BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Town of Cheektowaga received a temporary restraining order to prevent more asylum seekers from taking shelter in the town, Supervisor Diane Benczkowski confirmed Friday. This comes as a group of asylum seekers are being relocated from a Cheektowaga hotel to Amherst.

The town will reappear in court on Monday to extend the order. Erie County has already said it will not accept any more migrants in the immediate term, having made the request in light of two separate sexual assault cases involving asylum seekers housed temporarily in Cheektowaga hotels.

Benczkowski signaled the restraining order was being considered at a Cheektowaga Town Board meeting Tuesday. The board unanimously voted to retain counsel to look into whether the hotels housing asylum seekers were violating the town code, as the occupants have resided there for 60 days.

“I don’t have a problem of taking a stand on what is right for my residents,” Benczkowski said Tuesday. “It doesn’t matter what party you belong to, you have to be bipartisan.”

One facility at issue, a hotel on Dingens Street, is set to be closed, with the migrants being transferred out to different facilities. On Saturday, Erie County said it had begun the process of moving asylum seekers from the Dingens Street hotel to a hotel in the town of Amherst.

An Erie County spokesperson said the process of moving asylum seekers from Cheektowaga to Amherst “was scheduled to begin Friday afternoon and is expected to continue over the next few days.”

“County officials thank the communities of Cheektowaga and Amherst for their efforts with the transition and appreciate the public’s patience and understanding,” the spokesperson said.

On Monday morning, Town of Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa released a statement, saying the town is “prepared to assist with providing secondary needs to these individuals and their children while integrating them into our town.”

“I also join Sweet Home Schools in welcoming the newest members of the Panthers family,” Kulpa said. “The safety of all residents is my top priority and we remain focused on that throughout.”

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