New York City’s shelters are so overwhelmed by the refugee crisis that Mayor Eric Adams is considering using cruise ships as temporary housing.
“We have reviewed everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship for temporary accommodation,” Hizzoner said during an interview on WCBS Sunday.
“We look at everything to see how do we deal with it?”
Adams made the proposal just hours before The Post reported that a record 9 buses carrying migrants headed into the city.
Each bus usually carries between 40 and 50 migrants.
The influx paralyzes the New York protection system. Full-time facilities are being marginalized, affecting the quality of life in the neighborhood, and the city has opened 23 shelters, but there are still not enough beds.
Cruise ships could help relieve stress, according to Adams, and were once an alternative the Bloomberg administration considered during its own migration push.
Adams gave no further details about the potential floating shelters, but criticized the federal policy of barring migrants from working in the United States before they can get a work permit.
“We say, ‘You could come here, but you can’t work.’ That’s incredible,” Adams said, citing shortages in several sectors including food, healthcare and transit.
“We have to look and see what bottlenecks we are facing. How can we enable people to take care of themselves? If not, we, the government, have to deal with it. That just doesn’t make sense.”
On Friday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proposed relocating newly arrived migrants to upstate towns facing unemployment problems, a move that could also earn local governments serious federal funding.
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