Remember when it was fashionable for blue city elites to rant at border states for trying to cope with a mass invasion of illegal migrants? New York and D.C. panicked over fairly small numbers of migrants being sent in (mostly by Biden, despite Adams’ claims otherwise) and can’t seem to figure out where to house them. Or how to house them. Or how to cope with an inch of rain.
When Mayor Eric Adams was questioned about the wisdom of erecting a tent city for 1,000 migrants in a beach parking lot in the Bronx that is prone to flooding, he insisted it was the right choice.
“We looked at 50 locations and found the best location,” Mr. Adams said last Tuesday. Besides, he noted, “people live in flood zones.”
Then it rained a modest amount over the weekend — less than an inch — and the complex flooded, and the mayor decided on Monday that the Orchard Beach parking lot was not the best location after all.
And so the city says it will fold up its tents and move them to Randalls Island, a preserve of ball fields and hulking institutional buildings wedged between Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.
“While we would be able to put in place the necessary ponding mitigation measures, relocating the Orchard Beach humanitarian relief center to Randalls Island is the most efficient and effective path forward,” Mr. Adams said in a statement. “This new location is less prone to flooding, is closer to public transportation and will provide temporary respite to 500 asylum seekers.”
Just blame that inch o’rain on climate change and call them climate refugees. Isn’t that how it works?
Lefties meanwhile are outraged that “SLSCO, the Texas-based contractor chosen by city for site is the same contractor used by Trump to build the border wall.”
At a City Council hearing last week, officials claimed that asylum seekers would only stay for up to 96 hours at the so-called Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers. Housing and immigration advocates have criticized the plan — for which the mayor used photos in a press release of rows of orange cots lined side by side under tents as an example of what the site could look like — as potentially violating New York’s right-to-shelter law, which guarantees a shelter bed for anyone seeking one.
Where are those shelter beds supposed to come from? And the shelters themselves?
Now, remember, this is only about 13,000 or so migrants. Wait till it’s 75,000.
During an appearance on the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Power Jam internet radio station, Adams said the migrant influx was “up to 13,000 now.”
“And we could get anywhere from 50 to 75,” he said.
Of those only a few thousand were bused from Texas. Most were sent by Biden. And if NYC’s system is collapsing at 13,000, imagine 75,000 plus 2 inches of rain.
But any day now, AOC will tweet pictures of her crying outside the parking lot. Her crocodile tears should add a whole other inch.