Bellone says there are currently no plans for migrants to be bused from NYC to Suffolk
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone tells News 12 he does not know of any plans for Mayor Eric Adams to bus migrants in New York City out to Suffolk County.
Bellone says if that were to happen, the county would need to handle it in a "responsible and humane way."
The county executive says Suffolk and the rest of New York is dealing with the impacts of a broken federal immigration system.
So far, New York City officials say they have taken care of 65,000 asylum seeks and are now overwhelmed. Last week, the city began busing migrants to communities north of New York City, sometimes against the will of officials in those communities.
On Tuesday evening, the Riverhead town supervisor issued a state of emergency because she believed migrants were headed there.
Make the Road in Brentwood is a nonprofit organization that helps migrants with asylum proceed. It says it has seen an influx of migrants since the summer of 2022.
"We've been seeing this trend for many months already here on Long Island and New York City - of migrants seeking support and navigate the health system and navigate the legal system," says Yaritza Mendez, of Make the Road.
She says she has actually seen it slow down since last week with the end of COVID-19 restrictions on asylum known as Title 42.
Mendez says they still have been setting up more workshops and helping migrants with the asylum process.