The Mayor of New York City says that the illegal immigration crisis has ‘destroyed’ his city, and noted that the Biden administration has done nothing to help deal with the problem they created.
“The city is being destroyed by the migrant crisis,” said Mayor Eric Adams (D) in a Friday panel discussion hosted by the African American Mayors Association in Washington D.C.
Adams’ comments came one day after he signed an executive order which extended the state of emergency in NYC over the influx of illegal immigrants.
“The City now faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that requires it to take extraordinary measures,” reads the order.
According to city Comptroller Brad Lander in an April 7 report, the city has had to ramp up its provisions for shelter by over 75% due to the influx of more than 55,000 foreigners claiming to be seeking asylum over the past year.
Meanwhile, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget says that the full cost of providing shelter and other services to refugees is around $1.4 billion this year, and will be $2.8 billion in 2024.
“New York State and (to a lesser extent) the federal government have begun to offer some assistance, though less than their appropriate share. But even with federal and state support, the current approach is beyond what the City of New York can reasonably sustain,” wrote Lander.
Adams on Wednesday slammed the Biden administration for leaving New York City high and dry when it comes to the influx of illegals.
“The national government has turned its back on New York City,” Adams said during a City Hall press conference. “We’re here today telling the White House we have been extremely patient. We’ve allowed the coordination of all of our agencies to come together to deal with this response.”
“This is in the lap of the president of the United States.“
Adams also expressed concern over the Biden administration trying to get rid of Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows the US to rapidly expel migrants who have entered the country illegally, warning that “52,000 [asylum seekers] could jump to 100,000 if we don’t get this under control.”
Adams’ administration has proposed measures that include providing access to humanitarian parole for illegal immigrants, including expediting work authorization.
New York officials have said that they’ve received around $8 million from state and federal sources, which pales in comparison to the over $4 billion in related expenses the city is expected to incur through 2024 due to the migrant influx. -Epoch Times
In his April 20 executive order, Adams said that the thousands of illegals which have flooded New York City have created an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”