Mayor Eric Adams’ office warns NYC lawmakers of flood of Title 42 migrants

The number of migrants entering the Big Apple is expected to surge this week with the repeal of Title 42 – with 10 to 15 busloads of asylum seekers expected to arrive over the next two days, according to dire warnings from Mayor Eric Adams and City Hall on Sunday.

In an email to city council members and their staff, the Adams administration noted that New York City’s emergency shelter system was working at full capacity and emphasized that it had reached out to Gov. Kathy Hochul and President Biden for help obtain.

“Please note that due to the lifting of Title 42 later this week, the city anticipates 2 buses starting today and 10-15 more in the next two days with a higher number of asylum seeker buses,” City Hall said as obtained by The Post News.

“We have worked diligently to support our federal and state partners as we cannot continue to address this issue alone,” it said.

City officials expect over 1,000 new arrivals each week once the pandemic-related immigration restriction ends Wednesday, Adams said in a statement released later Sunday. The Trump-era order, known as Title 42, allowed border police to swiftly deport migrants who had entered the country illegally.

“We have already received more than 31,000 asylum seekers in our city and currently have 60 shelters, four humanitarian assistance centers and two welcome centers open,” Hizzoner said in the statement.

“We have been told in no uncertain terms to expect an influx of buses from the border starting today and that more than 1,000 additional asylum seekers will be arriving in New York City each week.”

Arrival of buses from Texas.
The city expects “2 buses [of migrants] today and 10-15 more are expected in the next two days.”
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Adams and his administration blamed the state and federal governments for not providing the financial support and other resources the city needs to deal with the crisis.

“We need help from Washington,” Adams, who declared a state of emergency in October because of the migrant crowds, pleaded Sunday night before attending a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony in Manhattan.

New York, a haven city, has submitted a $1 billion funding request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to compensate them for housing tens of thousands of asylum seekers arriving from the southern border, data shows, the latest week were released.

About 47 migrants arrive and are greeted at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan after being boarded a bus from Texas.  September 6, 2022.

About 47 migrants arrive and are welcomed at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on September 6, 2022.


21,300 migrants were taken to the city’s overcrowded emergency shelter system.


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Buses carrying migrants from Texas arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Migrants arrive at the New York City Port Authority terminal after being dispatched from Texas by Gov. Greg Abbott after crossing the border.


Buses carrying migrants from Texas arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Around 31,000 migrants have been sent to New York since the spring.


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“Our pleas for support have been largely ignored. And while the New York federal delegation has repeatedly pleaded for funding to be sent back to New York City, many in Congress — both Republicans and Democrats — have refused to lift a finger,” Adams said in Sunday’s statement.

“It can not go on like this. With Title 42 just days away from expiry, we need the federal government — both in the administration and in Congress — to share their plans to move asylum seekers to other cities, allow asylum seekers to work, and provide aid to cities who have borne the brunt of this crisis.”

About 31,000 migrants have been sent to New York since the spring, and the government has housed 21,400 of them in its overcrowded emergency shelter system, according to city data released last Monday. More buses carrying migrants arrived on Sunday, Adams spokesman Fabien Levy told The Post.

Migrants from Central and South America are transported to an aid center near the residence of US Vice President Kamala Harris after being dropped off in Washington, DC September 15, 2022.
Migrants from Central and South America are transported to a relief center after being dropped off in Washington, DC September 15, 2022.
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A “concerned” Zoom conference call was held among city officials last week about the pending situation, when Adams publicly admitted he was worried about an influx on Thursday, The Post previously reported.

The city council has scheduled two days of hearings – Monday and Tuesday – to address the crisis.

Local Democrats and Republicans alike criticized Democrat-controlled DC for failing New York.

“The president’s failure means less money going into our parks, schools, hospitals and everything else you can think of. A billion dollars is a lot of money,” said Joe Borelli, City Council Minority Leader (R-Staten Island).

Councilor Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) added: “Is anyone in Washington listening? I have no idea what they are waiting for. Do we have to beg?”

“With the city’s emergency shelter system bursting at the seams, a looming financial crisis and a mass exodus of taxpayers, New Yorkers can no longer accommodate asylum seekers,” Queens Council member Robert Holden, Democrat, told The Post.

“We cannot and should not continue to burden taxpayers for the federal government’s failure to deal with this crisis. President Biden and the US Congress must solve this problem at the border.”

Then-President Donald Trump introduced Title 42 in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic to block immigrants who might have been infected with the coronavirus from entering the United States.

Under Title 42, law enforcement officers removed 2.5 million migrants apprehended at the border, according to government statistics.

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an offer by Republican-run states to stay a lower court’s decision in November ending the program on December 21.

The Department of Homeland Security said last week the U.S. is not ready to handle “the current volume of migration nor the increased volume we anticipate over the coming weeks and months.”

The agency had previously estimated that the southern border could see up to 18,000 additional migrants per day according to the latest count if the measure assumed around 7,500 per day.

Seventeen migrants, mostly from Venezuela and Honduras, who were housed at the Bellevue homeless shelter in NYC, are loaded onto a yellow school bus for transfer to a homeless shelter in Brooklyn.
Seventeen migrants, mostly from Venezuela and Honduras, who were housed at the Bellevue homeless shelter are loaded onto a yellow school bus for transfer to a home in Brooklyn.
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A wave of migrants at the El Paso crossing before the end of the measure had prompted the border city to declare a state of emergency on Saturday as asylum seekers had to fend for themselves on the streets as shelters were overcrowded.

DHS had asked Congress for $3 billion in funding to combat the surge, and the city’s federal funding request, made ahead of a $2.9 billion budget deficit, was under review by FEMA officials .

Almost 30,000 refugees were granted asylum in 2020 before Title 42 came into effect. The number of migrants admitted over the next year dropped to 11,840, according to DHS statistics.

Title 42 has been unevenly enforced on asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and Mexico because Mexico allows the US to send them back across the border.

The measure was less likely to be applied to Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans due to difficult diplomatic relations with their countries.

The Biden administration had applied the policy to single adults or families, not children traveling alone. Anyone entering the country to avoid violence or political persecution can apply for asylum under US and international law.

Additional reporting by Haley Brown

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