Rally held at Orchard Beach in protest of migrant relief centers

A rally was held in the Bronx on Saturday to protest the city’s plan to handle the surge of asylum seekers.

News 12 Staff

Oct 1, 2022, 1:44 PM

Updated 652 days ago

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A rally was held in the Bronx on Saturday to protest the city’s plan to handle the surge of asylum seekers.
The Office of Emergency Management says the centers at the Orchard Beach parking lot are set to open next week, with the ability to house around 1,000 migrants.
Tina Forte, the Republican running against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District, organized the rally to protest the establishment of the emergency relief center.
Forte told News 12, “I'm declaring October adopt an illegal immigrant day, so Democrats line up, pull up in your car and take one home to your house.”
The candidate was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 but has said she did not participate in any illegality.
New York City Council members questioned the cost of setting up the tents and whether or not they'll meet the city's right to shelter requirement at a hearing on Friday.
Some City Island residents told News 12 they have concerns if the tents are safe enough to house people.
“It's totally inhumane...farm animals have better housing than this,” says Robert Carmody.
City Island resident Eric Diaz says the rain on Saturday morning displayed how the area is unfit to be used as a relief center.
“There's flooding all in the parking lot, and we just had a little bit of rain," he says. "This is unfair, there are other alternatives. When there was COVID, Gov. Cuomo used the Jacob Javits Center. Why is this center not being used for the migrants in a more humane sense?”
The site is planned to offer bus services that will run 20 hours a day to connect the asylum seekers to public transportation. It is unknown how long it will stay in the borough.




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