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Overwhelmed by 20,000 Migrants, NYC Opens First Tent Shelters

  • Massive white tents have 1,000 shoulder-to-shoulder cots
  • Sparse, makeshift shelters are meant to be temporary
Tents intended to provide temporary shelter to migrants during preparations on Randall's Island in New York, on Oct. 11. 

Tents intended to provide temporary shelter to migrants during preparations on Randall's Island in New York, on Oct. 11. 

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America

Tents intended to provide temporary shelter to migrants are set to open in New York City on Wednesday, the first of a series of makeshift centers to house an influx of tens of thousands of Central and South Americans.

The new relief center, located in Randall’s Island, is intended to house and provide food, water, medical care and Covid tests to about 500 single adults when they first arrive in New York. There will be a 10 p.m. curfew.