NEW YORK (WABC) – Mayor Eric Adams is again calling on the federal government to help deal with the influx of asylum seekers in New York.
On Sunday afternoon, the mayor held a rally outside City Hall calling on Congress and FEMA to do their part in solving the crisis at the southern border.
Congress recently approved $800 million in influx relief, but that’s not all for New York. New York will end up spending more than that to help asylum seekers.
Mayor Adams says that while New York needs a lot more resources, he has no intention of slowing down on helping new immigrants.
“Give me your poor, your huddled masses who want to breathe free. Isn’t that what we’re talking about today? That’s what the instigators are talking about,” said New York State Assemblyman Al Taylor.
With the support of elected officials, immigrant advocacy groups and organizations that help asylum seekers from around the world, the mayor is sending a message to the federal government that a plan is needed to support a city with a long history of supporting newcomers.
“This is a moment that will judge us in history, as we have always done. We will reach the moment that is expected of us,” said Mayor Adams.
Frank Gerson arrived four months ago and says the support he received in New York allowed him to get a job.
Jerson was an engineer in Venezuela and has already applied his skills and is helping to support family members back home.
The latest humanitarian and emergency aid center for new arrivals will open soon at the state-run Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal.
However, the city is calling on FEMA to come up with a longer-term solution not just for New York, but for other cities dealing with an influx of ties as hundreds more continue to arrive each day.
“This is on top of the 40,000 people who have already arrived in our city. Who is in our shelters, who is in our school system, our health care system, we need a federal strategy, a federal strategy that doesn’t just put people on a bus and send them away them to New York,” said New York City Mayor’s Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Manuel Castro.
Mayor Adams said New York must be especially prepared for even more arrivals if the Supreme Court eventually allows Section 42 to end, a pandemic rule imposed by the Trump administration that makes it even more difficult to seek asylum in the United States.
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