New York City declares 'state of emergency' over migrant crisis

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has declared a state of emergency to address a "crisis situation" over an influx of migrants. The number of people in New York City’s overwhelmed homeless shelters headed for a record amid the influx of thousands of migrants from Latin America.

He spoke as the population of the city’s main shelter system, which stood at 61,379 on Thursday, was set to break the record of 61,415 set in 2019. At least nine more migrant buses arrived on Friday.

Republican states like Texas, Arizona and Florida have been sending migrants to Democratic areas in recent months.

It's part of a row with the White House as unprecedented numbers of people arrive at the US-Mexico border.

Since September, an average of five to six buses have been arriving in the city each day, Mr Adams said at a press conference on Friday. He said that one in five people in the city shelter system is currently an asylum seeker.

Many of those arriving are families with school-aged children and are in serious need of medical care, he said.

The influx is on track to cost New York $1bn (£900m) this fiscal year, and the mayor is calling for federal and state funding to help with the costs.

"New Yorkers are angry," said Mayor Adams. "I am angry too. We have not asked for this. There was never any agreement to take on the job of supporting thousands of asylum seekers."


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