New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday that the U.S. migrant crisis is “a real shame,” adding that it’s “unfair for local governments to shoulder this national responsibility.”
On Tuesday, Adams joined Sid Rosenberg, host of local radio station WABC’s “Sid and Friends in the Morning.” Rosenberg asked about the state of New York’s immigrant crisis.
“It’s a real shame on a national level, and I think we have to respond to it appropriately. We’ve had conversations around immigration issues for decades. This is a national issue. There needs to be a national response to this,” Adams said. .
The radio host also noted that Adams asked President Biden for $1 billion in emergency funding to deal with the influx of immigrants in New York.
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“This is a Biden issue, a Democrat issue, now it’s up to people like you to decide. To be clear and fair, that’s just the truth,” Rosenberg said. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent several busloads of migrants to New York City over the past few months.
Adams said the president must deal with “immediate concerns,” but Congress must act as well.
“But when it comes to immigration, it’s going to take a combination of the executive branch and the legislature. We have to deal with that,” Adams said.
New York’s mayor added that no city should have to decide between providing for its citizens and dealing with an “onslaught of migrants and asylum seekers.”
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“It’s unfair for local governments to take on this national responsibility. We’ve done our part. At the end of the day, there’s no other place left, but we have to provide shelter under local laws and keep moving. the right direction,” he said.
New York City struggled to find shelter for more than 30,000 immigrants in December and submitted a request for emergency funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Adams declared a state of emergency in October due to the crisis.