New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks at a Brooklyn police facility in New York, on June 6, 2022. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) New York City is turning to emergency hotels to handle the influx of illegal immigrants that have arrived in recent months, officials have said.
Department of Social Services Commissioner Gary Jenkins said on Aug. 9 during testimony at an emergency City Council hearing that the city has opened 11 hotels to date in order to accommodate the increased number of immigrants.
Jenkins noted that New York is a right-to-shelter city and is thus “legally and morally obligated” to provide temporary housing to individuals who need a place to stay.
“The influx of asylum seekers definitely put a strain [on the system], and that’s why we had to pivot to open up emergency hotels. To date we’ve opened 11,” said Jenkins. “We’re legally and morally mandated to have temporary housing to those who present to us.”
According to the Office of Immigrant Affairs, 68 illegal aliens arrived from Texas between Friday and Sunday and there is currently a 1 percent capacity rate in the city’s emergency shelter system.
Another bus arrived on Tuesday. Three more are expected on Wednesday, the council said.
While immigration is not a new phenomenon for New York, officials said on Tuesday that the rate at which illegal aliens are entering New York City has now reached unprecedented levels.
The city began to see an increase in immigrants from May through July 2022 and just over 4,000 immigrants have arrived since then, officials said. Currently, there are nearly 17,000 people in the emergency shelter system, Jenkins said, including 8,800 children. A large group of illegal aliens boards a bus bound for the Border Patrol processing facility after being apprehended by Border Patrol near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch […]
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