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New York City suing rural counties like Cayuga, Yates for migrant orders preventing local motels from accepting asylum seekers

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New York City is suing the counties who don’t want to accept migrants.

Several Finger Lakes area counties who declared a state of emergency over the migrant crisis are named in a suit brought by New York City officials.


“Since this crisis began, New York City has — virtually on its own — stepped up to provide shelter, food, clothing, and other services to asylum seekers arriving in our city. We are doing our part and will continue to do our part, but we need every locality across the state to do their part as well,” said Mayor Eric Adams.

He stated that the city’s shelter system is at capacity and blasted communities who declared a state of emergency – blocking local hotels from accepting migrants.


“We have repeatedly sounded the alarm that our shelter system is at capacity and that we are out of space. While many communities have been overwhelmingly supportive and enthusiastic about welcoming these new arrivals to their cities and towns, some elected officials have attempted to build metaphorical walls around their localities with unlawful executive orders,” Adams continued. “This lawsuit aims to put an end to this xenophobic bigotry and ensure our state acts as one as we work together to manage this humanitarian crisis fairly and humanely, as we have done from the beginning and as we will continue to do.”

Cayuga and Schuyler counties have enacted executive orders that prevent local hotels from entering into agreements with the city to house migrants.