An immigrant advocacy group took aim at New York City Mayor Eric Adams, claiming the mayor is using asylum seekers as “props” to obtain more federal money.
“Mayor Adams should not be using asylum seekers as props to get the attention of the Biden administration or discourage asylum seekers from coming to New York,” Murad Awawdeh, the executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said, according to a report in The Associated Press.
The comments come after days of newly arriving migrants have overwhelmed the city, with the already-full Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan seeing lines of asylum seekers waiting outside the building and sleeping on the sidewalk as they await placement at a city shelter.
ASYLUM SEEKERS SLEEP ON NEW YORK CITY SIDEWALK WITH MANHATTAN’S ROOSEVELT HOTEL AT FULL CAPACITY
Adams has said that the city is out of room to host more migrants and attempted to discourage them from coming to New York.
However, Awawdeh believes the city could be doing more, arguing that people should not be left out to sleep on the street.
“It’s hard to imagine that there are not enough beds to actually accommodate the people that the Adams administration is leaving out on the street,” he said.