Central Park: Possible Shelter for Migrants

by Mayniaga

“Everything is on the table,” Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom said Wednesday at a press conference

when asked if migrants might be sheltered in parks.

Escaping poverty, violence, and political oppression, migrants who reach the southern border can seek political asylum and be temporarily released while their applications are being reviewed.

The roots of the crisis

Among major cities in the United States, New York stands as the most densely populated, boasting three times the population per square mile compared to Los Angeles and over seven times that of Houston.

Tight on space

According to New York law, individuals seeking shelter cannot be denied, necessitating that the city provide them with a bed.

Right to shelter

Within a city where private outdoor areas are deemed a privilege, the urban parks, particularly the exquisitely designed ones like Central Park and Prospect Park, are greatly cherished and extensively frequented by the community for diverse activities such as picnics, barbecues, concerts, and Little League sports.

Running out of options

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