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USA: NYC grapples with migrant crisis as hundreds sleep outside Roosevelt Hotel

Hundreds seek shelter, Mayor urges national response


Migrant Crisis Deepens as Hundreds Sleep Outside NYC's Roosevelt Hotel for Second Day

New York City is grappling with an escalating migrant crisis as hundreds of asylum seekers from South American and African countries camp outside the Roosevelt Hotel for a second consecutive day. The hotel, one of several emergency centers, is at capacity, forcing many migrants to sleep on the streets, braving the city's heat and uncertainties.

New York is bound by a decades-old consent decree in a class-action lawsuit to provide shelter for those without homes.

The immense number of migrants arriving from southern states continues to rise, with policies causing thousands of asylum seekers to overrun the US-Mexico border. New York City is currently housing over 56,000 migrants across around 200 makeshift sites, and thousands more are in the city's shelter system. However, buses continue to arrive weekly, transporting more people from the border.

The Roosevelt Hotel, which had been shuttered three years ago, is now one of several hotels transformed into emergency centers to accommodate the influx of migrants. The hotel's location, within walking distance from iconic landmarks like Times Square, the World Trade Center memorial site, and the Empire State Building, makes it an attractive destination for those seeking refuge.

Over the weekend, migrants received small red tickets with numbers on them, with hotel workers occasionally calling out numbers to allow some inside the air-conditioned lobby. Unfortunately, many others were left waiting outside in the New York City heat, unable to access the hotel's facilities.

The diverse group of desperate migrants seeking refuge at the hotel speaks a variety of languages, including Spanish, French, and Arabic. Among them is Mahmouth, a migrant from Diungame in Senegal, who has been waiting on the streets of New York City for five days, desperately searching for a place to rest.

Savi Khalil from Mauritania arrived in New York two months ago, was transferred to Ohio, and then moved back to the city. After being evicted from the Magma Hotel in Queens, he now hopes to secure a spot at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Troy Vargas, an arrival from Venezuela, describes New York City as "beautiful" and expresses his dream of working there. He is one of many migrants eager to work and learn in the United States.

The situation at the Roosevelt Hotel reflects a broader challenge in the city, with over 93,000 asylum seekers passing through the intake system since April 2022. Some of the migrants have been bused from states like Florida and Texas, with conservative governments arguing that progressive cities should share the burden.

In response, NYC Mayor Eric Adams has taken action, sending migrants to red states and even as far as South America and China. He has allocated significant funds and opened 174 emergency shelters and intake centers. Despite these efforts, Adams emphasizes that the crisis demands a national solution and calls for federal assistance.

The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless have criticized the city's response, claiming that the migrants' plight violates court orders and local laws. They threaten legal action if the city fails to swiftly provide appropriate shelter placements.

As the migrant crisis continues to unfold in New York City, Mayor Adams remains committed to finding sustainable solutions, but the challenges persist, and the urgent need for collaboration and support at the federal level remains undeniable.

[Article sourced from Daily Mail]

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