Welcome to reality, New York City. On Friday, Mayor Eric Adams was forced to acknowledge the immigration crisis, albeit selfishly, and declared a state of emergency as the result of in response to an influx of migrants arriving in the Big Apple.
Adams said at least 17,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the city by bus from other parts of the country since April. An average of five to six buses per day have arrived since September, he said.
Only 17,000 asylum seekers have come to the city since April; a small drop in the bucket compared to what southern border states have experienced. Nonetheless, the mayor said the city’s homeless shelters, are facing a “crisis” as one-in-five people in the shelter system is a migrant.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America and is being accelerated by American political dynamics,” Adams said Friday. “Thousands of asylum seekers have been bused into New York City and simply dropped off, without notice, coordination, or care — and more are arriving every day.”
Adams added that the “crisis is not of our own making” but will “affect everyone in this city, now and in the months ahead.”
“New Yorkers deserve to know why this is happening and what we plan to do,” he said. This is why, New Yorkers: poor liberal policies that have undone all border security as well as any resemblance of order and system in the immigration system.
Adams issued an executive order directing the relevant city agencies to coordinate their efforts to respond to the “crisis” and to build emergency response and relief centers.
The city expects to spend $1 billion by the end of the fiscal year helping the migrants find long-term shelter and health care.
National Review reports:
Customs and Border Protection recorded 203,597 migrant encounters at the U.S.–Mexico border in August alone, bringing the total number of encounters for the fiscal year to more than 2 million for the first time ever. Border cities have been hardest hit by the crisis.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott began busing migrants from the Lone Star State to New York City and Washington, D.C., in the spring.
Abbott previously said he decided to send busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., and New York City “because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies,” saying that “the State of Texas has had to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe.”
“In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city,” he said when the first bus arrived in New York.
While Adams has been critical of Abbott, the Democratic mayor of El Paso, Texas, has sent more migrants to New York City than the governor has, per Fox News. The border city has bused more than 2,500 migrants to New York City since the end of August.
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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