New York Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday over the “humanitarian crisis” of thousands of asylum-seekers who are being sent to his city from out of state.
Adams slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for exacerbating the issue and enacted Emergency Executive Order 224, which directs "all relevant city agencies to coordinate their efforts to respond to the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis and construct the city’s Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers," according to a City Hall statement.
“We’re talking potentially 100,000 people going into next year, months away,” Adams told reporters.
New York City has opened 42 hotels as emergency shelters and placed 5,500 migrant children into public schools, since "this humanitarian crisis began" in "fast and urgent action" with "virtually no coordination from states sending them," according to a City Hall statement.
City Hall said it's appealing to Albany and Washington to help foot a $1 billion bill in services to migrants.
The mayor blamed Texas Gov. Abbott for worsening the situation, saying he's "lying" about his role in sending migrants to New York and that "he's untrustworthy."
A representative for Abbott deflected the criticism and told Adams to blame the White House.
"Instead of complaining about a few thousand migrants being bused into his self-declared sanctuary city, Mayor Adams should call on President Biden to take immediate action to secure the border — something the President continues failing to do," Abbott's spokesperson Renae Eze said in a statement to NBC News.
Adams called on all parties to reach an agreement and stop the haphazard shipment of people.
"I think the issue is to do a decompression strategy from the national government to make sure we can ensure these asylum seekers are spread throughout the entire country," Adams said. "We should all be about resolving this issue."
The mayor said city resources are being stretched thin as officials seek to provide housing, food, transportation, health care and administrative assistance to migrants.
“New York has been a role model on how to effectively use our infrastructure to address a crisis and make sure sure we treat people in a humane way," Adams said.
"So we’re not saying, 'Well, here’s what we're required to do.' No. We’re saying (this is) what we’re morally responsible to do.”
The mayor also chided city council members who are allegedly demanding action on the influx but are not willing to take on any of the burden.
“‘House people, but not in my district,’” Adams said. “You can’t have it both ways.”