Media Divided on Coverage, Causes of New York City's Migrant Crisis
Summary from AllSides News Team
New York City’s struggle to grapple with an influx of migrants is spawning commentary and criticism over immigration policy, media coverage, and more.
“Scapegoats”: A writer in Mother Jones (Left bias) described the Roosevelt Hotel, NYC’s main asylum intake center, as “nothing like the imagery of an ‘invasion’ or ‘national emergency’ evoked by politicians and the anti-migrant protests that have cropped up.” Instead, the writer saw “people trying to do the right thing, following the rules, and getting in the indefinable ‘line’ of lawfully seeking asylum.” While the influx of migrants is straining the city’s resources, the writer determines the migrants, described as “exhausted families who have fled hardship and violence and are eager to stand on their own two feet,” have become “scapegoats” used to validate “politically-driven zero-sum messages.”
Biden Policies: Earlier this month, Byron York (Right bias) argued Democratic lawmakers in New York City “still can’t face reality.” Citing New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ claim that the influx is the result of border states, specifically Texas, busing migrants to NYC, York wrote that Texas “has sent a total of just more than 13,300 immigrants to New York since August 2022. New York, however, said it has received more than 110,000 immigrants.” York attributed the migrant increase to Biden’s immigration policies, writing, “New York's immigrant problems are the result of policies promised by candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race and delivered by President Joe Biden in the two years and eight months since January 2021.”
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From the LeftWhat the New York City Migrant Crisis Is and Isn’t
It doesn’t take more than a couple of strolls around the block on East 45th Street in Midtown Manhattan for the faces of New York City’s most recent arrivals to reveal themselves. On a relatively quiet Thursday afternoon in late September, the migrants calmly came and went through the front and side doors of the Roosevelt Hotel, the city’s main asylum intake center, which the New York Times recently described as the “new Ellis Island.” Some had been staying at the location, not far from Grand Central station, for a few...
From the CenterNew York governor deploying more National Guard members to address migrant crisis
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Monday that the state will deploy an additional 150 National Guard troops to support asylum-seekers who have arrived in New York City.
There are 1,900 National Guard personnel who are on-site assisting with the city’s influx of migrants. They are spread out across 51 hotels and two relief centers. The additional deployment will reach 2,050 members dedicated to the issue, per Hochul’s office.
“It is critical that we help secure work authorization for asylum seekers and migrants in New York,” Hochul said in a...
From the RightIn migrant crisis, New York still can't face reality
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"Month after month, I stood up and I said, 'This is going to...