Courtesy of WRCR.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Joan Silvestri are calling on New York City Mayor Eric Adams to not move forward with a plan to bus migrants to Rockland and house them at a hotel in Orangetown. Day says the county is already seeing a strain to local schools, food pantries, housing, and social services due to an increased number of undocumented individuals resettling in Rockland. “This is absurd, and we will not stand for it,” Day said in a statement. “There is nothing humanitarian about a Sanctuary City sending busloads of people to a County that does not have the infrastructure to care for them. It’s the same as throwing them in the middle of the ocean with nowhere to swim.” The City of New York plans to house about 340 adult males in Armoni Inn and Suites in Orangeburg for four months with plans to secure them work permits to integrate into the community. “Social Services funding is not applicable to undocumented individuals so we have no financial support to help those without a legal status and even if we did this County has a well-known housing crisis that includes both a lack of housing and lack of affordable housing that this will only compound further. Our current system is not built to support asylum seekers and work permits do not guarantee work or integration,” Silvestri added.