A woman seeking asylum in New York City died by suicide last weekend at a shelter, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday.
Adams called the death on Sunday a tragedy and a “reminder that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need,” he said in a statement.
No other information has been released about the death. During an unrelated press conference Monday, Adams called the woman a mother. A spokesman for the mayor’s office did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Adams also said Monday that the city has opened 23 emergency shelters for the 11,600 asylum seekers and migrants who had arrived in the city. He didn’t elaborate on that number or give a timetable, but WABC reported last week that more than 11,000 asylum seekers have come to New York City since May, citing the mayor’s chief adviser. Many of them arrived on buses from Texas.
“This really shows what this problem really is,” Adams said.
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New York City is one of several American refuges that receive migrants from Florida and Texas as government. Greg Abbot and Ron DeSantis sent busloads of migrants from their states in response to the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
Last week, Florida’s DeSantis sent about 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Authorities there on Sunday requested a federal investigation into human trafficking. DeSantis and Abbott have also sent migrants to Chicago and Washington, where some were dropped off outside the home of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Adams called the influx of asylum seekers a “humanitarian crisis created by human hands” in a CNN interview Sunday.
Adams encouraged asylum seekers to take advantage of the mental health services available at the Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center in New York.
Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY
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