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NYC Says It Welcomes Migrants. The Reality Is More Complicated

The city’s promise to shelter anyone in need has hit a breaking point

A group of migrants from Texas wait in line outside Port Authority Bus Terminal to receive humanitarian assistance on August 10 in New York.
A group of migrants from Texas wait in line outside Port Authority Bus Terminal to receive humanitarian assistance on August 10 in New York.Photographer: Yuki Iwamura/Getty Images

Buses of migrants from the Southern border sent by the Texas governor continued to arrive in New York City this week, testing a repeated promise made by Mayor Eric Adams that all are welcome “with open arms.” 

But the migrants coming by the busload are quickly learning that Adams’s supportive words mask a much harsher reality: A city that can’t really handle them.