A thread for news stories about the ongoing global migrant crisis.
I said I thought this subject deserved its own thread. From the Mediterranean to the English Channel to the U.S.-Mexico border, things are... not great.
In New York City, the city's basically out of space and migrants are now sleeping on the street.
The line of asylum seekers outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has gotten shorter, but city officials are now calling on the federal government for help.
The city has to provide shelter to anyone who requests it and the Legal Aid Society is threatening to file litigation to enforce the law, since it looks like the city is failing to meet its obligation in a timely manner if people are sleeping on the streets.
"The federal government could also solve the problem tomorrow by allowing people to work," Joshua Goldfein of the Legal Aid Society said.
The hotel has a dual purpose -- it is an arrival center for migrants where they can get access to vaccines, food and other resources -- but it is also a humanitarian relief center that is housing families with children.
Most of the people in line on Tuesday and over the last several days have been single men. They have been waiting in line to register for shelter on sidewalks winding around the hotel's block at 46th and Vanderbilt.
"They don't allow them to go anywhere, no shower, no bathroom," one person said.
Mayor Eric Adams' office says scenes like this could be more common as the city continues to grapple with the number of migrants who are here and continue to arrive. He warned the strain on the city will only get worse.
The mayor's office says the city is currently caring for 50,000 migrants but more than 93,000 asylum seekers have come through the city's intake system since last spring. The city continues to fill up its emergency shelters and the federal funding won't cover the $4 billion the city is expected to spend by next year.