Eric Adams Declares State of Emergency in New York City to Respond to Migrant Crisis

Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency for New York City on Friday as the city struggles to respond to an influx of tens of thousands of migrants from Latin America.

Mr. Adams said in a speech at City Hall that the city was preparing to spend $1 billion on its response

and called for federal and state funding to help pay for housing and services for the busloads of migrants who have strained the city’s homeless shelter system.

“We need help, and we need it now,” Mr. Adams said. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from The New York Times

Mr. Adams, a Democrat who took office in January, said the city was moving forward with plans to build a tent intake center on Randalls Island

in the East River just off Manhattan. City officials are also negotiating with cruise ship companies to house migrants on board a ship

Mr. Adams said that the city has been overwhelmed by the roughly 17,000 migrants who have arrived since April and that he expected as many as 100,000 to arrive eventually

The city had set up 42 emergency shelters and enrolled 5,000 children in schools

the mayor said. But he said the city urgently needed more help to provide services to migrants.