Throughout a go to to the Texas border metropolis of El Paso, New York Mayor Eric Adams supplied up a blistering criticism of the federal authorities’s response to the inflow of immigrants into U.S. cities, saying, “We need clear coordination.”
He stated Sunday that cities the place immigrants are flowing to wish assist from the Federal Emergency Administration Company.
“Our cities are being undermined. And we don’t deserve this. Migrants don’t deserve this. And the people who live in the cities don’t deserve this,” Adams said as he wrapped up a weekend visit to El Paso. “We expect more from our national leaders to address this issue in a real way.”
Adams stated New York Metropolis has been overwhelmed. Since final spring, New York Metropolis has welcomed about 40,000 asylum seekers, and final week they noticed a report of near 840 asylum seekers arriving in at some point, in line with Adams.
“New York cannot take more. We can’t,” Adams stated, including that different cities can also’t take extra.
“No city deserves what is happening,” he stated.
Adams, a Democrat, additionally criticized the observe of some governors of transporting immigrants straight from the border to cities together with New York Metropolis. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, during the last yr has despatched buses of immigrants to Democratic-led cities as a strategy to maximize publicity over what he stated is inaction by the Biden administration over excessive numbers of migrants crossing on the southern border.
Adams famous that the governor of Colorado, a Democrat, had additionally bused migrants to New York Metropolis. He stated the actions of these two governors confirmed “bipartisan disrespect for cities and it was wrong.”
Adams stated the federal authorities ought to be selecting up the fee that the cities are incurring to assist.
“We need a real leadership moment from FEMA,” he stated. “This is a national crisis.”
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden additionally visited El Paso.