A bus with families of migrants arrived at Floyd Bennett Field Sunday. It was expected to be the first day the site was going to be open and house up to 2,000 migrants.
Officials were expecting 100 people in total making up 23 families. Shortly after this bus arrived, the migrants got back on the bus and left.
What You Need To Know
- Shorty after arriving at Floyd Bennett Field, migrants went back on the bus Sunday
- Migrants told NY1 through a translator they were coming from the Roosevelt Hotel
- A spokesperson for the mayor said, “We have used every possible corner of New York City and are quite simply out of good options to shelter migrants.” The city is also asking for help from the federal government
- Assembly Member Jamie Williams said the families were scared and did not know where they were going
Migrants told NY1 through a translator that they wanted to leave the site. They said they were taken to Floyd Bennett Field from the Roosevelt Hotel.
Assembly Member Jamie Williams represents the district where Floyd Bennett field is located.
“These families are scared, they were bussed in through the back not knowing where they were going,” Williams said.
After the bus left, Council Member Joann Ariola, who represents the adjoining district to Floyd Bennett Field, released this statement.
“I was at the site prior…I was notified that migrants were getting back on the bus and I called City Hall. I was told: ‘we are aware of what’s happening at Floyd Bennett.’ They were aware migrants weren’t happy with the location and were getting back on the bus. The location is not near school districts or transportation. City Hall noted they cannot force migrants to stay at Floyd Bennett Field, but once they’re back at the intake center, they would be told they were at the end of the line. It would be Floyd Bennett Field or nothing.”
Ariola and Williams are part of a lawsuit trying to shut down the site. Some of the concerns include the improper use of federal land and the challenging living conditions.
”This area is not amenable for living. This area is open to the elements. It is in a flood zone. It floods when we have a small amount of water, no less any type of climate event.” Ariola said. “This is a desert. There is really no way in or out without a car.”
A spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams said, “There are currently more than 65,600 migrants in the city’s care and we have used every possible corner of New York City and are quite simply out of good options to shelter migrants.” The city is also asking for help from the federal government.
Officials said the total rent for the site is $22 million that will be paid over a span of months.