NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for the federal government to provide additional funding to help New York City handle the influx of migrants arriving in the city.
The mayor said that he appreciated the governor’s initiative, but that the city was far from alone in handling the migrant crisis. He noted that the city had received assistance from state government, faith-based groups, grassroots organizations, and healthcare providers. He added that the city was prepared to continue offering aid, but did need additional resources to meet its responsibilities.
Mayor de Blasio also pointed out that many of the migrants were coming from Central America, and thus the federal government needed to step in to ensure the safe and orderly processing of asylum claims. He called on Congress to act quickly and provide generous assistance to the city to ensure it has the resources to support these migrants and their families.