NYC mayor declares state of emergency amid migrant bus bus crisis

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to the thousands of Hispanic migrants who have been bussed from the US southern border into the city in recent months, disrupting the homeless shelter system. of the city is under pressure.

The city expects to spend $1 billion to manage the influx of asylum seekers, Adams said in a city hall speech. More than 17,000 have come to New York since April; An average of five or six buses a day have been arriving since early September, with nine buses entering the city on Thursday, said Adams, a Democrat.

The wave of arrivals has set a record for the number of people in shelters in the city.

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“While our compassion is limitless, our resources are not,” Adams said, calling on federal and state governments to lend support. “We are on the brink of an abyss.”

The state of emergency will make it easier for city authorities to coordinate their response more quickly, Adams said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican seeking a third term in the November midterm elections, has brought more than 3,000 migrants to New York as part of a deliberate effort to draw attention to record crossings at the border between the US and Mexico.

Adams has criticized Abbott for failing to warn city officials about sending migrants north.

“Thousands of asylum seekers have been bussed into New York City and simply dropped off without notice, coordination or care,” Adams said Friday, calling it a “manufactured crisis.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, recently flew a group of about 50 migrants to the wealthy enclave of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Those on board the plane have said they have been misled. read more

Democrats have accused Abbott and DeSantis of using vulnerable migrants as political props, while Republicans have blamed President Joe Biden’s administration for failing to turn the tide at the border.

The Democrat-controlled city of El Paso has brought about 7,000 migrants to New York since late August, though city leaders say they are coordinating with New York officials, unlike Abbott. read more

Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, DC, declared a state of emergency in that city last month, created a new office to handle incoming migrants and called on the federal government for financial aid. read more

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Reporting by Joseph Ax Editing by Alistair Bell

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