Migrant Surge in New York City Continues, Officials Seek State and Federal Support

More than 3,000 migrants arrived in New York City in the past week, indicating that the influx of asylum seekers shows no signs of slowing down. City officials are urging the state and federal government for additional support to address the housing and financial challenges posed by the estimated $12 billion cost.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom emphasized the need for sustained and coordinated assistance, stating that without it, the city will struggle to keep up with the rising numbers of asylum seekers. As of Sunday, there were 59,300 migrants in the city’s care across 206 sites, including 15 mega-shelters operated by the public hospitals corporation.

Acknowledging some progress, Williams-Isom noted that additional funding is necessary to manage the influx effectively. She highlighted the relocation of hundreds of single migrants to state-supported sites at Creedmoor in Queens and on Randall’s Island. However, the city still requires more financial support from the state and federal government.

City officials welcomed a potential deal between Governor Kathy Hochul and federal authorities to convert Floyd Bennett Field into an emergency shelter site. While the deal represents a significant step forward, the process of establishing the site will take several more weeks.

Ted Long, a senior official with the city’s hospital system, reiterated the administration’s plea for work authorization for migrants. Granting work authorization would allow them to earn the necessary funds to protect and reunite with their families.

Overall, New York City continues to experience a significant influx of asylum seekers, with more than 104,400 arrivals since last spring. The city urgently requires state and federal support to manage the situation effectively and provide adequate resources and services for migrants.