As a high number of migrants were bussed into New York City on Sunday, city officials are considering legal options to respond to the waves of asylum seekers that continue to arrive in the city, officials said.
At least nine buses arrived in the city on Sunday, the most recorded in a single day in this latest wave, according to two city officials. At least 1,011 asylum seekers have arrived in the city since Friday Sunday, according to a third municipal official.
The city may not be aware of more migrants arriving in recent days.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Monday that officials are evaluating how to respond to the influx of migrants, including exploring legislative options.
“Once we have determined how we will continue to fulfill our legal and moral obligations, we will announce it. Until then, we’re letting people know what we’re thinking and how we’re going to find creative ways to solve this man-made humanitarian crisis,” Adams said at an unrelated event.
The mayor pointed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott as responsible for the current situation.
“I think the governor of Texas and others are to blame for creating this man-made humanitarian crisis, that’s what I think,” he said.
Texas has spent more than $12 million to bus migrants to Washington and New York, according to data from the Texas Division of Emergency Management. As part of Governor Abbott’s response to the Biden administration’s immigration policies, the state has moved more than 11,000 migrants to New York, Washington and Chicago since August, Abbott’s office announced last week.
Adams said he has spoken to the mayor of El Paso and told him that New York City cannot take in many asylum seekers. The mayor said the city has been in contact with Abbott’s office, adding that the Texas governor and his team have not been open to communication.
CNN is reaching out to Governor Abbott’s office and the city of El Paso for comment.
Adams reiterated that New York City is still a sanctuary city, but stressed that it cannot handle such a massive influx of migrants.
“We’re not telling anyone that New York can take every migrant in the city,” the mayor said Monday. “We don’t encourage people to send eight, nine buses a day. That’s not what we’re doing. We are saying that as a sanctuary city with a right of refuge, we will fulfill that obligation. That’s what we’re doing.”
An asylum seeker killed herself at a city shelter on Sunday, according to Adams, who said the woman was her mother.
The city could not provide details about the woman or her death, but Adams said the death “really highlights how real this problem is.”
Our hearts break for this young woman and the loved ones she may have, and we, as a city, mourn. This tragedy reminds us that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need,” said the mayor in a statement released by his office.