Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, is suing 30 counties in New York over local executive orders that forbade the city from hosting migrants in their communities.
Adams, a Democrat, declared a lawsuit on Wednesday, calling the acts of these counties a “unlawful attempt” to stop New York City from reacting to an emergency and humanitarian catastrophe that affects the entire state. The lawsuit requests that the court nullify the regional orders.
In a statement, Adams said, “This lawsuit seeks to end this xenophobic bigotry and ensure our state acts as one as we work together to manage this humanitarian crisis fairly and humanely, as we have done from the beginning and as we will continue to do.”
Tens of thousands of migrants have flooded into the five boroughs of New York City during the past year, overwhelming the city. The city of New York is presently housing more than 47,200 of the more than 74,000 asylum seekers who have sought protection there, the majority of whom entered the country through the southern border, according to the mayor’s office. As many as 900 migrants may have entered the city during several weeks in May, with hundreds arriving every day.