He’s changed his tune! NYC Mayor Eric Adams brands border crisis ‘a disaster’ and says 40,000 migrants have flooded into Big Apple since spring – despite previously vowing city would always welcome them
- Adams said the situation on the southern border is a disaster after weekend trip
- His comments come soon after he appealed to the White House for $2B in aid
- The remarks were in stark contrast to his 2017 Twitter post: ‘We’ve always welcomed migrants in New York City. Nothing about that is going to change’
- The NYC mayor is yet to allocate blame the president for the spiraling crisis
NYC Mayor Eric Adams branded the border crisis a ‘disaster’ during his trip to El Paso at the weekend – after saying 40,200 immigrants had arrived in the city since last spring and that a further influx could cost the Big Apple $2billion.
‘Why isn’t this considered a disaster? This is a crisis,’ Adams told The New York Post at the end of his border visit.
‘No one is coordinating this national effort,’ he said from Texas on Sunday night, before revealing he would travel to Washington DC this week to attend the US Conference of Mayors and devise a ‘real strategy’ to deal with the problem.
Adams also attacked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to which he had already made a request for $1billion. ‘FEMA needs to step up. That’s their job,’ he said.
His remarks were in stark contrast to the Mayor’s previous claim on Twitter that New York City would always welcome migrants.
Eric Adams toured migrant shelters and visited the southern border in El Paso trip before labelling the situation a ‘disaster’
Despite expressing frustration, Adams (pictured during his trip to El Paso this weekend) has not directly criticized Joe Biden or addressed New York City’s sanctuary city policy
Adams estimated last week that nearly 500 migrants were arriving in the city each day – a rate that could no longer be sustained.
Despite expressing such frustration Adams has not directly criticized Biden and would not said if he will arrange a meeting with the president to get the increased funding he asked for over the line.
On Monday he was blasted for failing to explicitly blame Biden, a fellow Democrat, for the problem.
Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican Representative for parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island attacked him for referring to the crisis merely as a national problem and not naming the president.
‘The mayor is right in the sense that he’s saying this is a national crisis but he needs to say that is a national crisis created by Joe Biden,’ Malliotakis told Fox News.
‘Joe Biden put in place the policies via executive order that created this mess. This was not happening under President Trump. It was not happening under President Obama, and it has reached a record high,’ she said.
People wait for children returning from school to the Row hotel in Manhattan, which is being used to house migrants
Another issue Adams has not addressed is New York City’s sanctuary city policy, part of which involved a lack of cooperation with federal authorities to curtail illegal immigration.
‘You saw yesterday how people were saying they want to go to New York City because they hear that New York City is housing the migrants, and they’re providing for their needs,’ Malliotakis said.
While giving a speech in Texas Adams suggested the overwhelming intake of migrants into his city was having detrimental affects on its citizens.
‘Our cities are being undermined. We don’t deserve this. Migrants don’t deserve this and the people who live in the cities don’t deserve this. There is no more room in New York,’ he said.
Nicole Malliotakis (pictured last November), a Republican Representative for parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, attacked Adams for failing to blame the crisis on Biden
In 2017 Adams tweeted: ‘We’ve always welcomed migrants in New York City. Nothing about that is going to change’
At points he has suggested the city’s tight budget means the migrant crisis will force it to slash basic services.
Adams, who officially declared a state of emergency in October over the flood of migrants into the city, has voiced a shifting and inconsistent attitude towards migrants arriving into his city.
In a tweet from 2017, he said: ‘We’ve always welcomed migrants in New York City. Nothing about that is going to change.’
The city has historically provided shelter, food, clothing to migrants and argued in the past they should be allowed to assimilate faster and with greater ease.
But last week the mayor said New York had reached its ‘breaking point’ as 400 asylum seekers arrive every day.
In addition to requests for federal aid and making appeals to the White House he submitted an emergency mutual aid request to the state and Gov. Kathy Hochul, asking for immediate help to house the incoming migrants.
‘We are at our breaking point,’ Adams said. ‘Based off our projections, we anticipate being unable to continue sheltering arriving asylum seekers on our own.
‘Our initial request is for shelter to accommodate 500 asylum seekers, but, as New York City continues to see numbers balloon, this estimate will increase as well.’
The plea came a week after Colorado joined the list of states busing migrants to New York City to alleviate the burden for those near the southern border.