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Migrant relief center relocating to Randall’s Island after concerns from Orchard Beach residents

NEW YORK — A controversial emergency response center for migrants is relocating after going through security concerns from some Bronx residents. 

Mayor Eric Adams says the power shall be moved from Orchard Beach to Randall’s Island. In an announcement in a single day, he stated the brand new location has higher entry to public transportation and is much less susceptible to flooding.

Speaking of flooding, CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook discovered standing water Tuesday within the Orchard Beach parking zone. Video from 2018 exhibits the lot utterly flooded over.

That’s why close by residents raised concerns. They additionally introduced up conducting legal background checks on the migrants. 

“These people that are being sent here, they’re not all criminals. But in any group this size, there’s going to be a criminal element,” Bronx County Conservative Party Chairman Patrick McManus instructed CBS2. 

The metropolis heard their voices and determined to take motion. 

“We don’t do any screening other than of finding out the needs of people and make sure we properly give them the resources they need. And we’re going to provide the public safety, that’s my responsibility,” Adams stated. 

Tuesday morning, crews may very well be seen to start with phases of deconstructing what was constructed at Orchard Beach, because the supplies will quickly extra greater than eight miles southwest to Randall’s Island. 

In an announcement, the mayor stated Emergency Management decided, “relocating the Orchard Beach humanitarian relief center to Randall’s Island is the most efficient and effective path forward, and work is underway to make this move.”

In the times forward, residents who reside close to the seashore will begin seeing the buildings within the parking zone get torn down. 

Adams stated he expects the non permanent shelter on Randall’s Island to be constructed throughout the identical timeline as what was initially going to happen at Orchard Beach, wanting on the subsequent two to three weeks. 

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