Migrant tents at Orchard Beach could be ready as early as next week, officials say
Construction could be finished as early as next week on the migrant relief center coming to the Bronx.
The Office of Emergency Management commissioner says that the National Guard will be present as soon as centers open sometime next week. There will be five temperature-controlled tents in total to house around 1,000 migrants.
Mayor Eric Adams has said the relief center is a short-term solution to the influx of asylum seekers who have come to the Big Apple.
Many of those migrants have come from states like Texas and Florida, where the governors oppose President Joe Biden's immigration policies and began busing migrants to places like New York City and Washington, D.C.
Some residents on City Island say they don’t think Orchard Beach is the right place to house the asylum seekers, partly because of its remote location. Additionally, they have concerns about safety and how this center will affect access to the beach and park.
Neighbors say there are a lot of logistical questions that remain unanswered.
The center will be for single adults only, but a second location that will house children is expected to open soon. There is no word yet on where that will be.