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Border Crisis: Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn Will be Used to House Migrants

Border Crisis: Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn Will be Used to House Migrants

The National Park Service manages the airfield. That means taxpayers are funding it.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn will be used as a migrant shelter.

Floyd Bennett Field is an airfield. Only one part is used as a NYPD helicopter base. The rest is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jamaica Bay Unit. The National Park Service manages it.

You know what that means, right? Taxpayers are footing the bill.

Hochul said it could house 2,500 migrants:

“This is something we have been asking about, hoping for, for many many many months,” Hochul said of the lease, which the state has not yet signed. “This is a big step because the answer one month ago was no, that this is land owned by the Department of Interior, National Parks, and they do not allow for use of shelter on any of their properties. So I’m viewing this as a significant development by the administration in Washington that we need more help here.”

Hochul said housing migrants at large sites, like Floyd Bennett Field, makes it easier to help larger numbers fill out asylum forms, which will help get them on the path to finding legal work.

“They are the best accommodations that we can offer for us to be able to start moving single adults into those facilities….and start moving this system along,” Hochul said. “Ultimately with the goal of helping people be stabilized, apply for asylum, and grant that right to work .”

The state will pay for the use of Floyd Bennett Field. So I guess NY taxpayers are paying double.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Hochul have been fighting over the migrant situation in the city and state caused by the border crisis.

Adams is grateful but insists more needs to be done:

“Let’s be clear: because we haven’t seen meaningful policy changes that would alter the course of this crisis, we’ve been forced to play an unsustainable game of ‘whack-a-mole’, opening new site after new site as asylum seekers continue to arrive by the thousands,” Adams said. “We will continue to advocate for expedited work authorization for asylum seekers, a federal declaration of emergency, and a national and state decompression strategy, and we’re committed to making today’s announcement the beginning of a new era of enhanced partnership between our local, state, and federal governments.”

The Democrats finally admitted the border crisis is a national and federal issue after border states started shipping migrants to supposed sanctuary cities.

Yeah, not so easy when you experience what the small border towns go through every day.


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I think that they could house migrants in the judicial chambers in Brooklyn. That would probably be an improvement over the current use.

E Howard Hunt | August 22, 2023 at 11:10 am

Field of Dreams

2smartforlibs | August 22, 2023 at 11:51 am

You said the rest of us were callous for not letting them in. Now you can deal with their strength being your diversity.

JackinSilverSpring | August 22, 2023 at 12:39 pm

Wonder how residents of NYC are going to vote come 2024 with their up close and personal experience of the folly of how they voted in November 2020.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | August 22, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    1) Democrats can’t recognize reality when it contradicts the Narrative.
    2) In any case, they can cast they any way they want. What matters is how they are counted and reported.

    Subotai Bahadur

Sounds like they have room for more illegal aliens. I am certain Texas and Florida can send them a few thousand more. How does another 50,000 sound?

These folks don’t need work permits they need SPONSORS who agree to provide shelter, food, health care, all the necessities for them. That’s the model we need to get back to. Be charitable with YOUR money and stop demanding that the taxpaying public foot the bills y’all run up. That would actually demonstrate your virtue v the empty rhetoric of merely signaling virtue by making proclamations and promises you refuse to personally meet.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | August 22, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    The “children” already have “sponsors.” They are cartel-affiliated soldiers in the US who each pose as a “relative” of hundreds or thousands of illegal immigrants (the Biden admin of course never “notices” this). The coyotes pin the “relative’s” name to the kids’ clothes before sending them across. The immigrants are sent to those sponsors, most never even get to see their sponsor before being put to work in manual labor jobs or on street corners. Extending this fiction to adults would be no skin off the cartel’s nose at all.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | August 22, 2023 at 1:40 pm

      Well not exactly. What I am calling for is supervised Sponsorship. It would require US Citizens, not themselves on any sort of govt assistance mind you, to house these folks in their own homes. They would have both announced and unannounced visits from CPB and if children are being sponsored by Child Welfare.

      The Sponsor would be responsible for providing access to the folks they Sponsor. So if CPB showed up and the person being sponsored wasn’t there the Sponsor would have to contact them and get them home. If they couldn’t do that then the Sponsor
      themselves would go to jail for committing a fraud on the govt by failing to meet the agreement. Basically like a supervised parole/bail situation with the Sponsor’s own freedom as the ante.

This is a deliberate misappropriation of taxpayer funds, and it is criminal in nature.

In other news, NYC announces clearance sale on “Hate Has No Home Here” bumper stickers… order now and receive a “No Human is Illegal” refrigerator magnet.

    ChrisPeters in reply to George S. | August 22, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I wonder if the ass-pimple that came up with “No Human is Illegal” would feel the same way upon discovering an uninvited stranger hiding in a closet of his home.

      CommoChief in reply to ChrisPeters. | August 22, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      Like this?

      ‘….you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out the bathroom blindfolded like a g/d magic show ready to double team your girlfriend.
      Mitch Martin’s wedding speech in the movie
      Old School

Disclaimer: I am now and have been all my life foursquare against illegal immigration and even most legal immigration.

That said, can someone explain the endgame with regards to sustaining the millions of illegal aliens that have come here and the millions that will be coming in the future? It is not like these people are actual ‘refugees’ and merely need assistance until the crisis in their home countries has ended, at which point they will return. They are here forever, or at least until homeostatic equilibrium is achieved, and it is no better here than it is in their native lands.

So now our state and county governments are setting aside our sports fields to house them. And then what? The article states that it is hoped that all of these illegal aliens will be granted work permits, and then they will presumably leave the shelters and become financially independent. How likely is this? Rent in NYC exceeds $4k/month.

The influx is not going to stop. The costs are going to ratchet up monotonically. How can we sustain the costs that are never going away, and increasing forever?


    henrybowman in reply to not_a_lawyer. | August 22, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    First off, this is a federally-funded airfield, not a sports field. Several commenters apparently didn’t get that.

    The answer to your question: white replacement… more accurately, replacement of “old-fashioned” independent, self-sufficient American citizens.

    Create a huge subclass of people totally dependent on the government for their survival. This requires government to become all-powerful. Cloward-Piven.

    And what do you do with these folks? Well, only the government can afford to hire them, by printing money, just like FDR did. Obama’s private army, his Ready Reserve Corps, “a civilian security force just as powerful [as the military], just as strong, just as well-funded.”

    Floyd Bennett Field is just the temporary office of your children’s new overseers.

    George S in reply to not_a_lawyer. | August 22, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    The endgame? To replace you and me.

    If governments cannot convince voters to accept their policies, government can either change their policies… or change their voters.

Sounds like NY needs a few more train cars worth of illegal aliens.

Concentrating 2,500 criminals will lead to assault, rape, murder, theft, a sanitation crisis, and heavy damage to federal and other facilities.
Who’s going to provide food, supplies, shelter, medical care?
Where will these people file their claims resulting from sexual assault – state or federal courts?

    henrybowman in reply to Anony Mee. | August 22, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    Just this week we’ve already seen illegals kicked out of a college dorm for multiple rapes. Now multiply this by the ratio of (2500 to those people).

    LeftWingLock in reply to Anony Mee. | August 23, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    The mayor and the governor don’t care about any of these issues since they, their families and their close friends will never be affected by any of them. They are already working on the list of people who are to blame (Republicans for not providing funding, capitalists — for high prices for the goods these people need, police — for being racist while simultaneously not doing their jobs to keep law and order. etc., etc.)

Send more, many more.

The hangars at Floyd Bennett Field (where the illegal aliens will presumably be housed) are currently a museum filled with irreplaceable restored historic aircraft.

So what happens to the aircraft? Park them out in the elements? Let the illegal kiddies play on them or vandals destroy them?

Floyd Bennett Field is a NATIONAL PARK, not an illegal alien holding facility. So just how did NYC get authorization to use it as such? Was this the price the feds paid to shut Mayor Adams up?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Gosport. | August 22, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    Reopen Tulelake and Manzanar.

    henrybowman in reply to Gosport. | August 22, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    Organ Pipe National Monument is a National Monument. Signs there basically say “Enter and hike at your own risk, the cartels pwn this property.” The signs went up about ten years ago.

    henrybowman in reply to Gosport. | August 22, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    “So just how did NYC get authorization to use it”
    We all knew how this magic trick would work before the magician even took the stage.
    Red states get illegals and are left to fend on their own.
    Any blue states who get illegals work out a deal with Washington that ends up with some sort of federal grant (50% red state tax money) to cover the cost of their “share” of the illegals.
    Red states, of course, will never be given such a deal.

Once upon a time the seaplane hangars at NAS Key West were used to house the Mariel Boatlift people from Cuba. Even under watchful military operation and guard they managed to create filth and damage it took years to clean and repair.

Do we really want to put the illegals in National Park museum facilities with little or no supervision? Look at the videos of the crossing sites and the massive amount of unsanitary debris they left behind. Is anyone really stupid enough to think this is a no harm, no foul option?

The Gentle Grizzly | August 22, 2023 at 7:31 pm

LI: they are not migrants. They are illegal aliens.