update: Closing out the third day of camping outside the Watson Hotel, the mayor’s office issued the following statement:
“Almost all of the single men who stayed at the Watson Hotel thanked us for heeding our call and coming inside tonight in the frigid weather. The single men all chose to move to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, a humanitarian relief center and what several officials elected today called a “warm” place. , or other networks. Tonight, a joint effort by multiple city authorities began cleaning up the block, prompting dozens of asylum seekers to move inside as temperatures continued to drop. Almost immediately, most of the asylum seekers decided to take our bus to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but 6 asylum seekers had their tickets reissued to meet friends and family in other cities. and the rest of the asylum seekers chose to go their separate ways as outside agitators. Watson continued to encourage them not to risk their lives and accept shelter in this freezing temperature. Items that asylum seekers had in their rooms remain in our control and can still be received. Additionally, those who choose to depart on their own tonight can enter the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal if they come to us tomorrow or in the future.
Original: The confrontation between immigrants and the city was in its third day on Wednesday as asylum seekers sheltered from the cold outside the Watson Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen.
The standoff began Sunday night when city officials cleared the hotel and asked the migrants inside to leave.
The New York City Immigration Department released a video showing asylum seekers settling into the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but people outside the Watson Hotel refused to leave, saying conditions inside the terminal were not good. I’m here.
The mayor’s office says the city has exceeded its moral obligation to help immigrants. The city believes the protest sign was made as a way to stop efforts to help asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers were given the option to tour the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal facilities, but most of the refugees camped outside the hotel declined the offer.
However, not all immigrants who visit the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal complain about the availability of food, showers and toilets.
The city planned to use the hotel for immigrant families, but the terminal was to accommodate about 1,000 single adult men.