Mayor Eric Adams is calling on the government to help with the influx of asylum seekers into New York City

NEW YORK (WABC)– Mayor Eric Adams is again calling on the federal government to help with the influx of asylum seekers into New York City.

The mayor held a rally outside City Hall on Sunday afternoon, urging Congress and FEMA to do their part to address the southern border crisis.

Congress recently approved $800 million to support the influx, but that’s not all for New York. New York will end up spending more to help asylum seekers.

Mayor Adams says that while New York City needs many more resources, it has no intention of slowing down its aid to new immigrants.

“Give me your arms, your huddled masses longing to breathe freely. Isn’t that the one we’re talking about today? That’s what the instigators are about,” said Al Taylor, a member of the New York State Assembly.

With the support of elected officials, immigrant advocacy groups and organizations helping asylum seekers from around the world, the mayor is sending a message to the federal government that a plan is needed to support a city with a long history of helping newcomers.

“This is the moment that will judge us in history as we always have. We will arrive at the moment that is expected of us,” Mayor Adams said.

Frank Jerson arrived four months ago and says the support he received in New York City enabled him to get a job.

Jerson was an engineer in Venezuela and has already put his skills to use helping support family members back home.

The newest humanitarian and relief center for newcomers will soon open at the state-controlled Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal.

But the city is calling on FEMA to find a longer-term solution not just for New York but other cities struggling with the influx of ties as hundreds more arrive each day.

“This is in addition to the 40,000 people who have already arrived in our city. Those in our shelters, which are in our school system, our health care system, we need a federal strategy, a federal strategy that doesn’t just put people on a bus and send them to New York City,” said the New York City mayor’s immigrant affairs commissioner , Manuel Castro.

Mayor Adams said New York must be extra prepared for even more arrivals if the Supreme Court eventually allows Title 42 to expire. That’s the pandemic rule imposed by the Trump administration, making it even harder to seek asylum in the United States.

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