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Mayor declares state of emergency amid record number of asylum seekers in NYC

New York City Mayor Adams has declared a state of emergency amid the record number of asylum seekers and has asked for federal help.

News 12 Staff

Oct 7, 2022, 10:19 AM

Updated 620 days ago


Mayor Eric Adams issued an executive order Friday declaring a state of emergency over a record number of asylum seekers arriving in New York City.
The order directs city agencies to coordinate efforts to respond to the humanitarian crisis and to construct emergency relief centers for migrants.
Adams also called for assistance from the federal and state governments to help New York City handle the increasing numbers of migrants seeking asylum - projecting city costs of more than $1 billion in this fiscal year.
"This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America and is being accelerated by American political dynamics. Thousands of asylum seekers have been bused into New York City and simply dropped off, without notice, coordination, or care — and more are arriving every day," said Adams. "This crisis is not of our own making but one that will affect everyone in this city, now and in the months ahead. New Yorkers deserve to know why this is happening and what we plan to do."
A migrant relief facility set to be built at Orchard Beach was recently moved to Randall’s Island after days of public criticism from residents.

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