New York City set up a tent city at Floyd Bennett Field to house around 2,000 illegal immigrants, but many residents were dissatisfied with the accommodations.
Democratic state Assembly member Jaime Williams expressed outrage over the matter, stating that families refused to stay at the site and demanded to be taken elsewhere.
The location was criticized for being isolated and lacking infrastructure. (Trending: Photos Released Of Cocaine Found In White House)
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Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney Stephanie Randolph likened it to a prison.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called for the immigrants to be housed elsewhere in the state, citing the strain on New York City’s resources.
“We weren’t told where we were going. I work in the Bronx. My kids go to school in the Bronx. For us to live out here is ridiculous. We’re going back,” one migrant stated.
“Families got off of the bus and saw the accommodations,” Williams said. “When they realized they wouldn’t be staying at a hotel, they refused to stay and demanded to be taken somewhere else. They were not told in advance that they would be going [to] a tent city.”
“No woman or children should be having to be bused around like this,” she expressed to the illegal immigrants.
“Let them know that this is not the place for you guys to be — in an isolated area.” (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)
“It’s not the ideal location for anyone to live. There’s no supermarket. There’s no infrastructure,” she said.
“Having your child in the southern end of Brooklyn here, when there is nothing, transit desert, is just not compatible,” she added.
“It’s isolated, it’s very reminiscent of sort of a prison,” Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney Stephanie Randolph stated.
“[I]f the city is offering no alternative to them, it’s leave New York City or go to Floyd Bennett Field,” she added.
“We really need the governor to realize the right to shelter is statewide and open up some spaces across the state. And we need the White House to help with a decompression strategy. When those things are not happening, you’re asking New York City to provide a national response, and we just don’t have the ability to do that,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said.
“With more than 65,600 migrants still currently in our care, and thousands more continuing to arrive every week, we have used every possible corner of New York City and are quite simply out of good options to shelter migrants,” Kayla Mamelak, a spokeswoman of the mayor said.
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