The mayor said the new centers will provide accommodation, food and healthcare to the hundreds of people who take the bus into the city each day.
The mayor has announced that emergency centers will be opening in New York City to provide assistance to migrants and asylum seekers, as Republican lawmakers from other parts of the US continue send bus of people entering the city.
In one statement On Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams said the two centers would provide accommodation, food and medical care, as well as a range of settlement assistance, to the hundreds of asylum seekers who arrive each day from Texas and other states. other border states of the United States.
“While other leaders have reneged on their moral obligation to assist incoming asylum seekers, New York City refuses to do so,” said Adams, a Democrat.
“This is not an everyday homelessness crisis, but a humanitarian crisis that requires a different approach. That is why the Humanitarian Emergency and Relief Centers will be the first point of contact for asylum seekers, which will provide them with a wide range of services and support when the families need help. families determine their next steps”.
In recent months, Republican lawmakers have send migrants and asylum seekers to Democratic-led cities across the United States in what critics denounce as an “inhumane” attempt to garner support ahead of the pivotal midterm elections in November. .
The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and Florida – who have claimed responsibility for the campaign – said their goal is to draw attention to US President Joe Biden’s immigration policies amid the backdrop people flock to the country’s southern border with Mexico.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sent multiple buses to Washington, DC, including two abandon migrants near the home of Vice President Kamala Harris earlier this month. Other buses have gone to New York City and Chicago.
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also fly a group of about 50 Venezuelan asylum seekers, including several children, traveled from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, an affluent holiday island in Massachusetts, without warning.
Migration rights advocates have slam shut buses and flights as “political stunts” and “calculated efforts to further humanize [and] humiliate migrants”.
The Texas County Sheriff has opened a criminal investigation into flights to Martha’s Vineyard, say he believes asylum seekers “have been hunted”. The group was “unusually stuck… for nothing but a photo session,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Monday.
Meanwhile, volunteers and local community groups have rallied to support the families upon their arrival. In Chicago, a city site urge residents to donate items ranging from baby formula and diapers to cold-weather clothing, pajamas and shoes.
In a statement Thursday, New York City said the first relief center would open in Orchard Beach, in the city’s Bronx borough, for adults, while a second location was still being finalized. .
“Additional humanitarian relief centers could open in the coming weeks, if needed. All humanitarian relief centers will be expertly designed and built in safe, climate-controlled spaces,” the city said.
In response to the announcement, the Legal Aid Association and the Homeless Coalition, a New York City advocacy group, said they were “deeply concerned” that families with children could be lead to crowded environments”.
“This practice, which has been widely condemned for its detrimental and dangerous impact on this single vulnerable population, is prohibited by law,” the group said in a statement. statement.
“That said, we remain open to working with the City on a workable solution that meets New York’s legal and ethical obligations to provide safe and adequate shelter for all those living in the city. seek it, including asylum seekers.”