New York City Mayor Eric Adams is trying to end the ongoing immigration issue in his state because of President Joe Biden’s border policies.
As many illegal immigrants reach New York City, Adams has decided to relocate them from the “sanctuary city” to a hotel in Rockland County.
Adams recently announced that his office is preparing to temporarily house up to 300 illegal immigrants at two hotels in Orange Lake and Orangeburg. The situation has cost his city approximately $4 million a day.
“This new, voluntary program will provide asylum seekers with temporary housing, access to services, and connections to local communities as they build a stable life in New York state,” Adams said.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the city will ship willing migrants to other neighboring New York communities ahead of a surge of migrants expected to arrive in the city following the expiration of Title 42. https://t.co/wn4Ww3rx1H
— CNN (@CNN) May 6, 2023
Orange Lake is a community in upstate New York with a population of over 10,000 people, according to the 2021 census. Orangeburg is a community in the town of Orangetown, where close to 5,000 people live.
Adams noted that despite his calls for the federal government to adopt a “decompression strategy” regarding the immigration crisis in New York City, he must now “undertake” his strategy, saying that his city has been left without the support to manage the situation.
Several officials said they “would not stand” by Adams’ decision to house the migrants, arguing that the suburbs don’t have the equipment for his plan.
“I agree that this calls for a Federal, not a local solution… to send these people to a location that is not equipped to meet their needs, is a betrayal of that often-expressed desire by NYC to be a sanctuary for them,” Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny said.
Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) criticized Adams over his housing plan, saying, “Rockland County is not a sanctuary county, unlike New York City and its boroughs, and should not bear the costs associated with the Biden administration’s abject failure on border security and immigration policy.”
Lawler suggested that the increase in immigrants “may send [the city] under,” adding that he opposes shifting Biden’s border crisis to other communities that are not in a position to handle it.
According to Townhall, New York City has seen 60,800 illegal migrants since 2022, with currently 37,500 receiving housing. The city has opened over 120 hotels to use as emergency shelters while using eight of them as humanitarian relief centers.