Sanctuary Mayor Eric Adams Whines NYC's Migrant Crisis 'Is Just Not Sustainable'

Emma Campbell | August 1, 2023
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned residents Monday that the city's migrant crisis is only going to get worse, placing most of the blame on the Biden administration’s inaction to provide adequate relief.

Adams spoke to reporters in a response to a video circulating on social media that shows mass groups of asylum-seekers sleeping on the sidewalk outside the city’s historic Roosevelt Hotel, which has recently been converted into a migrant processing and sheltering center.

“I was at the Roosevelt on Saturday. And I went there on Sunday, people lined up around the block, hurting the businesses there…We put buses there for cooling systems, but it’s just not sustainable,” Adams said, according to the New York Post.

“Eventually this is going to come to a neighborhood near you, and it is — 91,000 people,” Adams said.

NYC’s migrant problem has been growing out of control since last year, with more than 93,000 recent border crossers having arrived in the city since the spring of 2022. Adams emphasized that the city has run out of space and effectively has no more capacity to take in migrants.

“We have to figure out a way of how we don’t have what’s in other municipalities, where you have tent cities all over the city,” Adams said. “We have to figure out how we’re going to locate the lives of the inevitable, that there’s no more room indoors, and we have to figure that out, and that’s what I’ve got the team working on right now."

“It’s not going to get any better—from this moment on is downhill," he added.

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Adams asserted that one of the biggest hindrances to finding a viable solution to the issue is a lack of appropriate response from the White House. Adams made a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to talk with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, during which time Mayorkas promised a liaison between the administrations specifically focused on the migrant crisis in NYC. Adams, though, said that an aide is not nearly enough to address his city’s crisis.

“Having someone embedded is a good start,” the mayor said. “We want to thank them. But I have been very clear on what we need: We need to allow people to work. There’s nothing more anti-American than you can’t work! We need to control the border.”

Adams’ budget office has previously estimated that the influx of migrants will cost NYC approximately $4.3 billion in just its first two years, but Biden has so far only provided or promised a total of $143 million. New York City is legally obligated to provide shelter for anyone who wants it, but the current situation is placing the city in jeopardy of a possible lawsuit due to the number of migrants left to sleep outside while waiting for beds.

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