New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared in a town hall event Wednesday evening that the city’s migrant crisis “will destroy” the city, while ripping the Biden Administration for not doing more to help the city cope with an influx in so-called asylum seekers.
“We turned this city around in 20 months, and then what happened?” Adams said.
“It started with a madman down in Texas, decided he wanted to bus people up to New York City,” he said, referring to Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s program of busing migrants to blue states in an effort to make them share the burden of record border crossings.
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“110,000 migrants,” Adams continued. “We have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need — healthcare.”
“Month after month, I stood up and I said this is going to come to a neighborhood near you,” he added. “But we’re here. We’re here. And we’re getting no support on this national crisis.”
Adams, who stated while he was campaigning for mayor that the city would remain a sanctuary under his administration, said Wednesday that New York City is seeing the arrival of 10,000 migrants per month — first from Venezuela, but now also from Ecuador, Russia, and Western Africa.
“Let me tell you something New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this. I don’t see an ending to this,” he said.
“This issue will destroy New York City — destroy New York City,” he emphasized. “The city we knew, we’re about to lose.”
Maine has also experienced similar waves of migration, primarily from sub-Saharan Africa; however, political leaders in the state have to speak so frankly about the crisis.
Watch a clip of Mayor Eric Adams remarks from the New York Post below: