NY Mayor Considers Hosting Migrants on Cruise Ships

New York, USA.- New York City Mayor Eric Adams is seriously considering housing migrants on cruise ships, a proposal advocates for the homeless have called insulting and alienating.

While the city struggles to find housing for a wave of undocumented immigrants, Adams defended the idea on Monday, saying the metropolis is looking for “creative ways” to address a “humanitarian crisis.”

He noted that the city would make an announcement once the plans were finalized. “We are not going to leave any stone unturned,” he told reporters.

Adams first mentioned the idea of ​​using cruise ships to house migrants in an interview on WCBS-TV.

“We’re looking at everything from the legality of using any kind of cruise ship for temporary accommodation. We’re looking at everything to see how we deal with this,” he said.

The Adams Administration has been working behind the scenes on the plan to use cruise ships, an idea former Mayor Michael Bloomberg considered in 2002 when he was struggling to respond to a homeless crisis, and was opposed by homeless advocates. at that moment.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Frank Carone, spoke with leaders of Norwegian Cruise Line, a major cruise company, to discuss the possibility of housing asylum seekers on one of its ships, according to someone familiar with the matter.

Carone stayed on one of the company’s cruise ships in Normandy, France, last month as part of the administration’s investigation, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Deborah Diamant, director of legal affairs for the Coalition for the Homeless, called the cruise idea insulting and said it raised concerns about people’s access to transportation, food and schools.

“He’s been pushing people to the margins, and he’s been pushing people out of sight. We’re pushing them so far out here on cruise ships, off the land and into the water,” he said.

The city has just started to see an increase in migrants. The city has said that more than 11,000 people have arrived from the border since May, many sent on buses by Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas.

Though many have somewhere to go, the population of the city’s main shelter system has risen 22 percent since mid-May to 56,000, an increase of 10,000 in four months. The shelter population grew by 1,500 from September 8-15 alone.

Thousands of migrants, most of them Venezuelans, have been coaxed onto buses and planes headed for Washington, New York, Chicago and even Martha’s Vineyard after making a perilous journey to the border.

Adams has publicly sparred with Abbott, criticizing his approach as inhumane and arguing that the Governor’s coordination with cities was making it difficult to address their needs.

Migrant dies in shelter

Adams also announced that a young migrant woman committed suicide at a shelter on Sunday. The Mayor called her death a tragedy and said the city would continue to offer mental health services to the undocumented.

He added that he could not provide any more information about the woman or the details of her death.

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