New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared the city to be in a state of emergency on Friday after thousands of migrants were transported to the city from southern states.
According to The Guardian, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been transporting migrants to the city, causing the crisis. The Associated Press reports that five to six buses of migrants are still arriving daily.
Republican officials in Texas and Arizona have transported migrants to Democratic states in order to pressure the Biden administration to change immigration and border polices.
Why did the New York City mayor declare a state of emergency?
New York City has not been able to keep up with the demand of resources necessary for the influx of migrants. The Associated Press reports that the demands to provide housing and other resources isn’t sustainable.
The city is still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the addition of this migrant crisis has added more stress to New York. According to CNN, the mayor called for the state of emergency to respond to the crisis and for federal and state aid to help the migrants.
The New York City mayor said that the city has and will always look out for immigrants, but is currently strained with the pressure and influx of asylum-seekers.
How will New York improve the migrant crisis?
Adams announced a Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center to help migrants and aid them in finding a place to relocate, per The Hill.
The city also has been currently utilizing hotels to shelter migrants, and will be exploring a program to have citizens volunteer to house migrants in their homes.
The city will also be building more humanitarian centers, according to The Associated Press.