NEW YORK — Statements this Wednesday generated immediate criticism from activists and legal groups after New York City Mayor Eric Adams questioned for the first time in recent months whether migrants arriving in the city have a right to a roof at public shelters.
The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the People said in a joint statement, “Anyone in need of asylum, including asylum seekers, has a right to receive it, as established by a number of long-standing court orders and local law.” were determined.”
New York is legally required to provide asylum to anyone, including immigrants, and since last spring at least 42,000 people have been deported either by himself or by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who tried to use that exclusivity. Is. of migrants in Texas.
Some 30,000 arrivals have been housed in public shelters or hotels paid for by the city, creating a humanitarian and economic crisis.
The controversial words were uttered by Adams in an interview with WABC: “We have a moral and legal obligation to follow through (to shelter),” he said, but he quickly qualified that when it came to migrants.
The mayor also said, “We do not believe that asylum seekers fit entirely into this debate on the right to asylum,” later criticized by NGOs.
This obligation – the NGOs said in their joint statement – is not a responsibility that the mayor can decide to avoid, “and he knows it”.
“We once again ask the city council to implement the solutions we proposed last year,” which he believes will reduce the number of people in shelters.
The mayor also indicated in another interview (MSNBC) that he plans to add the four hotels to an extensive list of facilities where he holds immigrants while he awaits financial aid requested from federal officials.
He said, “It is completely unfair that cities bear the burden of a national problem. We are going to open four more hotels.”
The city has signed a $275 million six-month contract with the hotel association to house 5,000 migrants—at $55,000 each—and the agreement includes setting aside entire hotels for this population, as that has recently been published by the New York Post.
The mayor has said a long-term solution is to end immigration reform, but “what’s the short-term plan?” He expressed surprise.