Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, criticized the Biden administration for failing to consult with the mayors of big cities on federal efforts to handle the border crisis, leaving their towns to bear the burden of hosting undocumented immigrants charged.
Adams was open when asked if he and the Biden administration had productive conversations about “bringing more order to the border.”
Why don’t I know who the operation’s coordinator is, I asked White House officials after learning that there is just one of them?
Following President Joe Biden’s stopover, Adams traveled to El Paso, Texas, a border town, to raise awareness of the escalating problems at the border.
Adams has been conducting a public relations campaign in recent months. When I made the trip to El Paso, you got to see firsthand how it’s impacting not only the founding of El Paso, but Chicago, Houston, Washington, New York City,” Adams said on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
“It’s just unfair when cities carry the weight of a national issue.”
Later in the interview, the mayor went so far as to compare the situation New York City is currently in to that of a fire.
“If my house is on fire, I don’t want to hear about fire safety. let’s put out the fire And the fire right now is the proliferation of migrants and asylum seekers in several cities across the country,” Adams argued.
The influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into New York City has strained local resources that provide social services to the newcomers. The city spent $366 million last year, according to City Hall, with Adams warning that the number could climb to over $2 billion in the first half of 2023 alone.