Despite Fire Safety Concerns, Floyd Bennett Field to Host 2,000 Migrants in Coming Days

Despite Fire Safety Concerns, Floyd Bennett Field to Host 2,000 Migrants in Coming Days

By Yehudit Garmaise

Even after the FDNY and other city agencies found Floyd Bennett Field to be rife with fire safety hazards, 500 migrants are expected to descend onto the field today to live in a massive encampment recently approved by President Biden.

Near four huge, one-story sleeping tents will stand trailers for bathrooms, showers, a migrant processing center, a medical facility, and a cafeteria to accommodate up to 500 migrant families, or 2,000 people, for up to 60 days.

The immense tents stand on Runway 19, which was formerly used as part of a Naval Air Station.

After inspecting the field that can be reached from Boro Park in only 30 minutes, the FDNY and other city agencies has cited many safety dangers, such as a lack of functioning fire hydrants near the encampments.

Since the spring of 2022, more than 130,000 migrants have flooded into New York City, which has spent $12 billion to host, feed, and do the laundry of asylum seekers.

According to the mayor, the use of Bennett Field as a migrant camp is one of the last remaining spaces in which to shelter the unrelenting influx of migrants.



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