NYC mayor announces changes to handling of asylum seekers
The number of asylum seekers entering New York City since last spring has topped 50-thousand. Mayor Eric Adams will now be trying to send some elsewhere while also making some other changes.
Mayor Eric Adams says his administration is forming the Office of Asylum Seeker Operations and it will focus sending migrants to other areas. He says there's a number of cities across the state and country interested in taking in migrants.
"We are going to move toward long term housing and resettlement including resettlement to pre-vetted cities and municipalities that welcome asylum seekers.
The city will also be opening a new 24-7 Migrant Arrival Center, offering an array of services. Adams says the city is also launching a pilot program with SUNY-Sullivan to provide job training as migrants wait for work permits.