New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has suggested that migrants bused to his city could temporarily live on cruise ships.
Adams shared the proposal during an interview on WCBS’s “The Point with Marcia Kramer” broadcast on Sunday.
“[W]e examined everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship for temporary housing. We’re looking at everything to see, how do we deal with this?” Adams told Kramer.
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The host later returned to the topic with a follow-up question concerning the possible option to deal with thousands of migrants recently bused to the city by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
“I want to pursue this thing about the cruise ships. Is that really a possibility that you might be able to do that?” Kramer asked.
“We’re looking at that,” Adams responded.
“We are predicted with the influx of opening, probably, 38 additional emergency shelters. So we have to find temporary measures to address this issue,” he later added.
In a separate interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Adams also called for more coordination in the migrant busing efforts.
“These migrants and asylum seekers are not coming to any particular city, they’re coming to America,” the mayor claimed. “This is an American crisis that we need to face – a humanitarian crisis that were made by human hands by some of the governors in our southern states.”
Despite calls of a crisis, the number of migrants bused to his city is minuscule compared to the more than four million people who have unlawfully crossed the southern border since President Biden entered office.
Adams stated that 11,000 migrants had been bused to his city during the WCBS interview. Abbott’s press release two days before the interview reported only 2,500 migrants had been sent to New York, while thousands more had been bused to other places, such as Washington, D.C.
“Texas has also bused over 8,000 migrants to our nation’s capital since April and over 2,500 migrants to New York City since August 5. More than 600 migrants from Texas have arrived in Chicago since late August,” Abbott said in a statement. “The busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.”
Arizona has reportedly bused nearly 2,000 migrants to Washington, D.C., over the past four months. The state has not bused migrants to New York City.
In addition to Texas and Arizona, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made headlines last week for authorizing two flights with approximately 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
Despite criticisms from the Left, DeSantis received a standing ovation from his audience at a Wisconsin event on Sunday when mentioning the flights.
“The one place in the country where we see virtually no law and order is at the southern border. And this is a crisis,” DeSantis said. “It’s now getting a little more attention.”
That prompted applause from the crowd as DeSantis insisted, “This is a crisis. It is a crisis. And it’s a manufactured crisis because of Biden’s failed policies.”