(UnitedVoice.com) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has shipped thousands of undocumented immigrants to New York City for months. When Border Patrol releases them from custody, the governor offers them rides to the cities and states that have claimed they are sanctuaries. The Big Apple has now run out of room in its shelters, and officials are thinking about putting new waves of migrants in an infamous prison.
City officials recently toured Rikers Island. They are reportedly considering the notorious jail as one of the places where they could house the illegal immigrants. Almost half of the hotel rooms the city has contracted are full, and Abbott seems intent on continuing the relocation program.
A source told the New York Post that the island would be a “last-ditch site” to hold the migrants. Mayor Eric Adams (D) has defended the possibility, saying it would be worse if the immigrants were sleeping on the streets.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) defends not ruling out sheltering migrants at Rikers Island, the jail facility plagued by safety problems and inhumane conditions:
“You tell me where we should go, then … The worst optic we could have is for a family to sleep on our streets.” pic.twitter.com/S4xLe2a6RF
— The Recount (@therecount) May 17, 2023
For now, the situation isn’t quite that dire. There’s another plan to send about 100 migrants to SUNY Sullivan, a college campus. SUNY Oswego and SUNY Geneseo are also being considered, but not everyone is on board with that plan.
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) said sending the migrants to college campuses was a “misguided decision.” She said that without health screenings, vetting, and other critical information, officials have no idea who those migrants really are.
Rikers has housed some of the most notorious prisoners in history. David Berkowitz, also known as the serial killer the Son of Sam, spent time in the facility. So did John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman, rappers Tupac Shakur and DMX, and many others, including various mobsters. It’s also been the target of many complaints over the years.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to close Rikers when he was in office. Mayor Eric Adams has supported the plan, but it’s not expected to happen until 2027. That leaves officials with plenty of time to house migrants there if the need arises.
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