New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ administration has announced that it will be handing out flyers to migrants at the border, begging them to go elsewhere.
Over 90,000 border crossers have ended up in the Big Apple since last Spring, and Adams announced on Thursday that the city has “reached full capacity.”
Despite their resources being stretched completely thin, 300-500 migrants still arrive in the city daily.
To try to stop the flow of migrants, border crossers will be given a flyer that explains “housing in NYC is very expensive” and “the cost of food, transportation, and other necessities in NYC is the highest in the United States.”
The flyers also say that “there is no guarantee we will be able to provide shelter and services to new arrivals” and urges the migrants to “please consider another city as you make your decision about where to settle in the U.S.”
The flyers are available in both English and Spanish.
While announcing the flyer, the mayor’s office said, “New York City is at capacity, having responded in the absence of state or federal action. In the coming days, the city will begin providing 60 days’ notice to adult asylum seekers to find alternative housing paired with intensified casework services to help adult asylum seekers explore other housing options and take the next step in their journey. Each asylum seeker given notice will have multiple touchpoints with case workers over their 60 days to discuss their options and plan their next steps.”
“New York City has done more than any other level of government to address this national crisis, providing shelter, food, services, and much more to more than 90,000 asylum seekers since last spring,” said Mayor Adams. “With more than 54,800 asylum seekers still currently in our care, this effort will intensify adult asylum seekers’ casework services over the next two months to help them take the next step on their journey and ensure we have a bed to place children and families at night. For more than a year now, New York City has responded to this crisis alone — we need our state and federal partners to step up.”
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom echoed Mayor Adams’ statement about the “humanitarian crisis” being caused by the open border.
“As we continue to tackle this humanitarian crisis, we must devise novel ways of moving people within and through our system to find where they will ultimately settle,” said Williams-Isom. “This policy will allow greater flexibility in assisting asylum seekers finding where they may settle here in the city or with loved ones and friends. The city is and will continue to help individuals and families find shelter and connect with services at their initial connection point with us. We must then work together with partners at all levels of government to find options for where people will settle in order to continue relieving the pressure on New York City.”
In 2021, Adams claimed that New York City would remain a “sanctuary city” under his administration.
“We should protect our immigrants.” Period.
Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration. #EricOnNBC
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) October 20, 2021
More recently, however, Mayor Adams has called the rising number of illegal migrants “a real burden on New Yorkers.”
— Ethan Harsell (@ethan_harsell) May 15, 2023