New York City Mayor Eric Adams announces a lawsuit against 30 New York counties that have issued executive orders to prevent the city from placing asylum-seekers in their jurisdictions. The lawsuit argues that these orders hinder the city’s efforts to address a statewide humanitarian crisis. New York City is providing shelter to over 47,200 asylum-seekers and urges other localities in the state to contribute their fair share.
The lawsuit challenges the counties’ claims that public safety would be compromised by hosting migrants in private hotels, deeming these concerns unfounded. Mayor Adams emphasizes the city’s repeated warnings about exceeding its capacity to house migrants.
Previously, a judge temporarily blocked Mayor Adams from sending more asylum-seekers to Orange County, which was among the first counties to issue an executive order prohibiting their placement in private hotels. The ruling allowed the migrants already present in the county to remain.
Mayor Adams has proposed the idea of housing migrants in private homes and houses of worship as the city continues to address the ongoing influx.