Mayor Eric Adams On Migrant Crisis: NYC Bearing “Burden” Of “National Problem”

Eric Adams, mayor of New York City, has said that different communities around the United States should share the duty of caring for asylum seekers who breach the U.S.-Mexico border.

“When you look at the price tag, $30 million comes nowhere near what the city is paying for a national problem,” Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, he mentioned the federal funding New York City is receiving to cover migrant-related expenses including shelters, food, and healthcare.

The city had initially been requested $350 million in federal funding.

“We’ve spent over a billion dollars,” he also says. “We’re projected to spend close to $4.3 billion, if not more.”

Mayor Eric Adams On Migrant Crisis: Nyc Bearing "Burden" Of "National Problem"

According to Adams, more than 70,000 refugees have recently arrived in New York City, and 42,000 are still under the city’s care.

On May 22, 2023, CBS News shared a tweet and statement on its Twitter Account:

Democrat Mayor Adams visited the border for the first time in January, months after declaring an emergency due to the influx of migrants into New York City. Cities, he added, were being “undermined” because of the burden of caring for migrants, and he urged federal leaders to find a solution.

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Local leaders pushed back on Adams’s plan to put migrants at hotels in upstate New York when he unveiled the project earlier this month.

“We believe the entire state should participate in a decompression strategy,” he stated on Sunday. “It’s unfortunate that there have been some lawmakers and counties that are not carrying on their role of assuring that this is a decompression strategy throughout the state.” 

Adams argued that the United States government should take a more active role in determining the relocation locations of migrants.

“We have 108,000 cities, villages, towns,” Adams stated. “If everyone takes a small portion of that and if it’s coordinated at the border to ensure that those who are coming here to this country in a lawful manner is actually moved throughout the entire country, it is not a burden on one city.” 

According to a recent CBS News poll, the number of Americans open to temporarily welcoming migrants into their towns varies by political affiliation and geographic location. Only 37% of Americans believed their city had the resources to house migrants, even though 52% of Americans advocated doing so.

To a greater extent than Republicans, Democrats welcomed immigration.

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