Hundreds of asylum seekers are stuck outside New York City’s (NYC) arrival intake center, with many migrants waiting for days to have a place to sleep.
City officials have already confirmed that these migrants could soon be staying in other iconic areas of the city, including popular tourist spots like Central Park.
Many of the homeless migrants sleeping on the streets of midtown in front of the Roosevelt Hotel on East 45th Street and Madison Avenue lament that they haven’t made progress as city officials consider all alternative options to house the asylum seekers.
The majority of migrants are single men.
NYC Deputy Mayor Anne Williams-Isom said “everything is on the table.” She added that since July 30, 107,900 people have been in New York’s care, along with 56,600 asylum seekers.
To date, more than 95,600 people have come through the system since last spring.
Migrants like Jose Gregorio, have been waiting in the same spot for several days since their arrival.
New York’s tracking system reveals that over 2,300 migrants entered its system in only one week between July 24 to 30.
Luis Garcia, one of the migrants, told reporters he was happy to have food and water despite not having a place to stay. He added that he was still grateful even though he’d been sleeping on the street for two and a half days because he’d also slept on the street since he left Venezuela.
According to the Legal Aid Society, even if some of the asylum seekers are fine with waiting in the street, the conditions still violate the city’s right to shelter.
Murad Awawdeh from the NY Immigration Coalition criticized NYC Mayor Eric Adams, noting that his administration has doubled down and tripled down on strategies that aren’t effective and never worked in the first place. Awawdeh added that the mayor’s rhetoric has changed and that it’s “no longer welcoming.”
City officials have denied that leaving people in line is a scheme to send a pointed message to the federal government or the migrants at the border that New York is already out of space. (Related: Chicago’s Black community slams city officials over $51 million fund for migrants.)
NYC finally turning migrants away
NYC will start distributing flyers at the U.S.-Mexico border to inform newly arrived migrants to “consider another city” and limit shelter stays for adult asylum seekers to 60 days.
Adams, a Democrat, explained that the city is straining to house the influx of migrants. His office claimed that the flyers would help “combat misinformation at the border” and that New York would help migrants find other housing and “take the next step in their journey.”
New York is bound by a decades-old consent decree in a class-action lawsuit to provide shelter for the homeless.
But as more migrants arrived, Adams tried various approaches to housing them, from tents to relocating them to other parts of the state.
The decree states that NYC has a legal obligation to give shelter to those with none and to ensure that they “are safe and secure, and protected from exposure to the elements.”
In October 2022, Adams declared a state of emergency. He also urged President Brandon to provide more resources and to help migrants get their work permits.
The new flyer that NYC plans to circulate at the border emphasizes the high cost of housing, food and other necessities that migrants will have to deal with if they head to the U.S. financial center.
“Please consider another city as you make your decision about where to settle in the U.S.,” the flyer said in English and Spanish.
Watch the video below to learn more about New York’s migrant problem.
This video is from the Cleansing Flow channel on Brighteon.com.
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