Mayor Eric Adams said an asylum seeker in New York City was killed by suicide on Sunday at a city shelter.
“The thousands of asylum seekers we have seen arriving in our city came to this country in search of a better life. Unfortunately, yesterday at one of our facilities an asylum seeker took her own life,” Adams said in a statement released Monday.
The mayor did not name the person or the shelter and said the city is currently prohibited by law from sharing additional details. It’s unclear how and when the woman arrived in New York City or how long she spent at the shelter.
“Our hearts break for this young woman and all the loved ones she has, and we as a city mourn her,” Adams said. “This tragedy reminds us that we have a duty to do everything in our power to help those in need.”
Adams urged asylum seekers in need of mental health care to contact the city’s Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center by calling 888-NYC-WELL.
“We’re here for you,” Adams said.
The asylum seeker’s death comes as Texas Governor Greg Abbott transports thousands of migrants from the Texas-Mexico border to Democrat-run cities, including NYC, fueling a feud with Adams, which Abbott had mentioned in an earlier interview with ” Nightline” accused of using migrants as “political pawns” amid a crisis on the southern border.
Abbott and Adams spoke to Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts in an Aug. 17 interview in which Adams criticized the Republican governor for not coordinating migrant arrivals with NYC officials and Abbott redoubled his policy of deporting migrants from Texas. busses.
Asked about Adams’ accusation that the policy of moving migrants to New York City is political showmanship and “un-American,” Abbott accused Adams of “playing politics” and called him a “hypocrite.”
“He’s also a hypocrite because New York City is a self-proclaimed ‘holy city,'” Abbott said. “And so why he ever complains for even a moment about these people being taken to a city on buses goes against his own statement that he is a refuge city.”
The term “sanctuary city” refers to municipalities such as New York City that are willing to defy federal immigration laws to protect undocumented immigrants.
Adams said at a June 21 news conference that the city will provide shelter for migrants arriving from Texas under the state’s “right to shelter” law.
But as thousands of asylum seekers arrived in New York City in recent months, the reception system was tense and city officials acknowledged that the NYC Department of Social Services violated New York City’s right to shelter when it failed to place four families overnight. in the shelter.
According to Abbott’s office, the state of Texas has transported more than 8,000 migrants to Washington, D.C., since April, including two buses carrying migrants from Texas that arrived at Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence at the United States Naval Observatory in the capital of the United States. country.
“The bus mission is providing much-needed assistance to our overwhelmed border communities,” the statement said on Sept. 16.
Abbott has also brought more than 2,500 migrants to New York City since August 5, and more than 600 to Chicago since late August, according to the governor’s office.
Armando Garcia of TBEN News contributed to this report.