New York City officials scramble to find shelter for thousands of asylum seekers arriving by bus

NEW YORK — As Mayor Eric Adams floats the idea of using cruise ships to house thousands of migrants Bused to New York, officials are scrambling to find shelter for asylum seekers after seven more buses arrived on Friday.

In recent months, the city has seen an unprecedented number of new arrivals – more than 11,000. More than 8,000 are currently in the shelter system, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported on Saturday.

It all started with a bus arriving a few days a week. Today, up to eight buses drop off migrants daily at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

A man who came from Venezuela with his wife and family told us that his journey was difficult. In Spanish he said “Thank God I’m here.”

While many families were relieved to finally arrive, the city is struggling to manage them all.

“We opened 23 emergency shelters,” Adams said.

In an exclusive interview on “The Point with Marcia Kramer,” the mayor said the city will need to open 38 more shelters, and mentioned the possibility of using ships.

“We review everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship to temporary accommodation,” Adams said.

How feasible would this be?

“It’s something that previous administrations, the Bloomberg administration, as I understand it, they looked at that during the wave and so we’re looking at that as a temporary measure,” Adams said.

Meanwhile, the struggle to house migrants becomes a national problem. Four dozen migrants who landed on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday voluntarily left the island by ferry.

Elieser Perche, 28, who came from Venezuela with his parents, said he hopes to find work and a better life for his family.

In addition to shelters, New York City has also opened a resource navigation center for asylum seekers. Services include school registration and health care.

You can watch more of the interview with Mayor Adams on “The Point with Marcia Kramer” Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on CBS2, right after “Face the Nation.” An additional interview with the mayor will air on CBS News New York.


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