FOX Business correspondent Madison Alworth provides insights into the ongoing migrant situation on ‘Special Report.’ A Venezuelan migrant shared his positive experience at a “migrant hotel” in the McCarren Play Center, located in New York City, shortly after Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency due to the escalating migrant crisis.
Miguel Mujica, a 39-year-old migrant, expressed his contentment with the treatment they receive at the facility. According to him, there are no restrictions on their activities, and he detailed a pleasant family outing to the pool. He emphasized that the pool is well-maintained and provided an enjoyable experience for them.
Mujica’s journey to the U.S. involved crossing the southern border into Texas with his family. He chose New York City due to the availability of shelters in the area. He disclosed that he earns a weekly income of $700 to $800, which amounts to approximately $40,000 annually. His work involves demolition and construction, and he acknowledged that his income remains untaxed as he works “under the table.”
Fox5 New York reported on plans to accommodate around 80 adult asylum seekers in a section of the recreation center. Authorities assured the public that access to the pool and fitness center will remain unaffected. Additional security measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
New York City lawmakers have expressed concern over the impact of the growing number of migrants, with Councilwoman Vickie Paladino emphasizing the adverse effects on residents’ quality of life. She described the situation as being “absolutely out of control.”
The city’s migrant crisis has escalated, with over 50,000 migrants currently residing in the shelter system. Mayor Adams’ declaration of a state of emergency underscores the city’s challenges in accommodating the influx of migrants. He emphasized the need for innovative solutions to manage the situation, including the possibility of localized strategies to address the lack of indoor space.
In June, New York lawmakers announced that the city secured $104.6 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support its Shelter and Services Program. Despite the mounting concerns, the mayor’s office has not provided a response to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. The situation continues to highlight the complexities and implications of the ongoing migrant crisis in the city.