New York, NY—Today, New York City Mayor Adams announced that over 2,800 new asylum seekers from Latin America have arrived in New York City’s shelter system. The Mayor stated that some of these migrants were being sent to New York by bus from Texas and Arizona, while others were sent by the federal government. Texas and Arizona have been busing asylum seekers north, mostly to Washington, D.C., since April 2022.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey should be ashamed of themselves for treating human beings as disposable pawns in their continued political stunts. These politicians continue to show their true, xenophobic colors, and lack of respect for the lives of others. Asylum seekers are real people with families and hopes who are fleeing violence and danger in their home counties, and the U.S. has a humanitarian obligation to welcome them. The New York Immigration Coalition looks forward to working with the NYC Mayor Eric Adams and the NYC City Council to ensure that everyone who makes their way to our city has a safe place to call home. Elected leaders in Texas and Arizona may not value the safety of those who are fleeing persecution or the richness that immigrants add to our communities, but New York always has and always will be a beacon for immigrants.”