New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that the migrant problem is so severe that illegal aliens are occupying 50% of the hotel rooms within the city.
Adams made these comments on Wednesday, while responding to criticism of his handling the crisis.
“To deal with an invasion, you need to have a place where you can put people. Asylum seekers occupy almost half of hotel rooms. Imagine that. “I’m not certain what it will take for people to hear what I say,” said Adams at a Harlem media briefing.
“New York City, the capital of hotels” “We’re the capital of hotels — tourists, visitors, sports events, graduations,” said he. It’s an important economic engine for us. Nearly 50% of these hotel rooms are occupied by asylum seekers.
The Democrat was criticized from all sides, and even some members of his own party accused him of exaggerating this problem.
Diana Ayala, City Councilwoman said: “It’s impossible.” The math does not add up.
About 65,000 migrants are estimated to have arrived in New York City over the past few months. However, many have been housed in gyms of public schools, emergency shelters and homeless shelters.
Adams demanded that the federal government help his administration to deal with the crisis on the border.
Adams stated that “instead of the money coming from people visiting us, spending on our tourism and Broadway plays — instead of them using these hotels, we are using those hotels.”
The New York Daily News asked a number of hotel officials to confirm Adams’ claim.
Leftists have also criticized him for the reports that his administration wanted to put some migrants on Rikers island.
Officials expect a surge of asylum seekers at the border now that Title 42, an immigration policy from the Trump era, is no longer in effect. This forced the government into allowing asylum seekers to remain in the U.S. pending processing.