NYC Mayor Eric Adams asked Tuesday for federal help from the government for the sharp increase of asylum seekers, especially from Latin America, that the city has recently registered in the system of shelters for the homeless.
In a note, the Mayor’s Office said that the city shelters have received 2,800 asylum seekers from Latin America and other regions in the last six or seven weeks, so he called for government assistance both financial and technical at the risk of overflow.
In the statement to the mayor, he said that people are reportedly being sent by the federal government in some cases.
In a later speech, in which he announced a project to support the homeless, Adams told the media that the shelter system is overburdened.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser this week made a similar call to her New York counterpart, noting that migrants are being tricked into taking buses from southern states.
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The Texas and Arizona administrations have been offering transportation to migrants to the capital as a way of protesting President Joe Biden’s weak immigration policies.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey specified on Twitter that his state is giving voluntary transportation to asylum seekers only to Washington, DC, but considered it appropriate for Democratic mayors to finally speak out about this humanitarian crisis.