New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Friday that the migrant “crisis” facing the Big Apple will cost the city at least $1 billion by the end of the fiscal year — as he declared a state of emergency and renewed appeals for federal aid and for other states to help.
“My fellow New Yorkers, we are in a crisis situation,” the Democratic mayor said Friday.
He said that of the 61,000 people in New York’s shelter system, one in five are migrants, as thousands have arrived either on their own or with the help of buses from Texas – run by the Democratic mayor of El Paso and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Nine buses were expected to arrive in New York on Saturday filled with migrants from Texas, with several others arriving in the city on Friday.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America and is being accelerated by US political dynamics,” he said. “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. This crisis is not of our own making, but one that will affect everyone in this city, now and in the coming months.”
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Adams said Friday that costs have increased as the city provides shelter, food, schooling, health care and other “institutional support.” The city is using dozens of hotels to house migrants and has been working on a deal with Norwegian Cruise Lines for more housing.
“We expect to spend at least $1 billion by the end of the fiscal year on this crisis. All because we have a functional, a compassionate system,” he said, before claiming that “we didn’t ask for this.”
The crisis comes amid a historic migrant crisis at the southern border, with 200,000 encounters a month and more than 2.1 million encounters this fiscal year — many of whom are being released to the United States
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But the crisis in New York City has escalated since Abbott began busing migrants to New York City last month, as well as to Washington DC and Chicago. Adams said 17,000 migrants have been transported to New York City from Texas. Abbott’s office says it has sent over 3,100 on buses so far and intends to continue.
Abbott along with Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Ron DeSantis of Florida have transported migrants to various liberal jurisdictions as a way to redistribute migrants to liberal areas they believe have fueled the crisis — and also to draw national attention to the crisis at the border.
“Texas’ flooded border towns are now receiving some relief, and most importantly, the scope of this ongoing crisis is finally getting the national attention it deserves,” Abbott said in a recent op-ed. “Americans are now witnessing a spectacular national security failure that the president continues to deny.”
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The liberal mayors, as well as the White House, have criticized the governors’ move to use migrants as pawns in a political stunt. The White House has accused the governors of misleading migrants to get them on buses or planes — allegations the governors have denied.
But as that war of words continues, the cities have also appealed to the federal government for help. Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has already declared a public emergency and criticized what she called a “lackluster” response from the federal government.
Adams used his announcement to also call for help from the federal government and from the state of New York. He called for financial aid, as well as a strategy that would slow the numbers coming north.
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“We are on the edge of the abyss. We need serious partnership and realistic solutions. As I have said before, we need help and we need it now,” he said.
He also demanded that migrants be transported elsewhere across the country,
“We need a realistic decompression strategy at the border that will slow the outflow of asylum seekers. We need a coordinated effort to move asylum seekers to other cities in this country to ensure that everyone does their part,” he said .
Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.