New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) is now blaming Republicans for issues his city is facing as they struggle to house, feed and care for thousands of illegal aliens.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams says that nearly half of hotel rooms in the city are being occupied by illegal immigrants.
Biden’s border crisis is out of control.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) May 20, 2023
Amid the historic border crisis caused by President Joe Biden’s open border policies, pro-illegal immigration Democrats like Adams have begun blaming Republicans for the problems caused by mass immigration. The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and Florida have begun bussing illegal aliens to “sanctuary cities” around the country, including New York City. In response, Democrats have complained that they are being forced to deal with a small fraction of what border towns experience on a daily basis because of the influx of illegal aliens.
While Republicans have long demanded stronger laws about illegal immigration and legislation to strengthen border security, Democrats have refused to sign on to any GOP bill on the matter. Nonetheless, Democrats like Adams still blame Republicans for the border crisis and its consequences.
“If this is properly handled at the border level, this issue can be resolved while we finally get Congress, particularly the Republican Party, to deal with comprehensive immigration policy,” the New York City mayor told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan.
.@NYCMayor Eric Adams tells @MargBrennan the federal government should be directing migrant movement throughout the U.S. “We have 108,000 cities, villages, towns. If everyone takes a small portion, it’s not a burden on one city.” pic.twitter.com/GJvEDnosmH
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 21, 2023
According to Adams, the Biden administration has pledged $30 million to help New York City with the illegal immigration crisis — but the Democrat mayor says that this is insufficient, as the city has already spent nearly $4.3 billion on the issue.
“When you look at the price tag, $30 million comes nowhere near what the city is paying for a national problem,” Adams said.
Brennan then challenged Adams about New York City’s declared sanctuary city status, calling it a “migrant magnet.”
Instead of admitting that the radical left policies of the city have played a part in the crisis, the Democrat mayor deflected — once again blaming Republicans.
“The problem is that Republicans for far too many years have failed to deal with real immigration reform,” Adams claimed. “This is a national issue.”
Adams then suggested a partial solution — allowing illegal aliens to have work status. According to the New York Post, some illegal alien mothers from Ecuador have begun selling fruit and drinks along dangerous highways and busy intersections without a license to do so. The women stand there with their babies strapped to their backs and attempt to sell the locally purchased food and drinks to motorists at red lights.
Officials in New York City have expressed concern about the unlicensed businesses, as well as the potential danger posed by the illegal aliens’ actions. Democrat Councilman Robert Holden has referred to the issue as potentially “catastrophic,” likely referring to the possibility that these women and their children could be severely injured or killed while walking among vehicles on these dangerous streets to sell their products.
Adams has advocated for a “decompression strategy” to deal with the pressure put on New York City by the massive number of illegal aliens, as he said the city still has roughly 42,000 illegals “in our care.”
While referring to Republican governors’ decision to bus illegal aliens to cities like New York as “unfair,” Adams’ decompression strategy involves bussing these illegals to nearby counties — a plan that has received major backlash and legal challenges.
One of these counties, Suffolk County, has already announced that it plans to draft a resolution ensuring that its residents do not bear any financial burden if New York City busses illegal aliens there.
Suffolk County lawmakers trying to block Mayor Eric Adams from relocating asylum seekers in New York City.
Here is Rep. Nicolas LaLota taking digs at failed Biden administration’s border policies and Adams who bragged about NYC being sanctuary city. pic.twitter.com/CE9nu4jqrv
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During a press conference on Sunday, Suffolk Legislature’s Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey stated that New York City made a “conscious decision to be a sanctuary city, Suffolk County did not.”
McCaffrey went on to note that Suffolk County’s top priorities are “public safety and fiscal responsibility.”
Meanwhile, both Orange County and Rockland County have already taken steps to stem the flow of illegal aliens bussed into their counties by New York City.