Recent reports have revealed that the number of illegal immigrants entering New York City has skyrocketed, with an estimated 95,000 migrants arriving since spring 2022.
This influx has caused a great strain on the city’s resources and funds, leaving officials scrambling to find ways to accommodate all of these newcomers.
To this end, some politicians have proposed an unconventional solution – housing illegal immigrants in Central Park.
This idea has been met with considerable pushback from both residents and news organizations alike. Mayor Eric Adams stated plainly that “from this moment on, it’s downhill. There is no more room” when discussing the overcrowding issue facing NYC today.
Despite his statement, local politicians remain adamant that all options are still “on the table” for finding viable solutions to the crisis at hand.
“Everything is on the table,” Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom said Wednesday at a press conference, according to Bloomberg.
The city is reportedly looking at 3,000 locations for possible housing relief.
Hundreds of migrants have already been seen sleeping on city sidewalks due to a lack of space in public accommodations such as hotels and shelters – oftentimes on pieces of cardboard or other makeshift bedding materials – creating extremely unsanitary conditions throughout certain areas across NYC.
There is also concern over how much money would be needed to fund such large-scale housing projects inside one of New York City’s most iconic parks, given its already limited financial resources for existing programs like healthcare and education initiatives for citizens within its borders.
According to The Gothamist, the tent facility is expected to be up and running by autumn of 2022. This information came from a source who wanted to remain anonymous after being briefed on the plan.
The New York Daily News reported that soccer fields on Randalls Island would be used as housing for migrants, a plan which caused local stakeholders to become outraged because their facilities would no longer be available.
When asked for more details such as a time frame for relocation or who was developing this plan, city officials remained tight-lipped.
This has prompted Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson to make public statements regarding the influx of 2,100 migrants per week into New York City.
Ted Cruz responded on Twitter:
“Come to South Texas. We’d LOVE to have only 2100 per week. (At over 7m under Biden, we’re looking at over 50,000 per week…..)