As the end of Title 42, the public health order that barred illegal migrants from entering the country during the Coronavirus Pandemic, nears its end, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has attacked Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) and federal authorities for their lack of action.
Mayor Adams announced Sunday that he is expecting 10 to 15 busloads of migrants to arrive in the city in the coming days as migrants flood to the Big Apple.
“Please be advised that due to the lifting of Title 42 later this week, the City is expecting a higher amount of asylum seeker buses beginning today with 2 buses today and 10-15 more expected in the next two days,” City Hall said in a statement obtained by The New York Post.
“We have diligently advocated for support from our Federal & State partners as we cannot continue to address this issue alone,” the statement continued with it emphasizing that the city expects to see 1,000 new migrants each week once Title 42 is lifted.
The problem has become so burdensome for the city that the annual “State of the City’s Economy and Finances” report has found that New York City taxpayers will fork over $1 billion every year to pay through 2026 to pay for housing, food, education, and various other expenses, according to Fox News.
“This can’t continue. With the expiration of Title 42 just days away, we need the federal government — both in the administration and in Congress — to share their plans to move asylum seekers to other cities, to allow asylum seekers to work, and to send aid to the cities that have borne the brunt of this crisis,” Mayor Adams released in a statement Sunday. “We need our partners in the state to acknowledge they too have a responsibility here, and to provide the resources we’ve asked.”
“We need advocates that speak on behalf of the most vulnerable to step up and press the state and federal government to act,” he pleaded, adding that “we need New Yorkers to understand that, so far, they have been asked to shoulder this burden almost entirely alone, despite the fact that this challenge originated far beyond our city’s borders.”
“Our shelter system is full, and we are nearly out of money, staff, and space. Truth be told, if corrective measures are not taken soon, we may very well be forced to cut or curtail programs New Yorkers rely on, and the pathway to house thousands more is uncertain,” the statement explained, concluding that these “are not choices we want to make, but they may become necessary, and I refuse to be forced to choose new arrivals over current New Yorkers. I’ll say it again — we need a plan, we need assistance, and we need it now.”
Mayor Adams is finally beginning to understand the hard choices that face border communities and states every single day. The failure of the federal government to adequately handle the crisis on the border is shameful and the end of Title 42 is just going to see an exacerbation of the problem. President Biden must act because if he doesn’t, this crisis will only get worse.
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