Migrants are being transported to cities across the nation, and there isn’t enough housing or shelter to hold everyone.
Influx of Migrants
The influx of migrants caused the mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, to declare a state of emergency.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bused more than 1,500 migrants to NYC since August 5 while refusing direct requests from the Department of Homeland Security and from NYC government officials for better coordination.
Play Area to Shelter Overnight
Almost overnight, New York City converted a popular play area for children and adults into a shelter for migrants.
Change of Use
Hundreds of students from public and private schools in the city use this area for sports and other recreational purposes.
2,000 Single, Adult Migrants Will Move In
On Randalls Island in New York City, public soccer fields were converted into a shelter that will house 2,000 single, adult migrants. The work started the day after the announcement was made.
Students Show Up to Fields Under Construction
Mamadou Bah, a high school senior, arrived at the site for soccer practice, only to find the fields were already being transformed into the shelter.
“It’s not fair,” he said, talking about the city taking away chances from the soccer players.
Coaches and Community Leaders Are Outraged
Several soccer coaches and community leaders voiced their outrage over the new shelter plan, arguing it would deprive the children in New York City of recreation and time outdoors.
3000 Hours of Recreation Cancelled
According to the Randalls Island Park Alliance, “more than 3,000 permit hours of recreation will need to be canceled this year alone due to the migrant shelter plans.”
Migrants Sent to NYC
Over 100,000 migrants who have entered the United States through the southern Texas border have been sent to New York City via bus and plane, and the city is out of room.
New York City mayor, Eric Adams, called for a state of emergency in the city to help battle the crisis.
Migrants Sleeping On Sidewalks in Brooklyn
The overcrowding couldn’t be ignored when dozens of migrants resorted to sleeping on the sidewalk outside Manhattan’s iconic Roosevelt Hotel, which also doubles as a migrant intake center.
Not All Roses
After being told there was no more room in the shelter system, these migrants had no choice but to lay out cardboard boxes on the sidewalk to sleep on.
“Out of Control”
Councilwoman Vickie Paladino said that the surge in migrants “is impacting New Yorkers’ quality of life” and the situation is “absolutely out of control.”
Busloads of Migrants
Leaders in New York City are pleading for help while bus loads of migrants continue to arrive. The authorities have the responsibility to create shelters and places for the migrants to sleep.
Housed and Fed
One migrant from Venezuela, Miguel Mujica, has no issues with his living arrangements at a newly opened shelter at McCarren Park in Brooklyn.
While he stays here, Mujica’s wife and two children stay at a different migrant hotel in Brooklyn.
Amenities for Migrants
Mujica said he and his family have been treated “very well” and they aren’t stopped from doing anything.
The migrant family are provided with meals, including specially prepared Venezuelan cuisine, free Wi-Fi and international calls at the center, as well as use of the park’s community pool located next door to the center.
It’s a Family Affair
“I brought my wife and children to the pool on Sunday, and there was no problem,” Mujica told a reporter. The family swam from 12 pm until 5 pm and thoroughly enjoyed their time at the pool.
“It’s Good Here”
The migrant shelter at McCarren Park has no curfew and round-the-clock access to snacks, fruit, water, and juice.
Although there is no hot coffee, Mujica said “it’s good here.” He also said they are mostly served Venezuelan dishes such as pasta and rice with chicken, beef, or goat.
Saving up Money
The shelter has spacious, clean living quarters with restrooms and showers for the migrants. Mujica is saving up money to rent a place for him and his family to live, but in the meantime, they are entitled to free food and housing.
In Venezuela, Mujica made $40 a month as a forensic pathology assistant.
In America, Mujica is able to earn between $700 and $800 a week working doing demolition and construction in Brooklyn. He applied for his work permit, but it hasn’t been granted yet.
Court Hearing Two Years Away
Mujica applied for asylum and had an interview with Immigration and Customs Enforcement where he was given an immigration court hearing scheduled for 2025.
With thousands of illegal immigrants coming across the border, the process is slow and time consuming.
Biden Urged to Declare State of Emergency
Mayor Eric Adams urged the Biden administration to declare a state of emergency over the southern border to help officials respond to the large number of asylum seekers in New York City.
Mayor Adams said the migrant crisis will cost New York City $12 billion without state and federal aid.
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