New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency Friday in response to the continued arrival of illegal migrants from southern states.
More than 17,000 migrants have been bussed to the city since the spring, a small fraction of the migrant encounters at the border over that timeframe.
Adams said that 1 in five of people in the city’s shelter system is a migrant, which is creating a “crisis,” he said.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America and is being accelerated by American political dynamics,” Adam said Friday. “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.”
“This crisis is not of our own making but one that will affect everyone in this city, now and in the months ahead,” he said. “New Yorkers deserve to know why this is happening and what we plan to do.”
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