New York Governor Kathy Hochul gave the approval for migrants to be housed in a jail. The migrants did not do anything wrong, but the jail will be their temporary home as New York City has run out of housing facilities.
On Sunday, Governor Hochul gave approval for the Lincoln Correctional Facility to be used as the temporary housing facility for migrants.
The jail will house men and women only, children will be excluded and not housed in this facility.
The building can hold up to 500 people at a time and it is expected migrants will arrive within 48 hours.
A City spokesperson said:
"We're grateful to the state for providing this site and partnering with the city to open this space as a temporary site for asylum seekers as New York City continues to face this humanitarian crisis."
“We’ve had over 70,000 asylum seekers come through the city’s intake centers since last spring. And yet hundreds of asylum seekers continue to arrive in New York City every day.”
“We continue to need additional financial and operational support from our partners.”
Migrants will not live in jail cells as this building has been used in the past to hold the Young Women’s Hebrew Association and soldiers during World War II.
This summer the City plans to open 50 more migrant shelters. The first 10 shelters will open on July 1 until November.
Mayor Eric Adams has asked for support from Governor Hochul and this could help solve some of the hostile reactions Adams has been facing lately.
Since last year, New York City has received about 70,000 migrants who arrived. Some arrived from Texas Governor Abbott in the summer.
Do you think this will help Mayor Adams and some of the migrants for the time being?