A cruise ship terminal is likely to be the next stop for New York City‘s migrants after they’ve been locked out of various Big Apple hotels, as some activists say the move is not an adequate fix.
Mayor Eric Adams announced that the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will open Monday and house about 1,000 single adult male migrants.
The migrants, who have been ferried across the city from a tent shelter on Randall’s Island to various hotels, will head to the terminal starting Monday morning from the Watson Hotel in Midtown, with DailyMail.com cameras capturing some being pressured to get on buses to Red Hook Sunday night.
Only a small number of the migrants chose to get on the buses, with three departing the hotel carrying a total of about 15-20 people. That hotel will then replace the single male migrants with families that are currently lodging at The Row in Hell’s Kitchen.
A cruise ship terminal is likely to be the next stop for New York City’s migrants as the Big Apple’s humanitarian crisis continues, while some activists say the move is not an adequate fix
This will not be a permanent home, as the city has promised to close the facility in time for cruise season to begin in spring.
The asylum seekers were interviewed on video by reporters Sunday night, where one complained that conditions would be inhumane and there’d be a lack of proper food.
Adams has been bullish on asking for federal help, which included a rally outside City Hall Sunday.
Washington has approved $800million in spending to aid the crisis but it will go to various cities across the country.
Even if it were all going to New York, the city will still spend more money on its own to help the migrants, according to ABC7.
However, Adams bragged Sunday that the migrants will live in better conditions than in other cities.
‘People are sleeping on the streets in El Paso,’ Adams said at the rally. ‘There sleeping in airports. I spoke to my colleague in Chicago, people are sleeping in the basement of libraries. No family is sleeping on our streets.’
Mayor Eric Adams announced that the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will open Monday and house about 1,000 single adult male migrants
Adams has been bullish on asking for federal help, which included a rally outside City Hall Sunday
The migrants, who have been ferried across the city from a tent shelter on Randall’s Island to various hotels, will head to the terminal starting Monday morning from the Watson Hotel in Midtown
DailyMail.com cameras captured some migrants being pressured to get on buses to Red Hook Sunday night
These immigrants were staying at The Watson Hotel. Now they are not being allowed back
A NYPD officer looks on as migrant boards bus to RedHook. Immigrants are being pressured to board buses to Red Hook, where its said the living conditions are bad
He added that there are no plans for the city to stop taking in migrants but that they will need extra preparation if the Supreme Court lets Title 42 – the pandemic rule making it harder to seek asylum in the US – expire.
Activists are not happy with the constant moves, saying that it’s not an adequate fix.
‘Now they’re going to be moved to a building that was not designed for living, that the city is gonna have to prepare for people to sleep in, and only for a short period of time,’ Josh Goldfein of the Legal Aid Society said.
‘We’re gonna invest a lot of resources to get this building ready only to dismantle it again, I guess when cruise ships start coming in again.’
The location is also isolated and far away from accessing medical care and opportunities to work.
An employee of the mayor’s office speaks with a police officer as they try to get the migrants to bus to Red Hook
Immigrants and activists have said the conditions at the terminal are inhumane
A police officer speaks to some of the migrants who have boarded the bus for the terminal
Only a small number of the migrants chose to get on the buses, with three departing the hotel carrying a total of about 15-20 people
Activists are not happy with the constant moves, saying that it’s not an adequate fix
The location is isolated and far away from accessing medical care and opportunities to work
A New York City bus departs for the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Sunday night
‘The city has tens of thousands of New Yorkers in shelter currently who were there before the migrants started coming who could move out if they had some assistance,’ Goldfein added.
Despite his proclamations Sunday, Adams previously made headlines for saying ‘there is no more room’ after previously stating the city would always welcome migrants.
Buses of migrants have been arriving in NYC since fall when Republican governors, primarily Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, began sending asylum seekers from the border to largely Democratic-leaning cities.
WHAT IS TITLE 42?
Title 42 border restrictions are a public health order that enabled U.S. authorities to turn back most migrants, including people seeking asylum from persecution.
They were introduced during the pandemic and are currently set to expire on Wednesday, after several extensions.
But the number of migrants now attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border is at its highest level in two decades – with even larger numbers expected to arrive once the pandemic-era order is lifted.
Many of those were repeat crossers because Title 42 carries no legal or criminal consequences.
Title 42 authority has been applied unevenly across nationalities.
Mexico has agreed to take back migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico – and limited numbers from Cuba and Nicaragua. High costs, strained diplomatic relations and other considerations have made it more difficult to remove migrants from other countries, who must be flown home.
Title 42 is one of two major surviving Trump-era policies to deter asylum at the border.
The little-used public health order that gives border authorities the ability to quickly expel nearly anyone encountered along the Southwest border.
In April, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow the administration to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. That case originated before another Trump-appointed judge, in Amarillo, Texas.
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