Salazar said his office was working with advocacy organisations and private attorneys representing the victims and could co-ordinate with federal authorities as needed.
DeSantis said last week that Florida paid to fly the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard because many migrants who arrive in Florida come from Texas.
Republicans have been trying to shift responsibility for border crossers to Democratic leaders. The Biden administration said the Republicans were using migrants as “political pawns.”
While details of how the flights were arranged and paid for remain unclear, one migrant told Reuters he and his family were recruited outside a migrant resource centre in San Antonio and promised housing, support for 90 days, help with work permits and English lessons. He said they were surprised when their flight landed on an island best known as a summer retreat populated mostly by affluent, liberal Americans.
US border agents made nearly 2 million migrant arrests through August at the US-Mexico border this fiscal year, which began last October, according to government data released Monday. They include a growing number of Cubans, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and others who cannot be expelled to Mexico under a public health order in place since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Many seek to pursue asylum claims.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said an asylum-seeker died in a New York shelter on Sunday, as the city faces an influx of migrants sent by Republican governors from other states.
The mayor said in a statement that the death “is a reminder that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need,” and pointed to a recently opened resource centre that has mental health services as an option for asylum seekers.
The woman died by suicide. Adams said at a press briefing on Monday that he was forbidden by law to go into further details but that the woman was a mother. He rejected the notion that the death represented a failure on the part of the city.
“A woman, I believe, was traumatised by this whole experience,” he said in response to a question about whether the city was to blame for the death. “The failure was the governors that sent people on a multi-day bus ride without proper food, without medical care, without the basic necessities, telling them they had to be treated in this inhumane way. That’s the failure.”
New York is currently exploring whether it can use cruise ships to house some of the migrants.
New York and other cities are straining under an influx of hundreds of migrants sent by Republican governors. The city has been working to provide shelter and other services to the migrants, many of whom fled violence in Venezuela and other Latin American countries.
New York City estimates that more than 11,000 migrants have entered the city since the spring, and that about 8500 are currently within the city’s shelter system.
Migrants and advocates for months have asked the city and the federal government for support in navigating the city’s shelter systems, fast-tracking asylum, and getting work permits and other legal aid.
New York is currently exploring whether it can use cruise ships to house some of the migrants, among other avenues to mitigate an already strained shelter system. Advocates say such a plan would do little to help the actual problems within the city’s shelters, where the average stay for a family is over 15 months.
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