Saturday, May 27, 2023, 1:18 am

SUFFOLK COUNTY, LONG ISLAND (WABC) — Suffolk County is now declaring a state of emergency because of New York’s deportation of asylum seekers.

County Executive Steve Bellon declared a state of emergency on Friday. This formalizes his objection to transporting migrants from New York.

“I issued the emergency order as New York City continues to struggle with a lack of affordable housing options for families and individuals fleeing desperate circumstances and legally seeking asylum,” County Executive Bellon said. “We continue to support Governor Hochul’s coordinated and humane approach to addressing this crisis, and this Emergency Order serves to protect local communities from any costs associated with the potential arrival of asylum seekers.”

The emergency declaration also lays down rules for hotels and shelters, saying they need permission to host asylum seekers.

He is also building a team to coordinate directly with state and local nonprofits.

READ ALSO | Adams, Hachul urge White House to grant expedited work permits for asylum seekers in New York


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