New York City has recently taken new measures to provide plane tickets for migrants after finding out the city is out of space. Here’s the whole story.
The Breaking Point
For over a year, New York City has been helping migrants in their efforts to relocate beyond the city’s limits.
With more than 133,400 asylum seekers arriving in New York City since the spring of 2022, officials shared that the city has far surpassed its capacity.
Crisis Could Begin to Play Out on City Streets
A city spokesperson explained the urgency of the situation, saying, “For months, Mayor Adams has warned that without substantive help from our state and federal partners, this crisis could begin to play out on city streets.”
Out of Space
“We have opened more than 210 emergency shelters in response to this crisis, and simply put, we’re out of space,” the spokesperson added.
The “Sanctuary” City
In response to this crisis, New York City has initiated a program to provide one-way plane tickets to migrants who have arrived in the “sanctuary” city.
Politico data from June revealed that the city spent approximately $50,000 in a one-year period to resettle numerous migrants in various parts of the United States, as well as other countries, including South American nations and even China.
The Reticketing Center
The newly established reticketing center will assist in securing plane tickets for migrants looking to relocate elsewhere.
Additionally, the center will support other operations for new arrivals at the Roosevelt Hotel, which has been repurposed into a shelter for migrants.
The Recent Strategy
Providing one-way plane tickets is the latest measure in a series of steps taken by the city to cope with the influx of migrants.
In July, New York City introduced posters cautioning migrants that “there is no guarantee we will be able to provide shelter and services to new arrivals.”
Housing in NYC Is Very Expensive
These posters also said, “Housing in NYC is very expensive. The cost of food, transportation, and other necessities in NYC is the highest in the United States.”
Notices to Leave Shelters
In an effort to free up shelter space, the city has started issuing adult migrants 30 and 60-day notices to vacate shelters.
Still in Shelter System
As of October 22, approximately 13,500 migrants had received 60-day notices, and more than 6,500 had received 30-day notices.
Significantly, less than 20% of those who exceeded these time limits are in the shelter system.
Mayor Adams has spoken about the crisis, frequently calling for a “decompression strategy” from the federal government.
He has clashed with the Biden administration over the handling of the situation.
Social Media Users Shared Their Views
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One YouTube user wrote, “I thought you were a sanctuary city? Think about what Texas and Arizona are going through. Hypocrite.”
People Would Appreciate
Another user added, “I bet all those homeless people in NYC would appreciate a ticket to Florida with winter coming on soon!”
Taxpayers Cannot Afford Them
A third user commented, “Send them home. The weather is too cold, and the Taxpayers cannot afford them. Biden should be brought up on charges for opening his mouth for coming here, which includes helping them. Churches should only help them in their home country and encourage them to stay home.”
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