Why has New York City declared an emergency
New York City declared a state of emergency on Friday
The city has seen a big influx of immigrants since April
Republican border states are bussing immigrants to Blue states
New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency over the influx of migrants to the city. Buses full of migrants who have ventured into the United States primarily from South America have been coming into New York for months. According to Mayor Adams, the city is ill equipped to deal with the sudden influx.
What’s going on in New York?
The New York City mayor’s office says nearly 17,000 migrants have been bussed to the city since April. Republican governors from around the country have been filling up buses with asylum seekers and sending them to New York and other Democrat-led states to protest the Biden administration’s border policies.
New York, Washington and several other blue states are currently facing an immigrant crisis, the kind, Republicans say, they continually face owing to the migrant influx caused by Biden’s policies.
Emergency, now what?
Eric Adams, former cop-turned-New York City mayor, signed an executive order on Friday, October 6, calling on city agencies to take a coordinated approach to deal with the influx. The Democrat mayor has called for relief centres to be built around the city to house asylum seekers.
Adams said Friday that buses started coming in from April and since September, the city has received at least six buses per day. “This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America, and it is being accelerated by American political dynamics,” the mayor added.
The cost of giving asylum
The New York City mayor said the city will spend nearly a million dollars this year to initially provide temporary shelter to asylum seekers and then permanent ones as well as to provide healthcare.
Most of those coming into the city are adults who do not have the legal right to work in the United States. Many have school-going children with them and some are in need of medical assistance, Adams said.
“We have not asked for this. There was never any agreement to take on the job of supporting thousands of asylum seekers. This responsibility was simply handed to use without warning as buses began showing up,” said Adams, adding, “We are going to do what we have to do in New York, but we do need help to deal with this crisis that we’re facing.”