Buffalo State University is set to evict 44 migrants housed in its dormitories after parents voiced safety apprehensions, a decision made in light of recent sexual offenses reported at nearby lodgings.
The university had previously coordinated with the Jericho Road Community Health Center to accommodate these migrants. Interim University President, Bonita R. Durand, stated the move is to “ensure the best possible learning environment for our students and smooth functioning of our university operations,” although she did not reference the nearby criminal incidents.
This development follows a surge of migrants in New York, compelling the state to declare a state of emergency. Notably, two incidents involving migrants were reported: a Venezuelan migrant was accused of rape in Cheektowaga, and another allegedly attacked a hotel worker. These events led Erie County to stop accepting migrants.
The crisis has put pressure on authorities, with New York City Mayor Eric Adams facing backlash for suggesting migrants inhabit the dilapidated Metropolitan Correctional Center. Monroe County’s Executive, Adam Bello, has expressed support for deploying the National Guard to address the issue.
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