A former New York Police Department (NYPD) training academy is being used to house hundreds of new illegal immigrants seeking asylum in New York, after the city reportedly reached its limit of available temporary migrant shelters .
Migrants reportedly began moving into the facility in the early hours of Friday morning, just days after Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, resumed sending illegal immigrant buses to Democratic-run sanctuary cities, including the Big Apple.
“Last night, hundreds of asylum seekers arrived in New York, after hundreds more had arrived the day before, and thousands more the days and week before. Once again, we are stepping up , in the absence of a national solution to this national crisis and come up with our own decompression strategy,” Fabien Levy, press secretary for Mayor Eric Adams, told Fox News Digital on Friday.
While the former NYPD facility would only provide temporary housing for asylum seekers, law enforcement sources have raised concerns about security as some officers are still using a firing range interior located inside the building where the migrants are staying, according to the New York Post.
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Asked about the security measures that would be taken at the academy-turned-immigrant shelter, an NYPD spokesperson told Fox News Digital that “the department has made available limited space at one of its facilities for a short period to help the city deal with this emergency”. . As this is a police station, we take all necessary measures to ensure security on site.
It’s unclear how long the migrants will reside at the old academy, but they are expected to stay for at least a week as the city scrambles to cope with the influx of migrants.
Levy reiterated Adams’ repeated calls for federal support to control the migrant crisis, saying activists are “taking advantage of city and state laws and luring them here with false promises,” as the city reaches the limit of shelters that can be opened in the city.
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“New York City alone opened 122 emergency shelters and eight large-scale humanitarian assistance centers in the past year. But we are now receiving reports that a network of activists are organizing mass arrivals of asylum seekers in New York by plane, bus and other modes of transport – taking advantage of city and state laws and luring them here. with false promises,” the mayor’s office told Fox.
Levy also revealed that with hundreds of new migrants arriving in New York this week, the city “has reached our limit of new shelters we could open. We currently have no choice but to temporarily house new arrivals in gyms.
The new placement adds to the growing list of New York City buildings, hotels and facilities that are being turned into migrant camps to house illegal immigrants at taxpayer expense.
Adams repeatedly calls the current situation a “crisis,” recently blaming “the irresponsibility of the White House” and “the Republican Party in Washington” for the roughly 60,000 illegal immigrants who have settled in the city.
“We’ve been asking for help for a year,” Levy told Fox. “And now, with Title 42 lifting next week, and with hundreds of asylum seekers already arriving in New York every day, we are more desperate than ever for support from the federal and state governments to quickly manage this crisis. .”
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According to a memo from the New York City Office of Management and Budget, the Big Apple alone is expected to already cut $4.2 billion in migrant-related costs by the end of fiscal year 2024, as she continues to appeal to the Biden administration for help.
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