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New York City officials are considering housing illegal immigrants in iconic Central Park, as local politicians said all options are "on the table" as the city attempts to deal with thousands of newcomers each week.
As reported by TimCast, New York City Mayor Eric Adams already said that "from this moment on, it's downhill. There is no more room," while his office acknowledged that more than 95,000 migrants have arrived in since spring 2022.
With hotels at capacity, hundreds of migrants have been seen sleeping on city sidewalks, often on pieces of cardboard, littering the streets with trash and clothing in what look like extremely inhumane conditions.
“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.
Williams-Isom added that "the system is at a breaking point" in response to questions about housing the migrants in parks.
Outlets are in a frenzy as more and more information leaks about the city's alleged plans. The Gothamist reported that the city is looking to erect tents in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Randalls Island, where officials opened a tent facility in a parking lot in autumn of 2022.
The information came from a source who reportedly was briefed on the plan, but wanted to remain anonymous.
The New York Daily News also reported on Randalls Island; the outlet stated it learned that there was a plan to house migrants on soccer fields, which reportedly prompted outrage from local stakeholders whose facilities would become unavailable.
City officials would reportedly not give a time frame for the relocation to city parks or say who is developing a plan.
The deputy mayor stated that 2,100 migrants are arriving in the city per week, which prompted mockery from Senator Ted Cruz.
"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….)," he wrote on Twitter.
In May 2023, New York City enacted a "Homeless Bill of Rights" which includes the explicit right to sleep outdoors in public places, the right to complain about shelter accommodations without repercussion, and the right to be assigned to a space that corresponds to one's gender identity.
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