Monday, June 26, 2023

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Called Out for Risking ‘Security Threat’ by Housing Migrants at JFK Airport; Roughly 200 Migrants at JFK Warehouse Begin Adjustment to NYC Life

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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Called Out for Risking ‘Security Threat’ by Housing Migrants at JFK Airport:
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has started housing hundreds of newly arrived border crossers and illegal aliens at a warehouse on the grounds of John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. Now, Republican lawmakers are calling him out for risking national security.
Since the spring of last year, New York City has been inundated with more than 74,000 border crossers and illegal aliens arriving in the sanctuary city — leaving officials scrambling with how and where to house the new arrivals.
Late last week, with approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port Authority, Adams opened a warehouse at JFK Airport to about 200 border crossers and illegal aliens.
Adams is hoping to eventually house up to 1,000 border crossers and illegal aliens at the warehouse. Those staying at the warehouse are allowed to leave the premises whenever they want.
In response, Reps. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Marc Molinaro (R-NY), Nick LaLota (R-NY), Nick Langworthy (R-NY), Mike Lawler (R-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Brandon Williams (R-NY) sent a letter to FAA officials demanding they reverse their approval of the migrant shelter at JFK Airport. --->READ MORE HERE
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Roughly 200 migrants at JFK warehouse begin adjustment to NYC life0
Mauritanian migrant Ismail Mohamed said he was way too tired last night to hear planes roaring overhead as he slept at an old warehouse on JFK Airport property, the city’s latest shelter option for a continued influx of migrants.
Typing out his thoughts on a translator app from his native Arabic, Mohamed, 32, said he was surprised by the location of the shelter. The city brought him there after a brief, 24-hour stint in an overflowing hotel, he recounted.
“I did not think that I would be near the airport, but there are many arrivals, and that’s why it is difficult to find a good place,” he wrote.
The shelter opened as the city struggles to accommodate tens of thousands of newcomers, many of whom crossed the southern border into the U.S. in an attempt to flee violence and poverty back home. Unlike immigration trends of the past, many of the recent migrants are arriving without any contacts or sponsors in the Big Apple. Some Republican governors of southern states have even coordinated migrants’ relocation to New York and other northern, Democratic cities as a way of sending a message about the border policies.
Despite the odd location — not far from air traffic, cargo warehouses, and even a mail facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection — Mohamed said the shelter has a “good atmosphere” and has provided the migrants with food and showers. He estimates there are somewhere around 200 men currently at the warehouse, but said it is hard to tell.
He spoke to Gothamist after boarding a Q6 bus with a friend, bound for Jamaica station. He said was hoping to head into Manhattan to buy a jacket and shoes. --->READ MORE HERE
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