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Legislature extends emergency order on migrants, asylum seekers in Cayuga County

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In response to the ongoing national immigration crisis, Cayuga County Legislature Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman has issued an emergency order to manage the influx of migrants and asylum seekers. The order, effective immediately, aims to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the county’s residents by regulating the provision of services to homeless individuals by external municipalities.


The directive prohibits any contracts or business dealings within Cayuga County aimed at providing housing, health care, or other essential services to homeless individuals without the express consent of the Cayuga County Legislature. It outlines specific requirements for external municipalities seeking to offer such services, including the verification of migrants’ health status and legal background.

Violations of this emergency order carry significant penalties, including civil fines up to $2,000 per day for each migrant or asylum seeker housed in violation of the order, and the possibility of misdemeanor charges. This decisive action underscores Cayuga County’s commitment to controlling the local impact of the national immigration challenge while emphasizing the need for cooperation and proper planning among governmental entities.