New York City is offering one-way plane tickets to migrants who have arrived in the self-described “sanctuary” city as it struggles to deal with a migrant crisis it says is overwhelming its capacity.
The city is opening a “re ticketing center” for migrants, where a spokesperson said the city will “redouble efforts to purchase tickets for migrants” who are seeking to travel elsewhere.
The city has already been helping migrants to travel out of the city for over a year. In June, data from Politico showed that the Big Apple spent approximately $50,000 in a one-year period to resettle dozens of migrants in different parts of the U.S. as well as other countries, including South American nations and even China. But this new center is an additional effort to shift migrants out of the city.
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, on Oct. 7, 2023. (Chepa Beltran/Long Visual Press/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
“As we have said repeatedly, with more than 133,400 asylum seekers that have come through our city asking for shelter since the spring of 2022, New York City is far past its breaking point,” a spokesperson said. “For months, Mayor Adams has warned that without substantive help from our state and federal partners, this crisis could begin to play out on city streets.”
“We have opened more than 210 emergency shelters in response to this crisis, and simply put, we’re out of space,” they said.
The spokesperson said the reticketing center will also help the city triage operations for new arrivals at the Roosevelt Hotel, which has been repurposed into a shelter for migrants and saw migrants camped out on the streets around it earlier this year.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, left. Migrants await registration outside the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. (Fox News)
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