A group of migrants, initially transported to a makeshift tent city at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, adamantly refused to stay and insisted on being taken back to their luxurious hotels in Manhattan.
Despite the city’s significant expenses in setting up the site, the migrants expressed a clear preference for the comforts of Manhattan.
Immediate Return to Manhattan
Upon arrival at Floyd Bennett Field, the migrants, visibly disgruntled, were swiftly loaded onto buses and sent back to Manhattan.
Their reasons included having employment in the city and children attending schools there. The unexpected turn of events puzzled onlookers, and New York Assemblywoman Jaime Williams captured the scene on camera.
Plush Hotels Over Tent Shelters
Several migrants vocalized their discontent, with one explicitly stating a desire to return to the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The Roosevelt Hotel, currently under the control of the Democrat mayor, has been a central hub for processing the influx of migrants.
New York’s Migrant Situation
Over the past 18 months, New York City has received a staggering influx of over 120,000 migrants, presenting substantial challenges for the local government.
Although Mayor Eric Adams initially welcomed migrants sent north by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the continuous stream has necessitated a plea for federal and state assistance.
Challenges and Concerns
Jaime Williams, representing the district where the tent city is located, raised significant concerns about the migrants’ immediate departure.
She noted their fear and uncertainty about the location, emphasizing the considerable distance between the site and their workplaces or their children’s schools.
Tent Shelter Conditions
Describing the site as a potential disaster, Williams highlighted the lack of infrastructure and supermarkets, along with the isolating nature of the location.
As winter weather approaches, the impracticality of the site for daily life adds an additional layer of concern.
City’s Response and Financial Impact
A spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged that some migrants rejected the tent shelter, shedding light on the city’s challenge of accommodating a large number of asylum seekers.
The city has entered into contracts exceeding $5 billion for migrant services, with the total cost estimated to reach $12 billion over three years.
Mayors’ Plea for Federal Assistance
Mayor Adams, along with mayors from other liberal cities, has urgently called on the White House to intervene as their cities grapple with overwhelming numbers of new migrants daily.
While President Biden requested $1.4 billion from Congress for local government support, the mayors argued for a more substantial $5 billion to address the escalating situation.