New York Governor Kathy Hochul warns migrants they will NOT be housed in hotel rooms as more than 110,000 migrants flood into the Big Apple
- The Democrat spoke on Thursday about the migrant crisis in New York
- More than 110,000 asylum seekers have arrived since spring 2022, of which more than 10,000 are currently arriving per month and approximately 1,000 per day
- The Roosevelt Hotel, Paul Hotel and Paramount Hotel are among the hotels designated for migrant housing in Manhattan
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has warned that asylum seekers arriving in New York City will not be housed in hotel rooms as in the past, as she told them to “go somewhere else.”
On Thursday, the Democrat spoke about the migrant crisis, which has seen more than 113,000 asylum seekers arrive in the city since last spring.
The city has a legal obligation to provide shelter for those who come there, and Mayor Eric Adams has desperately turned to a variety of city landmarks, such as hotels, makeshift shelters and temporary housing, as short-term solutions.
“We need to make it known that if you come to New York, you won’t have more hotel rooms, we don’t have capacity,” Hochul said on CNN. ‘So we must also make it clear that we have reached the limit: if you are going to leave your country, go somewhere else.’
New York officials have been sounding the alarm for months about their inability to right the ship, with Adams warning that his office estimates the issue will cost the city about $12 billion in just three years.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has warned that asylum seekers arriving in New York City will not be housed in hotel rooms as in the past
The city has a legal obligation to provide shelter for those who come there. Migrants are seen outside the Roosevelt Hotel
Hochul’s comments come after her predecessor Andrew Cuomo blamed the Biden administration for the situation and warned it would hurt Democrats politically.
“This was a federal responsibility, period. First and foremost. Not the state, not the city. Immigration law is a federal responsibility… This is a job for the federal government to ensure that every city and every state does its fair share.”
He added that the Biden administration “should foot the bill for the migrants’ costs and not ask the taxpayers of any city to foot the bill.”
Cuomo’s comments echoed those of Mayor Adams, who has repeatedly argued that the federal government must take action and help cover the costs of the crisis.
Adams warned that the city’s services will be affected by the incredible additional spending in the budget. He has previously stated that the city plans to cut services such as library hours, meals for seniors and free day care for three-year-olds.
Although officials have not revealed how many hotel rooms are designated for migrants, hotel industry experts believe it is as many as 10,000, The City reports.
New York City’s migrant crisis is expected to cost the city $4.7 billion this year. Above is a list of some of the landmarks that have been converted into emergency shelters as officials struggle to house nearly 60,000 migrants in the city’s care
The Roosevelt Hotel, Paul Hotel and Paramount Hotel are among the hotels designated for migrant housing in Manhattan
The Roosevelt Hotel, Paul Hotel and Paramount Hotel are among the hotels designated for migrant housing in Manhattan.
Long lines of migrants, mainly men from Africa, are now often seen outside the legendary sites.
The situation has already led to several demonstrations by angry New Yorkers.
Earlier this week, chaos erupted outside a migrant shelter on Staten Island as protesters tried to stop asylum seekers.
About 10 protesters were arrested Tuesday outside a former Island Shores Assisted Living Facility in Midland Beach, where a crowd met with migrants with chants of, “Take them back, take them back.”
Footage from the scene showed protesters banging on bus windows as they tried to prevent the migrants from getting off and entering the shelter.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently sent a small team to New York City to help determine how the federal government should respond.
The federal government has promised the city $140 million to help so far, although the city has yet to receive any of that money. A city spokesperson later clarified that requests for that money have been made, but the delay could be due to routine bureaucratic reasons.