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HomeBreaking NewsNew York City mayor seeks emergency aid for influx of asylum-seekers

New York City mayor seeks emergency aid for influx of asylum-seekers

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After New York City received over 3,100 asylum-seekers in the last week, including a record number 835 last Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams called on the state to provide more resources to deal with the ongoing issue.

Adams said in a statement the city is “at the breaking point,” and may not be able to handle more people coming.

“The absence of sorely needed federal immigration reform should not mean that this humanitarian crisis falls only on the shoulders of cities,” he said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a security briefing ahead of New Year’s Eve on December 30, 2022 in New York City.

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Since the spring, New York City has accepted 40,000 asylum-seekers, and opened 74 emergency shelters and four humanitarian relief centers.

Adams sent a mutual aid request to the state asking to support additional sheltering.

“Our initial request is for shelter to accommodate 500 asylum seekers, but, as New York City continues to see numbers balloon, this estimate will increase as well,” he said in a statement.

Representatives from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Migrants arriving from Del Rio, Texas, get off a bus at Port Authority in Manhattan, Dec. 19, 2022.

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After New York City received over 3,100 asylum-seekers in the last week, including a record number 835 last Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams called on the state to provide more resources to deal with the ongoing issue. New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a security briefing ahead of New Year's Eve on December 30, 2022 in New York City. Since the spring, New York City has accepted 40,000 asylum-seekers, and opened 74 emergency shelters and four humanitarian relief centers.

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