NYC now uses 14 hotels to house migrants amid continued increase
The continued influx of migrants into the Big Apple has forced the city to strike emergency deals with 14 hotels as the shelter system is overwhelmed amid President Biden’s border crisis.
Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro revealed the stunning total at a press conference at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, where five buses arrived Thursday carrying migrants relocated by the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, which is Wednesday’s record number of buses.
City hall opened the 14th hotel on Thursday, up from 11 about two weeks ago, an official familiar with the matter told The Post.
In another stunning acknowledgment of the city’s inability to deal with the situation, Castro said Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul have appealed to officials from other states to help house the migrants.
“Unlike Governor Abbott, our mayor and governor are showing real leadership by actively coordinating with the White House, the federal government and governors across the country and mayors across the country to see how we can work together to address the need to resettle asylum-seekers,” he said.
Castro did not identify any of the city and state leaders who were contacted, and neither City Hall nor Hochul’s office immediately responded to requests for comment.
But a source with knowledge of Adams’ efforts said he contacted the United States Conference of Mayors for help.
Since May, more than 6,000 migrants have sought refuge in the city, including at least 750 on buses Abbott said he began sending here earlier this month, officials said.
Abbott’s decision came after he began relocating migrants to Washington, D.C., in April to protest what he calls President Biden’s “irresponsible open border policies” and their impact on the Lone Star State. .
On Wednesday, workers on a bus were seen scanning barcodes on wristbands worn by the migrants, then slitting their wrists as they disembarked, prompting city officials to spy on them. ask about the purpose.
An Abbott spokesperson on Thursday called the wristbands “standard protocol for voluntary transportation by the Texas Division of Emergency Management” and said they had “been used during natural disasters such as hurricanes when they needed to get people to safety.”
“This process also helps to ensure that we only transport migrants who have been processed and released by the federal government with federal documents allowing them to move around the country,” said press secretary Renae Eze.
The number of migrants apprehended entering the United States from Mexico is on track to hit a record high of more than 2 million by the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30.
City hall declined to say how much is being spent on housing migrants in hotels, but a Post analysis this week found the annual cost could top $300 million, based on the average daily rate of $148 a day. he paid under a $139 million contract last year.
Last week, the city said it was looking to rent 5,000 rooms. On Thursday, City Hall confirmed that it no longer plans to house some 600 families at the Row NYC Hotel near Times Square.
Thursday’s buses carried 223 migrants, according to the mayor’s office of immigration affairs.
The passengers included several women carrying infants swaddled in blankets and a portly man who had to be helped off a bus and into a bright yellow wheelchair by an FDNY paramedic.
It was unclear what the man was suffering from, who wore a cardboard crown but no shoes.
He told a reporter he was from Colombia and gave a thumbs up before being taken away.
The man was followed off the bus by a little girl with a long braid who was carrying a pillow and a stuffed animal, and who appeared to be the youngest of several siblings, including a tall teenager.
Additional reporting by Zach Williams