Dr. Myron Glick, the founder and CEO of Jericho Road, believes that this decision was made as a response to the prejudice that exists within the community.
Refugee Resettlement Program Canceled
The decision to cancel a planned refugee resettlement program in a town near Buffalo, New York, was made after concerns were raised by parents regarding two alleged sexual assaults involving migrants. The incidents occurred earlier this month in Cheektowaga, a town located about 15 minutes away from downtown Buffalo. However, the official who announced the cancellation did not specifically mention these incidents as the reason for the decision.
Charges of Sexual Assault Against Migrants
A migrant from Venezuela has been charged with raping a woman in front of a 3-year-old child, according to authorities. The incident occurred in Erie County, after the suspect had arrived from New York City, where his upstate hotel room was reportedly being paid for.
A second migrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been arrested for sexual assault, three days after the first migrant was charged. The second migrant is facing charges of sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment for allegedly sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman who was working with a community agency to provide services to the migrants.
Two migrants have been charged with sexual assault in Cheektowaga, a town located east of Buffalo. The incidents prompted Erie County, which encompasses Buffalo, to call on New York City Mayor Eric Adams to halt the transfer of illegal migrants to the region.
No More Migrants to be Sent to Erie County
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced that the federal government will not be sending any more migrants to Erie County for the time being. This decision came after a discussion with the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, where they also talked about the need for a better security plan. Up until now, around 540 migrants have already been transported to Erie County.
Additional National Guard Personnel and Assets
Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul's office has announced that Erie County in New York will receive additional National Guard personnel and assets to assist with the migrant crisis. Currently, there are already over 1,800 National Guard members helping with the situation across the state.
New York City Struggles with Influx of Illegal Migrants
New York City is facing a significant challenge as it deals with a large influx of illegal migrants over the past year. More than 90,000 migrants have arrived in the city since April of last year, and currently, around 55,000 are still being accommodated by the city. This has resulted in the city's homeless shelters reaching their maximum capacity.
Financial Burden and Criticism
The city has spent $1.2 billion to assist migrants since last summer. The crisis has caused frustration for Adams, who has criticized Texas, the White House, and New York's state government for burdening the city with the emergency.