The Adams administration informed city councilors and staff members in a mass email that the situation was dire and that he has requested the help of Gov. Kathy Hochul and President Biden.
"Please be advised that due to the lifting of Title 42 later this week, the City is expecting a higher amount of asylum seeker buses beginning today with 2 buses today and 10-15 more expected in the next two days," the message from City Hall explained.
"We have diligently advocated for support from our Federal & State partners as we cannot continue to address this issue alone," it added.
Title 42, a Trump-era policy from the early days of the pandemic that allowed authorities to quickly and efficiently expel migrants on public health grounds, is set to expire on Wednesday, following which the city expects to receive more than 1,000 new arrivals every week.
"We've already received more than 31,000 asylum seekers into our city, and currently have open 60 emergency shelters, four humanitarian relief centers, and two welcome centers," Adams said in a statement on Sunday.
"We have been told in no uncertain terms that, beginning today, we should expect an influx of busses coming from the border and that more than 1,000 additional asylum seekers will arrive in New York City every week," he added.
The Mayor has submitted a request for $1 billion in emergency funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to fund shelter for the tens of thousands of migrants who have descended upon the city.
"Our requests for assistance have been mostly ignored," Adams said in his statement. "And while the New York federal delegation has repeatedly advocated for funding to be sent back to New York City, many in Congress — both Republicans and Democrats — have refused to lift a finger."
"This can’t continue. With the expiration of Title 42 just days away, we need the federal government — both in the administration and in Congress — to share their plans to move asylum seekers to other cities, to allow asylum seekers to work, and to send aid to the cities that have borne the brunt of this crisis," he added.
The crisis has brought together local Democrats and Republicans in panning the federal government's handling of the city's migrant influx.
City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli, a Republican, and Council Member Justin Brannan, a Democrat, have both slammed Biden for not listening to their pleas.
“The President’s failure means that less money will go to our parks, schools, hospitals, and anything else you can imagine. A billion dollars is a lot of money,” said Borelli.
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