The Biden administration has provided NYC Mayor Eric Adams with a list of 11 federally owned sites that may host New York’s 60,000 asylum applicants, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
The majority of the locations mentioned by the US Department of Homeland Security are located outside of the Big Apple, such as Atlantic City, in adjacent New Jersey, as well as Stewart International Airport, a tiny airport in the Hudson Valley that is commonly used by private aircraft owners.
Another suggested location is Massena International Airport, which lies in isolated St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border, 588 miles (365 km) from the metropolis. It normally serves as a Canadian port of entry for US Customs.
For months Mayor Adams has been openly criticizing the Biden administration for refusing to assist the city with the logistics and finances of caring for the migration crisis. Over the past one year and a half, City Hall has established more than 200 temporary shelters in commercial hotels, office buildings, and temporary tent structures at municipal- and state-run institutions for more than 50,000 asylum seekers.
Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul repeatedly called on the White House to formally declare a state of emergency, which would make federal funding available for managing the crisis, and to give some of the migrants temporary protected status, which would speed up the process of allowing them to work legally in the US.
Recent estimates from city authorities put the price tag during the three-year period ending in July 2025 as high as $12 billion.