New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to the continued arrival of illegal migrants from southern states.
More than 17,000 migrants have been driven into the city since spring, a small fraction of migrants encountered at the border during that time frame.
Adams said one in five people in the city’s shelter is a migrant, creating a “crisis,” he said.
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“This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America and is being accelerated by US political dynamics,” Adams said Friday. “Thousands of asylum seekers have been driven into New York City and simply dropped off without warning, coordination or care — and more are arriving every day.”
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“This crisis is not of our own making, but one that will affect everyone in this city, now and for months to come,” he said. “New Yorkers deserve to know why this is happening and what we plan to do.”
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Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed Saturday that New York City has approached the company about using a cruise ship to house an influx of illegal immigrants to the city, but said no deal has yet been reached.
“Chartering cruise ships to companies, government entities and other organizations for various purposes is a standard business practice across our industry,” a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “While we can confirm that New York City has approached us about a potential charter of a cruise ship, no agreement has been reached and we cannot speculate on the outcome of any ongoing business discussions.”
New York Post reported this week that Adams was finalizing a deal with the cruise line to house the influx of migrants for six months so they can be processed before being housed by the city’s shelter system.