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Sanctuary cities across US overwhelmed with migrants

Posted on AllSides May 19th, 2023
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Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Sanctuary cities across the country are scrambling to find space to house an influx of asylum-seekers.

In New York City, the situation has grown dire after taking in more than 60,000 migrants in the last year alone. Nearly 50% of the city’s contracted hotel rooms are occupied by asylum-seekers amid the surging influx, Mayor Eric Adams said recently. 

And now there are talks of “possibly” opening housing facilities on Rikers Island, which houses the city’s largest jail, although the mayor’s office said it is looking at more than 400 locations.

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