A Venezuelan migrant informed The New York Post about his satisfactory stay at a "migrant hotel" situated at McCarren Play Center in New York City, not long after Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency due to the migrant situation.
Miguel Mujica, a 39-year-old migrant, shared with the Post, "They treat us very well." He further stated, "There’s nothing they stop us from doing."
In conversation with the Post, Mujica elaborated, "I brought my wife and children to the pool on Sunday, and there was no problem. We all swam between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.," adding, "It’s a very nice pool."
The Post revealed that Mujica and his family entered the U.S. by crossing "the southern border into Texas." For Mujica, New York City was appealing because "this is where the shelters are."
Mujica also disclosed to the Post that "he earns between $700 and 800 a week, or what would amount to a roughly $40,000 annual cash salary — untaxed" through "working under the table doing demolition and construction."
According to a report by Fox5 New York on Sunday, "roughly 80 adult asylum seekers will move into a wing of the recreation center. Officials say that public access to the pool and fitness center will not be impacted. Additional security is being brought in to ensure everyone is safe."
Local lawmakers in New York City are seeking assistance as migrants have begun resting on the sidewalks in midtown Manhattan. Councilwoman Vickie Paladino expressed her concern over the increasing numbers of illegal immigrants, stating that it's affecting the lives of New Yorkers and the situation is "absolutely out of control."
With over 50,000 migrants in its shelter system, New York City is facing one of the most publicized migrant crises on the East Coast. In August, Mayor Adams proclaimed that the city has "run out of room" for newcomers and even initiated a "state of emergency" to combat the problem.
In describing the city's next steps, Adams said, "Our next phase of this strategy, now that we have run out of room, we have to figure out how we're going to localize the inevitable that there's no more room indoors."
Adams further commented on the current situation, "Here's where we are right now. Yes, there were people sleeping in cooling vans. There were people along the sidewalk. We have to localize this madness. We have to figure out a way of how we don't have what's in other municipalities where you have tent cities all over the city."
In June, it was announced by New York lawmakers that the city would be allocated $104.6 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for its Shelter and Services Program.
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