New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has a new proposal for dealing with migrants crossing the border, and it involves the federal government dispersing them across America.
In an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Adams said that instead of burdening one city with an influx of migrants, the federal government needs to do more to direct them to other areas. He told host Margaret Brennan that the $30 million the federal government has sent to New York City is insufficient to deal with the “national problem.”
“We have 108,000 cities, villages, towns,” Adams said when asked if the federal government should send migrants elsewhere. “If everyone takes a small portion of that, and if it’s coordinated at the border, to ensure that those who are coming here to this country in a lawful manner is actually moved throughout the entire country, it is not a burden on one city.”
.@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
Adams explained that NYC has taken in more than 70,000 asylum seekers and still cares for approximately 42,000. He told Brennan that he’s met with FEMA, New York’s congressional delegation, and the White House regarding financial allocations and resources to try to solve the issue, which Adams says is “unfair to the city of New York and all about cities to carry the burden of a national problem.”
Adams began busing migrants to surrounding counties in recent weeks in an attempt to alleviate the severity of the issue in New York City, in what he referred to as a “decompression strategy.” Both Rockland and Orange Counties sued to stop the move.
“This is a home rule state and New York City does not have the authority over this County or Town to volunteer us for placement, especially when we are telling them we do not have the infrastructure to help,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said.
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When asked by Brennan about this practice, Adams said he believes “the entire state should participate in a decompression strategy, and it’s unfortunate that there has- there have been some lawmakers and counties that are not carrying on their role of ensuring that this is a decompression strategy throughout the state.”
While campaigning for mayor, Adams ensured New Yorkers that the city would “remain a sanctuary city” under his administration if elected.
"We should protect our immigrants." Period.
Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration. #EricOnNBC
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) October 20, 2021