New York’s mayor has announced that the city will erect hangar-sized tent camps in a Bronx neighborhood to accommodate an influx of migrants sent to the city from southern border states.
Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday that the city will open “humanitarian response and relief centers” in response to the ongoing migrant crisis currently straining the city’s shelter system.
The number of migrants housed in New York City shelters has risen to more than 10,000, the mayor said Sunday.
That’s on top of another 52,137 people housed in homeless shelters across the five boroughs, according to the latest data from the Coalition on the Homeless.
As an example, earlier this week a female migrant from Colombia took her own life in a Queens homeless shelter, highlighting the pressure the system places on individuals.
“This is not an everyday homelessness crisis, but a humanitarian crisis that requires a different approach,” Adams said Thursday.
The first designated aid center will be built on the Orchard Beach parking lot in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The Orchard Beach site will serve 1,000 single adults. The site will be air-conditioned and conditioned to continue operating through the winter.
Another facility will open shortly after Orchard Beach, the location of which has yet to be determined. The places will be designed to accommodate asylum seekers who cannot find immediate housing for 24 to 96 hours.
The facilities will provide asylum seekers with shelter, food, medical care and caseworkers to help them reunite with family across the country.
Buses carrying migrants will be directed to go directly to Orchard Beach, or directed there from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
“More than 100 years ago, Ellis Island opened its doors to welcome those ‘who want to breathe free,'” Adams said Thursday. “Now, more than ever, it is clear that we are once again dealing with a man-made humanitarian crisis. While other leaders have abdicated their moral duty to support arriving asylum seekers, New York City refuses to do so.
The mayor appeared to take a jab at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who have ramped up their messaging on the southern border leading up to November’s midterm elections.
Abbott began busing immigrants to cities like New York and Washington, DC. Last week, Abbott sent a busload of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence at the US Naval Observatory in DC.
Adams has previously called Abbott’s bus policy a “political farce”.
“When we first discovered that the governor of Texas was actually orchestrating this political show, we reached out to the office and said, let’s coordinate this crisis together and figure out how to solve this together,” Adams said in the an interview with MSNBC last Sunday.
“They never coordinated.” They kept sending the buses. Even last night we got at least six buses and that was never done. And that’s not how you approach the crisis. Manage crisis through coordination.
Earlier this week, DeSantis used money from Florida to fly a plane full of migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Several investigations have been opened into DeSantis’ now-notorious flight, and several migrants have announced a lawsuit against the governor for misleading them about where the plane was headed.
However, some lawyers in New York City have already criticized Adams’ plan and the administration’s lack of details about the rollout.
“We are deeply concerned about any scenario where families with children would be relegated to gathering places. This practice, which has been widely condemned for its negative and dangerous impact on this particularly vulnerable population, is already subject to legal prohibitions,’ The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless said in a joint statement issued on Thursday.
The two groups said they received no response from the administration when they confronted them with their concerns.
“That said, we remain willing to work with the city on a viable solution that satisfies New York’s legal and moral obligation to provide safe and adequate shelter to all who seek it, including asylum seekers,” they said. .
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Source : metro.co.uk