ENOUGH: Hundreds of New Yorkers Protest Migrant Tent-City Opening Near Elementary School 

Ken Meekins | August 18, 2023
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Some New York City residents have had enough with illegal immigrants swarming their communities.  

Hundreds of residents gathered in Queens on Wednesday to protest the opening of a new migrant shelter where 1,000 illegal alien men are set to be housed. The tent city is set up in a parking lot at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, which also happens to be within walking distance from an elementary school and special education school. 

Protesters held signs that said, “No Tent City” or “Close the Border.” One had a sign that read, “My tax $$$ being used to destroy my neighborhood” per a report by Fox 5, while a video on X (formerly known as Twitter) shows them peacefully chanting, “No Tent City” and “Close the Border” while waving American flags.

Some of the protesters told Fox 5 they're sympathetic to the migrants, but feel that the location of the center doesn’t make sense and could be dangerous.

Related: New York County Changes Mind on Accepting Migrants After Two Alleged Sexual Assaults

The concerns that these residents have are certainly valid. There have been many instances of assaults and crimes committed by migrants - many of whom are still unvetted - staying at shelters throughout the state of New York. Ernie County recently announced that they will no longer accept migrants into their community after two migrants each committed sexual assaults near their shelters where they were staying. 

An estimated 55,000 thousand migrants are currently being housed inside the city’s homeless shelters and supported with taxpayer dollars from the city, state, and federal governments.

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