During an appearance in El Paso, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) declared that “there is no room in New York” for illegal aliens being sent to America’s most populous city.
“New York cannot take more. We can’t,” Adams said during the news conference in Texas on Sunday evening. “There’s no more room in New York.”
The Democrat mayor was also critical of President Joe Biden’s administration for not doing their job to fix the border crisis and prevent the influx of illegal aliens into communities across the United States — stating that “now is the time for the national government to do its job.”
Adams then called on city mayors across the United States to join together to handle the illegal immigration crisis.
“This is a national problem,” the NYC mayor said. “We must have real immigration reform and we must immediately have a short-term fix of making sure that the cost of this does not fall on our local cities.”
Adams noted that he plans on collaborating with mayors who are directly impacted by the border crisis, as well as those who aren’t.
“Today is El Paso, tomorrow it’ll be their cities,” he said.
The Democrat mayor also revealed that he plans on being on the ground “as much as possible,” and wants to come up with a “formal plan that’s coming from the cities to have the national government execute without input.”
The fact that a New York mayor visited a southern border city to speak out about the issue of illegal immigration is unprecedented, according to reporting from Reuters.
.@NYCMayor landed in El Paso, Texas tonight to survey the asylum seeker crisis at the southern border.
El Paso Mayor Leeser took us an impromptu visit to an area where asylum seekers have been known to cross the border, as well as an area where many asylum seekers are sleeping. pic.twitter.com/utlT2KmdpD
— Fabien Levy (@Fabien_Levy) January 15, 2023
Busloads of illegal aliens have been transported to New York and other Democrat-run cities by Republican governors, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. These actions are part of a larger effort to force leftists to face the consequences of the border crisis caused by Biden and the Democrats’ pro-illegal immigration and open-borders policies.
The Biden administration has also been shipping illegal aliens to various communities across the U.S., including New York City, through the president’s expansive catch-and-release program.
The influx of illegal aliens has exacerbated New York’s problems, including the housing crisis and the worsening homelessness crisis.
Before his trip to El Paso, Adams spoke out about the cost of illegal immigration in New York, saying that the influx could cost the city as much as $2 billion at a time when NYC is already facing a major budget shortfall.