While the city continues to host tens of thousands of asylum seekers, Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is initiating a job training program for migrants at an upstate New York college and trying to relocate them to other regions of the country.
At a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday, Adams unveiled a plan for addressing the migrant situation.
The opening of a new, round-the-clock reception facility for asylum seekers and an Office of Asylum Seeker Operations, which would coordinate the administration’s response to the migrant issue, are also included in “The Way Forward” blueprint, according to Adams.
More than 30,000 migrants from South America are currently under the city’s care. “Our goal is to assist them in becoming self-sufficient as soon as possible,” Adams added.
Adams’ office states the employment training program will be housed at SUNY Sullivan, located about 40 miles west of New Paltz.
The program, coordinated with The Center for Exploration, would initially give 100 migrants the opportunity to reside on the SUNY Sullivan campus and get job training while they wait for their federal work permission documents.
What industries the employment training program will concentrate on was not immediately apparent.
Adams added that the government would also work with various NGOs and places of religion to give recently arrived immigrants the option to leave New York for other “pre-vetted” cities and municipalities.
The mayor noted that other states and localities around the nation had expressed a desire to assist.
Adams argued that journalists enjoy “pitting cities” against one another, thus, he declined to name the locations to which he is trying to move refugees.
“We’re keeping it a secret. At the news conference, he told reporters, “We’ll let you know when they arrive.