Friday, January 27, 2023

NYC to open new migrant shelter at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

what to know

  • The Brooklyn cruise ship terminal will be converted into a temporary shelter for migrants being sent across the border to New York City.
  • The new shelter and humanitarian aid center is the fifth that the city has opened since May, but there are some that have already closed.
  • Its first occupants will move from another aid center to a hotel that will later house asylum-seeking families but with children.

New York – The Brooklyn cruise ship terminal will be converted into a temporary shelter for migrants being sent across the border to New York City.

Mayor Eric Adams has said that without federal help, the American dream of asylum-seeking immigrants will become a veritable nightmare.

The new shelter and humanitarian aid center is the fifth the city has opened since May, but there are some that have already closed.

One thousand single asylum seekers will be given food, accommodation and medical care at the shelter. Its first occupants will move from another aid center to a hotel that will later house asylum-seeking families but with children.

Community and religious leaders gathered at City Hall Square on Saturday, joining Mayor Eric Adams to plead for urgent federal help.

Adams said lawmakers in Washington, D.C. must act now to address the crisis and thanked New York’s congressmen who have managed $8 million from FEMA.

According to official figures, the number of migrants seeking asylum has exceeded 41,000 since last May. Some 28,000 of them are in aid centers in the city.

Once the Humanitarian Relief and Assistance Center is ready at the Brooklyn Harbor Cruise Terminal, it will accommodate 1,000 male asylum seekers. As of now, the city has not given a firm date for its opening.

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