A state of emergency was declared in Rockland County in an attempt to block a local hotel from sheltering migrants.
"Rockland is not going to stand idly by while your administration, which boasts itself as a sanctuary city, diverts busloads of undocumented immigrants to our county," Rockland County Executive Ed Day said at a news conference on Monday morning.
What You Need To Know
- Rockland County officials on Monday called Mayor Eric Adams' plan to voluntarily bus migrants to Orangeburg "unacceptable" and "reckless"
- Local officials have declared a state of emergency that prohibits hotels and motels, like the Armoni, from housing migrants without a permit
- The city has received over 60,000 migrants, and over 37,000 remain in the city's care
As part of Rockland's state of emergency, hotels and motels would be prohibited from engaging in any agreement to house migrants without a permit.
Those in violation would be fined $2,000 per day per migrant.
"It's not fair to them. There is no mass transportation. They're on Route 303 next to residential houses. What do they expect these individuals to do in Orangeburg?" Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny said.
As of Monday, no migrants had arrived in the town of Orangeburg, which is about 30 minutes north of the city. Adams announced on Friday a plan to send hundreds of asylum-seekers to two hotels north of the city for up to four months as the five boroughs try to cope with a surge of arrivals.
The Armoni hotel that is expected to serve as a shelter is close to a main throughfare and a small shopping strip. it isunclear how migrants would get around or where they would work.
Mayor Adams' press secretary told NY1 that the city’s plan remains unchanged even in the face of local backlash.
In the meantime, some local residents are welcoming the migrants.
Many told NY1 the county has space and they are willing to do their part.
"We have to take pressure off the city at this point and find a place to house these people so they're comfortable," local resident Dirk Snowden said.
Another local resident, Katie Berry, who helps run a food kitchen in Nyack, said residents are looking to help, but worry there might not be enough to go around.
"Geographically as these men ripple out, Nyack is going to be one of their first stops just not just because it's close, but because we're known for being generous there and we want to continue to be generous and we’re talking about how do we do this well with people who are desperate," Berry said.
The plan comes as the city is reaching capacity and has had to recently turn a former NYPD academy into a place to house migrants.
So far, New York City has received more than 60,000 asylum seekers with more than 37,000 currently in the city’s care.
Meanwhile, Title 42, a pandemic-era immigration restriction, is expected to end on Thursday, potentially further straining the city resources and shelter system.