New York City considers using cruise ships as temporary housing for migrants

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams faces opposition to some plans the city is considering to accommodate newly arrived migrants.

They come to America in search of stability, but many are instead shifted from city to city.

At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a woman begged not to be moved again after being put on a bus from El Paso, Texas, without her family.

homethe unprecedented wave of more than 11,000 migrants in recent monthson TBEN’s weekly political show The pointthe mayor told reporter Marica Kramer he is considering using cruise ships as temporary accommodation.

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“We’re looking at everything to see how we’re dealing with this,” Adams said.

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Sources told TBEN that the mayor’s chief of staff has already spoken to Norwegian Cruise Line leaders and even stayed on one of the company’s ships in France for research purposes last month.

However, proponents of the homeless are against the idea.

“We want to make sure that people have access to transport, and that their children can go to school, and that if they have work permits, they can get a job. And it all becomes much more challenging when people are literally taken care of on the fringes of the world. city,” Jacquelyn Simone, policy director for Coalition for the Homeless, told TBEN’s Christina Fan on Monday.

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Practical concerns aside, Simone says the option of protecting migrants from view is negative.

“We need to invest in what we know works and that is permanent affordable housing as well as quality shelters,” Simone said.

In 2002, the Bloomberg administration came up with a similar idea to use out-of-service cruise ships as accommodation for the city’s more than 37,000 homeless people. However, the plan was eventually scrapped due to criticism.

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When asked Monday, Mayor Adams said, “We will leave no stone unturned. Once we finalize our plans, we will announce it.”