NYC relocates some Manhattan asylum seekers to temporary shelters

Migrants gather outside of the Roosevelt Hotel where dozens of recently arrived migrants have been camping out as they try to secure temporary housing on August 02, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

The scene outside the Roosevelt Hotel was drastically changed Friday as the sidewalk, once filled with dozens of asylum seekers waiting overnight to be processed inside, is now cleared. 

The New York City Council has announced its decision to move dozens of adult asylum seekers to temporary shelters at the McCarren Recreation Center and the Sunset Park Recreation Center in Brooklyn.

The move comes as safe spaces designated for asylum seekers are reaching full capacity, leaving the city with the challenge of finding suitable housing for those seeking refuge. 

"The city is obviously having a hard time housing migrants, and we need to welcome them into the community," said city councilmember Lincoln Restler.


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