In response to the question, “Where is the president of the United States?” Mayor Eric Adams expressed his uncertainty, acknowledging it as a valid query and replied, “That’s a good question.”.
Mayor Eric Adams criticized the influx of undocumented immigrants hitting cities like New York, stating that it should not be occurring. He emphasized that this is a national issue that demands a comprehensive national solution.
During an interview on “Good Day New York,” Adams faced persistent questioning about the migrant problem and its impact.
“That’s an outstanding question. As a community that was making strides and anticipated further progress, we should all be questioning why this is happening to our city,” Adams responded.
He continued, “This shouldn’t only be happening in El Paso or Brownsville, Texas. It shouldn’t be happening in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, or other major cities. No single municipality should bear this burden. A nationwide response is imperative since this is a problem affecting the entire nation.”
These statements from Adams followed reports from Politico indicating his removal from President Joe Biden’s National Advisory Board.
According to Politico, Adams was among several lawmakers who were no longer listed among the 50 prominent Democrats announced by the campaign on Wednesday. This development came after his appointment to the National Advisory Board in March.
Adams has been an outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s handling of the asylum-seekers’ predicament at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Addressing the issue earlier this month, Adams stated, “This is not about the asylum seekers and migrants; we all came from somewhere in pursuit of the American Dream.” He criticized the White House’s inaction on the matter, considering it as irresponsible as the Republican Party’s refusal to enact meaningful immigration reform in Washington.
Adams is not the only Democrat in New York expressing concern about the influx of refugees into the city.
Governor Kathy Hochul, during a television appearance on Monday, remarked that New York State and New York City are overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for undocumented immigrants.
Hochul suggested that the crisis persists in her state, despite reports from border towns indicating a lack of the anticipated surge following the recent expiration of the Title 42 public health program.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” on Saturday, Hochul addressed the ongoing border crisis, saying, “While it’s good news to hear the numbers going down, it’s of little comfort to us because the information we have suggests that the majority of individuals crossing, still in high numbers, are heading to New York State.” It is widely anticipated that this crisis will continue following the expiration of Title 42 last week.
Title 42, an emergency order implemented during the Trump administration, allowed authorities to swiftly deport migrants who entered the United States to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Furthermore, New York City currently harbors nearly 40,000 of the nation’s 61,000 homeless individuals. Hochul acknowledged the strain on the city, remarking, “They are bursting at the seams, and Mayor Adams is doing everything he can under the circumstances.”