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NYC Mayor Adams says city has reached a 'breaking point' with illegal arrivals

“For many months we were able to keep the visualization of this crisis from hitting our streets, but we have reached a breaking point," Adams said.

Published: December 27, 2023 6:15pm

Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Wednesday that his city has reached a "breaking point" with the amount of migrants coming into the city in droves. 

“For many months we were able to keep the visualization of this crisis from hitting our streets, but we have reached a breaking point," Adams said during a virtual media briefing with fellow Democrat mayors Brandon Johnson (Chicago) and Mike Johnston (Denver). 

"We are no longer able to do that because of the volume and numbers,” he added. 

Johnson added on the virtual call that these cities are not designed to handle this kind of crisis. 

“We have reached a critical point in this mission that absent real, significant intervention immediately, our local economies are not designed and built to respond to this type of crisis," the Chicago mayor said. "We are literally building a system as we go along."

Over 110,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in New York City this year, forcing Adams to secure housing for each due to the city's right-to-shelter mandate. 

Adams has previously stated that the city could not handle the amount of people arriving and has reached out to President Biden and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul for assistance. 

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