(VitalNews.org) – During a Wednesday press briefing, New York City Mayor Eric Adams once again pleaded with the federal government to do something about the migrant crisis as he declared the Big Apple is running out of space and money to house migrants entering the city.
Adams is demanding the federal government declare a national emergency as migrants continue to pour into New York City at an average of 2,500 weekly. With roughly 10,000 arriving every month, Adams said one doesn’t “have to be a mathematician” what this is doing to the city.
Although about 100,000 have passed through, there are currently around 58,000 still in the care of the city, and estimates predict that number will be 100,000 by the summer of 2025. Over the next three years, according to Adams, this could cost the city up to $12 billion if the flow isn’t mitigated.
He’s demanding that the federal government reimburse New York City for some of the overwhelming costs, and he’s also asking to simplify the process of allowing migrants to work legally in order to lessen the financial burden. Adams said “money, appropriate space, and personnel” to deal with the situation are all running out, and that a strategy of “decompression” is needed by the federal government to spread migrants out across the nation in a fair and equal way.
From housing migrants in hotels across the city and an old police academy building to floating the possibility of a “Hooverville” in Central Park, Adams is now proposing a tent city on Randall’s Island to accommodate another 2,000 without shelter.
New York isn’t the only “sanctuary state” feeling the burn. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts over the migrant crisis, although she will receive little sympathy from Republicans who believe her party has brought this upon themselves.
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