Mayor Eric Adams announced that New York City would close the Randall’s Island shelter for migrants seeking asylum.
Due to a decline in migrants arriving in the city, officials have begun “demobilizing” this shelter. The single male adult migrant will be transferred to Midtown Manhattan , where 600 rooms will also be available at Watson Hotel.
Adams stated in a statement that “This Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center” will provide asylum seekers with a safe place to stay, access support and get to their final destination.
The statement stated that while we will continue to pivot as necessary to address this humanitarian crisis, it is clear that we still require financial assistance from our federal and state partners.
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Adams estimates that New York City has more than 23,800 asylum seekers. At least 17,500 migrants are being cared for by city officials.
After the Bronx’s original Orchard Beach shelter was destroyed by floodwaters, Randall’s Island shelter was built in October. This facility was designed to accommodate up to 500 single men and featured laundry facilities, a cafeteria, and entertainment centers with Xbox systems.
Curtis Sliwa, Republican candidate for the office of mayor, criticized Randall’s Island’s decision to board migrants. The island also houses Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (a maximum security facility for mentally unstable patients who are often violent).
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“It’s almost like mixing bleach and ammonia.” “You are asking for trouble,” Sliwa said to Fox News Digital. “There will be a riot in the island.”
Adams’ press release also criticised Governor Greg Abbott, Texas , for transporting migrants from Texas to the Big Apple. Abbott maintained that the attempt was meant to raise awareness about the seriousness of the Southern Border migrant crisis.
Adams stated that the city had, largely by itself, taken immediate action to manage the arrival of an increasing number of buses in New York City without any coordination from other states.
Fox News’ Julia Musto, and Danielle Wallace contributed this report.