nyc migrants might soon sleep on streets as city is out of room
Migrants in New York City (NYC) will soon have to start “sleeping on the streets” as the city is out of room. Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City, has said that the authorities are planning to put migrants into new tent shelters amid an influx of asylum seekers.
On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams warned about the migrant crisis in the city. He said at a news conference from City Hall, “We are out of room. It’s not if people will be sleeping on the streets, it’s when. We are at full capacity.”
As more migrants arrive in New York City, the shelter system in the city is overstuffed. Over the past few years, more than 100,000 migrants from all over the world have come to New York City, seeking a better life.
The mayor questioned, “What do we do right now with 2,500 to 4000 people coming here a week, coming faster than leaving?”
Migrant crisis in NYC
Migrants have been facing various challenges in NYC. Recently, the FDNY (Fire Department of the City of New York) closed a migrant shelter near Penn Station in Midtown because of a faulty fire alarm system. More than 100 migrants were displaced because of the decision to close the migrant facility.
Last week, New York City also toughened its stance against migrant families amid the migrant crisis. Eric Adams announced a 60-day limit on how long a migrant family with children can stay at any migrant shelter in the city.
This move can displace homeless migrant children who are currently enrolled in the public school system in New York City.
Migrant mothers or pregnant migrants also faced various challenges in NYC as they had no access to work and were relying on food aid from the migrant shelters.
NYC is currently managing more than 213 emergency shelter sites. The mayor has called the situation a humanitarian crisis.
Earlier this month, Joe Biden, the president of the United States, also agreed to offer temporary legal status to migrant families, who were separated during the tenure of former US President Donald Trump. The legal settlement was part of an effort by the Biden’s administration to reunite migrant parents with migrant children, who were separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. The policy called for the prosecution of all unauthorized border crossers.