On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned the border crisis will “destroy New York City” as officials grapple with an influx of more than 110,000 migrants since last year.
“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. This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City,” Adams said Wednesday. “We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month.”
“We had a $12 billion deficit that we’re going to have to cut. Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us,” Adams continued. “It’s going to come to your neighborhoods. All of us are going to be impacted by this. I said it last year when we had 15,000. I’m telling you now with 110,000. The city we knew we’re about to lose. And we’re all in this together.”
Prior to becoming mayor, Adams vowed to maintain New York City’s “sanctuary city” status. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a sanctuary city is a place that has “limited the extent to which it will volunteer resources in support of federal immigration enforcement agents’ responsibility to enforce federal immigration law.”
“’We should protect our immigrants.’ Period. Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration. #EricOnNBC,” Adams tweeted in October 2021.
Adams blamed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for the growing number of illegal immigrants in New York City, calling the Republican governor a “madman” who “decided he wanted to bus people up to New York City.”
“One hundred ten thousand migrants. We have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, health care,” Adams continued. “And this team here, we stated, let’s do everything possible before we have to push it out into neighborhoods and communities. Month after month, I stood up, and I said, ‘This is going to come to a neighborhood near you.’”
Abbott’s busing effort is designed to help ease the burden of towns and cities along the U.S.-Mexico border that have been overrun with millions of illegal immigrants since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
According to Abbott, Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to “sanctuary cities,” including more than 13,000 to New York since last summer.
Abbott’s press secretary slammed Adam’s remarks in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“The hypocrisy of Mayor Adams is astounding. Mayor Adams was proud to tout his self-described sanctuary city status until Texas began busing migrants to New York City to provide relief to our overrun and overwhelmed border communities,” the statement read.
“With millions of residents, New York is only dealing with a fraction of what our small border communities deal with on a day-to-day basis. Instead of complaining about 13,000 migrants sent from Texas, Mayor Adams should be calling out his party leader, President Biden, who has been flying planeloads of migrants all around the country and oftentimes in the cover of night, straining state and local resources across the country,” Abbott’s office continued. “Until President Biden steps up and does his job, Texas will continue busing migrants to sanctuary cities to provide relief to our overwhelmed border towns.”