Blakeman: Coliseum cannot be used to house asylum seekers

Over 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since spring 2022.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2023, 9:31 AM

Updated 278 days ago

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Nassau County officials held a news conference on Thursday to stand firm on their word that no migrants will be housed in the county, including at the Coliseum.
The announcement comes as asylum seekers start to move in near the Nassau-Queens border.
“Let me make it clear one more time – Nassau County is not a sanctuary county,” said Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman.
Over 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since spring 2022. One tent city opened earlier this week in Queens, near the Nassau County border, drawing concern from nearby residents.
New York City is legally required to provide asylum seekers with housing because of city legislation. The state does not have any such laws.
Immigration advocates, however, say it is not just a New York City or federal problem and that people need to stop being afraid of migrants.
Blakeman also addressed the rumors about the Nassau Coliseum possibility housing migrants in the future, saying the facility cannot be used to house asylum seekers.
However, county officials do not have many options if the state or federal government decide to open housing on state-owned property in Nassau County. 


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