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For the past several months, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has said that the city is at a breaking point due to the influx of illegal immigrants arriving and requiring services and assistance.
On Wednesday evening, Adams issued an executive order that suspended the city's right-to-shelter rules. The rule required NYC to quickly provide private rooms to anyone seeking asylum.
"No asylum seeking-family that has sought shelter from us over the last year has slept on the street thanks to our colossal efforts, but without more support from our federal and state partners, we are concerned the worst may be yet to come," a spokesman said in a released statement.
"With over 130 emergency sites and eight humanitarian relief centers already opened, we have reached our limit, and this last week we had to resort to temporarily housing recent arrivals in gyms. In an effort to mitigate those risks and find room within our shelter system, the city has temporarily suspended the policy surrounding timing for placements in shelters. This is not a decision taken lightly and we will make every effort to get asylum seekers into shelter as quickly as possible as we have done since day one," the statement concluded.
In order to accommodate illegal migrants, the city has evicted 20 homeless veterans from upstate hotels and another hotel canceled 30 rooms that had been booked for a wedding.
On Thursday, Adams asked the court to reconsider NYC's status as a 'sanctuary city' in light of the recent flood of migrants.
"The law of sanctuary city was in place long before I became mayor. I'm following the law. As a law enforcement person, you know we follow the law," Adams said.
"We are now in court now, today, asking the judge to revisit this law to deal with this humanitarian crisis because, even when they decided to put in place that law, no one thought they would be dealing with a humanitarian crisis of this proportion," he concluded.
The request from Adams comes days after the Trump-era Title 42 policy ended on May 11 leading to a massive surge of illegal migrants crossing the southern border and inundating border towns and larger cities like New York while the Biden administration has turned its back on states struggling to deal with the flood.