New York City Mayor Eric Adams once again criticized the Biden administration for the surge of migrants who have entered the city in the last year. As he claimed this is “one of the largest humanitarian crises this city has ever experienced.”
The first-term mayor also addressed the issue of immigration, and specifically called out Republican governors over their recent practice of bussing migrants to other states and locations including New York City, Chicago, and Martha’s Vineyard.
In October, Adams had referred to the immigration surge as a “crisis situation” worsened by the 61,000 individuals who were in the city’s shelters. Some of them were asylum seekers, while others were experiencing homelessness. In his recent statements, he once again reiterated his remarks from December, by stating that the large number of asylum seekers in New York City was going to have a negative impact on education and funding for keeping the streets clean and ensuring public safety.
There are around 34,000 asylum seekers in the city’s care right now. During a press conference on Wednesday morning at City Hall, Adams stated that the situation has not yet “resonated with all of us.” He proceeded to claim that this is one of the largest humanitarian crises that the city has ever had to deal with. He proceeded to question why “every elected official in Washington, D.C.” is allowing this to happen to New York City.
The mayor also called out President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in his criticisms.