Caitlin Sinclair, NY Political Correspondent
UPDATED 2:22 PM PT –Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Shelters in New York City are at capacity as new migrants continue to arrive in the city, prompting Mayor Eric Adams to think outside of the box. One such idea would be to shelter migrants on cruise ships — a move that advocacy groups have called inhumane.
Adams has been in contact with the chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line, Frank Del Rio, about the possibility of using one of their ships for asylum seekers. The mayor appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to discuss the matter, stating, “We’re going to follow the law as well as our moral obligation and responsibilities.”
So, it appears after Martha’s Vineyard was proven unfit for illegal migrants, New York City will now send its sanctuary city castoffs on a cruise, presumably paid for by taxpayers.
But “cruise ships are not designed to provide shelter and services to homeless people, especially those with disabilities,” the Legal Aid Society and Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy group, said in a statement.
The mayor also said that a newly arrived asylum seeker who had been staying at a shelter in the City since arriving from the southern border has died by suicide. Adams said the tragedy is a reminder that we have a legal and moral obligation to help people.