NYC Reportedly Weighing Placing Migrants In Shipping Containers

New York City may use shipping containers on public streets as a potential housing plan for its large migrant population, according to a proposed plan. The possible use of shipping containers may present another issue for New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), who previously stated that the city was at full capacity.

The mayor is considering using shipping containers and tents placed on New York streets to house some of the estimated 100,000 migrants in the city. 

According to the plan, the containers could be placed not only on city thoroughfares but also in nearby Fort Dix, New Jersey and the parking lot of Citi Field, where the New York Mets baseball team plays. 

The city may also use former hospitals and psychiatric facilities in other locations to place the illegal immigrants.

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D) called the plan “the most ridiculous idea I have ever heard.” She further said that the city already struggles with the use of sidewalks, and questioned the idea of putting “people on the street?”

“That is just asinine, and quite frankly, it’s one of those things that people put on a list so people like me will get enraged about it and then they’ll slip something else bad in — but that isn’t quite as bad,” she said.

City Councilwoman Diana Ayala (D) also said that there was “no way in hell” she would support such a plan.

The total cost of the current migrant wave may cost taxpayers approximately $12 billion over the next several years. 

The estimate of the cost of caring for migrant crosses has increased significantly over the last year. The mayor’s office currently projects a daily cost of $383 for each individual migrant. 

Adams said that New York “has been left to pick up the pieces of a broken immigration system.” 

He further said that the city’s “compassion may be limitless, but our resources are not. This is the budgetary reality we are facing if we don’t get the additional support we need.”