New York City Mayor Eric Adams and City Council members have proposed a significant project, called the Mega Migrant Housing Plan, to accommodate 1,000 illegal immigrants in a vacant, five-story office building on Long Island. The structure, situated next to a railroad yard in Queens, is the city’s sixteenth large-scale migrant housing complex and has been recognized as a “humanitarian response and relief center.”
Four of the building’s five stories will be renovated for residential use, while the ground level will serve as a public meeting space.
To accommodate the influx of illegals, the city has taken over dozens of buildings, many of which were unoccupied or were originally for-profit hotels, and has roughly 206 smaller facilities. However, the building expenses of the shelters have cost the city millions of dollars, including the cost of updating the city’s heating, cooling, and water systems for safety reasons.
Before the illegals could move in, in one instance, the whole boiler room had to be reconstructed to meet building code requirements for an emergency escape. New stormwater drains and a new outside entry had to be constructed.
African illegal immigrants who crossed the southern U.S. border told New York videographer Leeroy Johnson that they were promised better lives and employment if they came to America and that they came because they wanted to send money home to their families. An essential factor in the border crisis, the urge to remit money home is a significant issue for the United States since it drains resources from the domestic economy.
Eric Adams, the Democratic mayor of New York, has warned that illegal immigrants will move into communities whether or not they welcome them and that this would destroy the city. He also pointed out that the flood of illegal immigrants is not simply coming from countries in South America.