Over 1,300 migrants submit asylum applications after city opens center to help file claims: Mayor


A center set up to help recently-arrived migrants apply for asylum has assisted more than 1,300 newcomers file their claims since it was announced in late June, City Hall announced on Wednesday.

The so-called  “Asylum Application Help Center” opened with help from legal service providers and white shoe law firms — working pro bono — to help some of the tens of thousands of migrants who have come to New York since last year fill out and submit their asylum claims. It was opened, in part, to equip more migrants in the city with permits to work in the U.S. — as filing an asylum claim is a critical step toward being able to legally work.