Mr. Eric Adams who is the Mayor of New York City has announced a state of emergency in response to what has been described as a ‘crisis situation’ which is as a result of an inflow of migrants.
Speaking from City Hall yesterday, Adams claimed that the city of New York is in a ‘crisis situation’ at the moment while also adding, ‘more than 61,000 people in our shelter system.’
Africa Daily New, New York reports that in recent times, there have seen a migration of people from Republican states like Texas, Arizona, and Florida to Democratic regions.
The Mayor further highlighted in a statement, ‘This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America. It is being accelerated by American political dynamics”. He claimed that thousands of refugees have been bused into New York City and just dropped off without notification or coordination of care. He also said that additional asylum seekers have been arriving every day.’
Stating that no fewer than 61,000 individuals are residing in the shelter system, Adams stressed that it includes the thousands of homeless New Yorkers as well as the thousands of refugees who have just been bused in from other areas of the country. One in five of the almost 20,000 children are asylum seekers, and the overall number is rising every day, he mentioned.
Since the month of April of this year, over 17,000 asylum applicants, largely from South America, have been transported by bus from the southern border to New York City. He asserted, “Many of these asylum seekers don’t know where they are going or what awaits them at the end of the line.” Besides this, he added, ‘Hundreds of buses have arrived in New York City.’
Since the beginning of September, as per the Mayor, they have seen five to six buses every day on average. At least nine buses showed up on October 6. He further said, “The majority are adults who cannot legally work in this country. Many are families with school-aged children. Some are in desperate need of serious medical care.”
According to the mayor. the city is getting ready to spend $1 billion on its crisis response, for the city to be able to pay for housing and services immediately, he has asked for federal and state funding.