Migrants flood City Hall Park while City Council holds hearing on efforts to aid newcomers from Africa and Latin America

Two Council committees representing immigration and hospitals held a joint hearing Tuesday that focused on the experiences of newly arrived Black migrants, drawing a crowd of more than a thousand migrants and newcomers outside City Hall.  

City Council Members Alexa Avilés, Mercedes Narcisse and others critical of the mayor’s handling of the migrant crisis grilled members of the Adams administration on efforts being taken to address a myriad of issues pertaining to Black newcomer needs. According to the council members at the hearing, newcomers from countries including Guinea, Haiti, Senegal and others have faced significant problems in accessing shelter and city services as they integrate into the city.