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NYC mayor wants more federal help with city overwhelmed with migrants

A Mexican immigration officer talks with migrants.
Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR
A Mexican immigration officer talks with migrants.

Mayor Eric Adams wants the federal government to do more to help New York City when it comes to the migrant crisis

Adams says nearly half of the hotel rooms in the entire city are now taken up by asylum seekers. He says not only taxpayers are footing the bill but its hurting the city economically.

"Instead of monies coming for people who are visiting us and spending and our tourism and our Broadway plays, instead of them using those hotels, we are using those hotels."

He expects a surge in migrants after the city's already taken in tens of thousands over the last year. The mayor says his team is looking into locations to potentially shelter migrants, including closed churches and stand alone school gyms.