Hundreds Of New Yorkers Protest “Tent City”

( – The New York Times recently reported that almost 100,000 migrants have moved to New York City over the last nearly 18 months. A year ago, the city’s homeless shelters filled to the max, and officials have been struggling to figure out exactly what to do with the influx of people. In October 2022, Mayor Eric Adams deemed the situation an emergency and officially declared it as such, asking for federal and state funding to house the migrants.

On August 16, many New Yorkers took to the streets, unhappy about the city’s decision to temporarily house some of the migrants in a parking lot near several schools and a senior center. Tents were set up in Queens, just outside the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, welcoming as many as 1,000 single adult men. Protestors held signs that said things like “Americans over migrants” and “Eric Adams 1 Term Mayor.” They chanted “no tent city,” showing their opposition to the city’s solution.

According to the New York Post, police warned the protestors not to block traffic, but some refused to comply. Authorities arrested 13 people at the gathering — mainly for disorderly conduct — including former mayoral candidate and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa.

Some people in the area said they wouldn’t have an issue with the shelter if it was available to families instead of only men. Others were concerned about the impact on those living in the nearby neighborhoods. At a recent press conference, reporters asked NYC’s deputy mayor for Health and Human Services, Anne Williams-Isom, why the city didn’t choose other locations, rather than by a school and senior center. She answered that “everything is on the table” at this point.

Do you think the influx of migrants in New York City will cause problems for the residents who live there? Do you believe the city should stop housing migrants altogether?

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