New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) may like to claim that he never asked for an illegal alien crisis and while his policies to date have said otherwise, “Adams Tent City” disabused him of that argument outright with entertainment, “fluff-and-fold laundry” and other service amenities sure to entice travelers.
After wailing over the barest fraction of illegals bussed to NYC who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into southern states like Texas and Arizona, hizzoner responded by setting up a relief center out of sight and out of mind on Randalls Island. Tuesday, the Randalls Island Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center was unveiled with Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol touting the experience “asylum seekers” would have there.
“This is a place people can come, rest, relax and kick their feet up after the journey they have been on,” he told reporters from the facility that Adams had toured the night before.
“Spent last night at Randall’s Island inspecting our facility to care for asylum seekers. Care is the key word. We’re providing medical care, places to sleep, connection to legal services, laundry and more,” the mayor posted on social media. “We didn’t ask for this crisis but we’re meeting the moment.”
Spent last night at Randall’s Island inspecting our facility to care for asylum seekers.
Care is the key word.
We’re providing medical care, places to sleep, connection to legal services, laundry and more.
We didn’t ask for this crisis but we’re meeting the moment. pic.twitter.com/GRAxwD4G50
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) October 18, 2022
The “and more” mentioned by Adams happened to include: “More than 60 dining tables are set up in a tent that also houses a recreation room with two popcorn machines, TVs, Xbox game consoles, ping-pong and foosball tables, board games and a bank of 12 phones that can be used to make international calls,” along with wi-fi, temperatures maintained at 70 degrees and “fluff-and-fold laundry service,” the New York Post reported.
Inside NYC’s migrant tent city: 3 meals, fluff-and-fold laundry, TV and even Xbox https://t.co/CzzFXPopMP pic.twitter.com/QEgPLwE6cB
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) October 18, 2022
Mayor Adams is opening it’s first tent city with 3 meals a day, lounge areas with big screen TV, X-Box, laundry facility, free medical, all this for illegals. They should be doing this for Vets and the homeless.
— Deb 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 (@Deb0819) October 19, 2022
So essentially these folks are living better than Americans in NYC public housing projects which nobody can seem to fix.
— Tom Basile 🇺🇸 (@Tom_Basile) October 19, 2022
Five Star accommodations
— GV (@garyavasquez) October 19, 2022
Dude, I’m headed to the migrant tent city!
— BBT (@btarr8) October 18, 2022
As to Adams’s claim that he “didn’t ask for this crisis,” that narrative was shot down once again with one person on Twitter sharing a post from during the 2021 mayoral campaign.
“You did ask for it you hypocrite!” captioned the tweet that read, “‘We should protect our immigrants.’ Period. Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration.”
You did ask for it you hypocrite!https://t.co/ci4qbKR86o
— Petro (@mpetrosino10) October 18, 2022
Admas has routinely attempted to curry political favor with his handling of the relatively small number of illegals sent to New York, stating at the time of the facilities announcement, “More than 100 years ago, Ellis Island opened its doors to welcome in those ‘yearning to breathe free.’ We are again dealing with a humanitarian crisis created by human hands. Other leaders may have abdicated their moral duty to support asylum seekers, but New York City won’t.” But internet users saw past the veneer and called out his actions for what they were.
Along with the announcement Tuesday, Google Maps users found that rather than the official title of the Randalls Island Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center, the location was pinned as Adams Tent City.
The search results panel that pops up on the right after I searched for "Adams Tent City google maps" on Google. pic.twitter.com/EVRlUC0knJ
— Support @CestVraiApp on Patreon (@maslowsneeds) October 18, 2022
Adams Tent City#nyc #EricAdams pic.twitter.com/nXjyojSshd
— Ghani Mengal (@ghanimengal7) October 19, 2022
Evidently, Google was not behind the naming as a representative from the Post reached out to the tech company receiving an email response from a spokesperson that read, “We’re aware of the situation and have removed the listing.”
The brief listing did capture the displeasure of locals who had voiced their concern about “thousands of migrants come here,” being “unfair to the people who utilize the park and live here.”
Meanwhile, Adams’s handling of the illegals has stretched beyond those closest to Randalls Island as taxpayers may be footing a bill in the ballpark of $15 million per month.
“Right now this is a 500-bed facility,” Iscol said after commenting that costs were still being analyzed as they didn’t know the total number of people that would ultimately be cared for, “but if we need to expand it to 1,000 we can do that, but we would need to bring in additional staff.”
Relocating the facility from the Orchard Beach parking lot to the Icahn Stadium parking lot alone cost $650,000 and that original facility had been expected to house 1,000 people at a cost of $15 million per month.
With the rising costs and the cushy setup allowing illegals to come and go as they please, many were concerned that the 96-hour cap for remaining at the location would be abused.
Dr. Ted Long, senior vice president at NYC Health + Hospitals, did little to allay those concerns as he told the Post, “Our focus is to get you where you want to go and not push a numerical limit in terms of number of hours to restrict anything.”
City Hall did not offer a comment.
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