NYC seeking 5,000 emergency shelter beds as Texas buses migrants north

New York City is searching for 5,000 rooms to shelter thousands of migrants arriving in Manhattan on buses from Texas, according to city documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“Over the past few weeks, we have been working around the clock to step up and welcome asylum-seekers with open arms,” an NYC Department of Social Services spokesperson wrote in an email to the Washington Examiner Thursday. “As we previously announced, we’ve been procuring additional emergency shelter to serve this population, and this [request for proposal] is part of that effort.”
The city’s Department of Homeless Services previously requested housing from local organizations for 600 migrant families earlier this month, according to city documents.
“The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendor(s) to identify and operate units for the City Sanctuary Intake and City Sanctuary Facilities (“Facilities”) programs that will be used to house asylum seeking families and individuals in New York City,” the city announcement states.

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“The selected vendor(s) will procure and operate up to 5,000 units in facilities such as commercial hotels or other similar facilities throughout NYC as outlined in the solicitation,” the document states. “The population served by the selected vendor will be families with children, adult couples, and/or individual adults. Vendors can propose to either operate just the operational portion of the Facility, the service delivery requirements of the Facility, or both and should make this clear in their proposal.”
The city has not indicated how much it is willing to spend or if it has fulfilled the request. The city’s immigration affairs, homeless services, and mayor’s offices did not answer requests for comment about how long migrants will be permitted to reside in temporary housing.
More than 4,000 migrants have been dropped off buses that originated in Texas in recent weeks, which prompted first-term Democratic Mayor Eric Adams to request assistance from the federal government.
Illegal immigration at the southern border began to rise to historic highs last March. Federal law enforcement up and down the 2,000-mile southern border went from encountering fewer than 75,000 noncitizens in December 2020 to topping 150,000 (even 200,000) each month over the past year, according to federal data.
gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX), whose state has seen the most illegal crossings under President Joe Biden, announced in April that migrants would be offered free bus rides to Washington, DC The effort was meant to alleviate pressure on small border communities and regional transportation Networks as several thousand people were released there daily.
Texas expanded the operation this summer, adding New York City to its list of destinations in an effort to put pressure on sanctuary city Democrats, especially Adams, to call on Biden to take action at the border.
The state of Texas is allowing the public to donate money to cover the millions of dollars it has spent busing illegal immigrants released from federal custody at the border to New York City and Washington, DC The state has collected $118,297 as of July 22, a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly $7 million Texas had received from busing and security contractors in mid-July.
Texas makes up 1,250 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border. More than half of the 1.9 million people approved trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico between ports of entry since the start of fiscal year 2022 last October were stopped in Texas.

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