New York declares state of emergency on migrant arrivals, citing dwindling shelter

New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday after thousands of migrants settled from the US southern border in recent months, prompting the Biden administration for aid, as the city’s overwhelmed shelters are trying to accommodate recent arrivals. fight for.

Adams, a Democrat, said the city’s shelters are running out of bed space, which has more than 61,000 homeless New Yorkers and migrants – including 20,000 children – in its housing system. A fifth of those in the shelter are migrants, he said. The city has recently enrolled 5,500 migrant children in public schools.

Adams said that at the current pace, the local shelter system could house 100,000 individuals next year. He said the city also anticipates receiving more than $1 billion by next July and spending housing migrants.

So far, New York City has converted more than 40 hotels into temporary shelters and is planning to set up a tent city on Randall’s Island, but Adams said the city needed funds or money to support the thousands of additional migrants. There will be no housing capacity. At the same time, help the domestic homeless population.

“We now have a situation where more people are coming to New York City than we can accommodate immediately, including families with babies and young children,” Adams said. “Once asylum seekers are provided with shelter in today’s buses, we will surpass the most people in recorded history in our city’s asylum system.”

Since the spring, more than 17,000 migrants, many of them asylum seekers from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and other Latin American countries, have arrived in New York City in hundreds of buses that cross the US-Mexico border, according to city data. have arisen. ,

Thousands of migrants are in New York as Texas state officials put them on buses to New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago to protest the Biden administration’s handling of record border fears reported over the past year.

Democratic officials in El Paso are offering migrants free bus rides to New York City as part of an effort to ease overcrowding at local shelters, largely due to a spurt in the number of Venezuelan asylum seekers entering west Texas. is growth.

Migrant buses from Texas continue to arrive in New York City
Buses of migrants detained at the Texas border continue to arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, New York City, New York City, September 25, 2022.

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Adams said Friday that Republican state officials sending migrants to New York were exploiting the city’s welcome values, social services and asylum rights laws for “political gain.”

“We haven’t asked for it,” he said. “There was never an agreement to take on the job of supporting thousands of asylum seekers. This responsibility was handed to us without warning as buses started showing up.”

Rene Eise, a Republican, a spokesman for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, called Adams’ remarks hypocritical and countered that the mayor should ask President Biden to implement tougher policies on the US-Mexico border.

“The real emergency is on our nation’s southern border where the small border towns of Texas are surrounded and overwhelmed by hundreds of migrants every day as the Biden administration dumps them in their communities,” Eze said.

State data shows Texas has transported more than 12,000 migrants in 270 buses to Democratic-controlled cities, including about 3,100 in New York City.

In his remarks on Friday, Adams urged federal and state officials to help New York City host migrants by raising funds, resources and new legal authorizations; He called the current situation “unstable”.

Adams also asked the state of New York to support the establishment of migrant relief centers. He urged Congress to pass laws that would expedite the process of allowing asylum seekers to work in the US, which would allow them to find work in the city, and he wants lawmakers to overhaul the immigration system. Overhaul, including legalizing undocumented immigrants who already live. in America

The federal government, Adams suggested, would “decompress” along the US-Mexico border to “slow the outflow of asylum seekers” and transport migrants to other cities “to make sure everyone is doing their job”. strategy” should also be implemented.

When asked about Adams’ demands, the Department of Homeland Security said it was “leading a broader effort to support cities” that are welcoming migrants, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). who are demanding federal reimbursement for them from groups and authorities. Overseas reception.

“We will continue to do everything we can to support cities as some Republican governors deliberately create chaos and confusion with their brutal political stunts,” the department said in a statement to CBS News.

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