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New York City Mayor Eric Adams is begging for the federal government's help over an influx of asylum-seekers in the Big Apple, using the opportunity to take shots at Texas and Arizona.
What is Adams saying?
Adams released a statement on Tuesday demanding "federal resources immediately" to address the influx of migrants.
The statement said New York City has experienced a "sharp increase" of migrants heading to the city, with more than 2,800 entering the city's shelter system. By city law, individuals without a home are obligated to a bed provided by the city.
Currently, New York City is experiencing a marked increase in the number of asylum seekers who are arriving from Latin America and other regions. In some instances, families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases, it appears that individuals are being sent by the federal government.
In order to both meet the legal mandate as a right-to-shelter city and provide high-quality shelter and services for those who enter our system, New York City needs additional federal resources immediately.
Politico reported the number of people sleeping in New York City homeless shelters has risen more than 3,000 people over the last three months, with the majority of that increase coming over the past six weeks.
How did Texas and Arizona respond?
Both states denied transporting migrants to New York City. However, they have been sending them to Washington, D.C.
"Mayor Adams needs to get his facts straight and pay closer attention to what’s really occurring because our nation’s security depends on it. The State of Arizona is providing voluntary transportation for asylum seekers only to Washington, D.C., not NY," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey responded.
"President Biden created the crisis at the border — he’s failed to respond to calls for action and refuses to even visit the border, so we’re bringing the issue a little closer to home for him," he added. "The President’s policies have placed overwhelming burdens on Arizona communities. It’s convenient that these liberal mayors are finally speaking up on this humanitarian crisis once it affects their communities, even though our program does not charter to New York City."
Meanwhile, Renae Eze, a spokesperson for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), described Adams' claims as "baseless political accusations."
"If these Democrat mayors are now that concerned about having migrants in their cities, they should call on President Biden to do his job and secure the border, instead of attacking Texas with baseless political accusations," Eze said, according to Politico.
In response, a spokesman for the mayor's office did not address the fact that Texas and Arizona disputed Adam's claims, but instead said Abbott and Ducey "should have more compassion for those seeking asylum in this country."
"If they need financial help, they should ask for it instead of heartlessly sending asylum seekers on their way with a one-way ticket," the spokesman added, WNBC-TV reported.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News