New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced plans to set up a new taxpayer-funded tent city for illegal immigrants on Randall’s Island.
With more than 57,000 illegal migrants living in the city, the current system is being stretched to its limits, making it a “Herculean effort” to find enough beds every night, Adams said. The new humanitarian relief center on Randall’s Island aims to provide shelter for the growing number of asylum seekers in the city.
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Adams expressed gratitude to Governor Hochul and New York State for their partnership in opening the relief center and covering its costs. He also called for more support from all levels of government to address the migrant crisis effectively.
“As the number of asylum seekers in our care continues to grow by hundreds every day, stretching our system to its breaking point and beyond, it has become more and more of a Herculean effort to find enough beds every night,” said Mayor Adams. “We’re grateful to Governor Hochul and New York state for their partnership in opening this new humanitarian relief center and covering the costs, and we need more of the same from all levels of government. We will continue to work with the governor and elected officials across the state to address this crisis as New York City continues to do more than any other level of government.”
The situation has become critical, with former New York Gov. David Paterson warning that the city is reaching a “tipping point” in handling the migrant crisis. Many migrants are left with no choice but to sleep on the streets due to overcrowded hotels.
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New York City lawmakers have pleaded for help as the surge of illegal migrants has led to some sleeping on sidewalks in Midtown Manhattan. The city’s shelter system is at capacity, and Adams has even called for a “state of emergency” to tackle the crisis.
To address the issue, New York City received $104.6 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for its Shelter and Services Program, which aims to provide better support for migrants in need of shelter and assistance. The situation remains challenging, but with ongoing partnerships and support, city officials hope to manage the crisis effectively.
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