‘Take Them Back’: Protest Forms in Front of NYC Migrant Shelter

QUEENS, NEW YORK - AUGUST 16: People attend a protest against the "tent city" for migrants at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center on August 16, 2023 in the Queens borough of New York City. The "tent city" meant for migrants opened on Tuesday and is expected to host about 1,000 migrants as …
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Protestors outside a former assisted living facility turned migrant shelter prevented illegal aliens from getting off a bus for several hours in New York City, New York, on Tuesday.

About ten protestors were arrested in Staten Island after a video showed them banging on bus windows and chanting, “Take them back,” preventing the migrants from entering the shelter, the Daily Mail reported.

A police officer at the scene suffered a knee injury when a protestor resisted arrest. 

The protest comes as New York City Major Eric Adams (D) faces a humanitarian crisis with 60,000 migrants in the city’s care. 

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Adams denounced the protest, calling it an “ugly display.”

“We cannot allow the numerical minority that’s showing [an] ugly display of how we deal with the crisis to be used as an example of what New Yorkers are doing,” Adams said. “I understand the frustration that New Yorkers are going through and understand the frustration that asylum seekers are experiencing as well.”

He warned the influx of migrants would cost the city $4 billion this year alone, equaling the city’s fire, parks, and sanitation budget. 

City officials expect the asylum seeker population to reach nearly 33,980 households this fiscal year. 

Adams said the city plans to cut services such as library hours, meals for senior citizens, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds in order to make room in the budget to accommodate migrants. 

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Mayor Adams has called on President Joe Biden to send aid for the city:

I am hoping that he understands this beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with $2 billion that we spent already, $5 billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12 billion in the next two budgetary cycles. New York doesn’t deserve this. The asylum seekers don’t deserve this.

The federal government has promised New York City $140 million in aid, but the city has yet to receive the federal funding.


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