NYC Mayor Adams: 'No Room' for Migrant Surge

New York City Mayor Eric Adams made an unprecedented visit to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Sunday and claimed that “there is no room in New York” for busloads of migrants being sent from border states to the nation’s most populous city.

NYC Mayor Adams: 'No Room' for Migrant Surge
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Facts

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams made an unprecedented visit to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Sunday and claimed that “there is no room in New York” for busloads of migrants being sent from border states to the nation’s most populous city.
  • During his visit, Adams referred to the surge of migrants as a “national crisis,” adding that he and El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser were “on the front lines, and we need federal support."
  • Adams' visit comes a week after Biden made his first trip to the southern border as President. The mayor said New York has taken in over 40K migrants in the last year and has spent $366M on services for asylum seekers.
  • Adams issued an emergency declaration in October over the migrant crisis and cited the strain it is putting on major US cities. El Paso has struggled with the surge and has converted schools and convention centers to house migrants, yet many still sleep on the streets.
  • The migrant crisis is projected to cost the city as much as $2B. New York City asked the federal government to provide $1B in FEMA reimbursement as part of a $1.7T omnibus spending bill passed in December.
  • The Biden admin. announced a plan to build on Title 42 expulsions while also allowing thousands more migrants to enter the US. The admin. says it has been assisting communities receiving migrants by providing FEMA grants.

Sources: Reuters, FOX News, Politico, CBS, and New York Post.

Narratives

  • Republican narrative, as provided by Fox News. Adams is now pleading for help because his city cannot handle the effects of the Democratic Party’s policies. Yet he continues to incentivize mass illegal migration by opening more and more shelters. He doesn't truly care about stopping the border crisis — he just wants to shift the financial burden onto the federal government.
  • Democratic narrative, as provided by The Guardian. Adams, and other mayors of major cities across the US, are doing their best to find a solution to a problem that is being exacerbated by Republican governors. Migrants are being shipped without any coordination as GOP politicians pull shameless political stunts without any regard for the well-being of migrants and the cities receiving them.