Illegal aliens are protesting the decision to relocate them from their current accommodation to a shelter
FILE PHOTO. © Yuki IWAMURA / AFP
New York City’s efforts to cope with an influx of illegal aliens bussed to the Big Apple from border states have hit a snag. Some of the migrants are refusing to be moved to a newly prepared shelter in Brooklyn after apparently preferring their free stay at a Manhattan hotel.
Dozens of migrants who had been relocated to a converted cruise boat terminal protested the decision by returning to Manhattan’s Watson Hotel and camping outside their original lodgings on Sunday night. Office workers passing by the scene on Monday morning found the sidewalk partially blocked by tents and protesters sleeping in the open. A sign was hung on the scaffolding, saying “permanent homes” in Spanish and “cancel rent” in English.
The 1,000-person shelter at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was set up to accommodate single adult men, making room for migrant families at hotels and other temporary housing. Protesters complained that living conditions at the barracks-style shelter were unacceptable, including inadequate heating and a lack of privacy.