Democrat New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said college campuses in the state’s university system will be offered as emergency shelters for illegal immigrants in New York City.
What are the details?
“We are looking at all state assets to help ameliorate the problem that is at a crisis level here in the city of New York, so yes, SUNY campuses are part of the inventory of what we’re looking at,” Hochul said during a Wednesday press conference.
According to WABC-TV, she added that “we are looking at many SUNY campuses right now. And again, there’s a sense of urgency. So we’ll be announcing very soon an offering to [New York City Mayor Eric Adams] which sites. We have to make sure that they will work, the timing works, the students are gone. And then we’ll be able to talk to the mayor and his team about what use they want to have.”
The station said Hochul wouldn’t confirm whether the emergency shelter locations include Buffalo, Stony Brook, and Albany. WABC said Buffalo and Stony Brook are in counties that are not under states of emergency related to the migrant crisis, but the station noted that Albany officials on Tuesday did declare a state of emergency.
The station added that New York City “is now temporarily housing asylum-seekers in several respite centers which have been popping up around the city with little notice to their surrounding communities.”
New York City officials said more than 41,000 migrants are being housed in more than 150 city hotels, WABC reported, and they are struggling to find hotels willing to take in migrants.
Adams said federal aid from the Biden administration isn’t helping much to offset the city’s costs amid the crisis, the station said.
“We’ve spent over $1 billion. We’re projected to spend close to $4.3 billion, if not more. When you look at the price tag, $30 million comes nowhere near what this city is paying for a national problem,” Adams said, according to WABC.
Some SUNY schools may soon be used to house migrants
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