Mayor Adams: NYC Right-to-Shelter Law Not for Asylum-Seekers

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, struggling with an influx of migrants sent from other states, said Wednesday that asylum-seekers are not covered under the city’s right-to-shelter law, which provides shelter to anyone who asks.

Earlier this month, Adams said more than 36,000 migrants have been sent to New York since the spring and that 24,000 remain. He has decried the move as “unfair” because it is draining the city’s resources. New York City has declared itself a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.

“We don’t believe asylum-seekers fall into the whole right-to-shelter conversation,” Adams said Wednesday morning during an interview on WABC-AM. “This is a crisis that must be addressed based on what was created on this national platform.”

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