Mayor Adams says NYC migrant crisis has 'nothing to do with sanctuary cities'

Posted 44 days ago


New York City Mayor Eric Adams denied that the migrant crisis he faces was an inevitable outcome of being a sanctuary city.

Republican governors including Greg Abbott, of Texas, have sent buses of asylum seekers to Democratic-controlled states and sanctuary cities. Republicans have argued the action is necessary to show the rest of the country what border states are dealing with due to the surge of migrants.

In a recent GOP primary debate, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley argued that the migrant crisis overwhelming Democratic cities was the inevitable outcome of impractical policy.

"This is putting harm on our schools, on our hospitals. Taxpayers are paying for it. You see these mayors are now upset about it. The only reason Eric Adams is now upset, why? He shouldn’t be a sanctuary city then," she said. "That’s why we have to defund sanctuary cities. Now Governor Abbott finally did to them what’s been happening to Texas for so long. We’ve got to put an end to this."

Many would-be-illegal immigrants tactically use asylum law to enter the United States legally as so-called "asylum seekers," but Adams appeared to call out Haley for conflating the two.

"Well, national leaders should have national knowledge of policies. This has nothing to do with sanctuary cities," he argued in an appearance on "Good Morning America" on ABC. "Migrants and asylum seekers are paroled into the country, they are here legally. And so when you have a national leader talking about ‘sanctuary cities are the reason we’re having this,' it is telling me she’s not knowledgeable on the real topic."

Adams went on to say, "The problem is, when you parole someone into a country, you should have a decompression strategy on a national level to spread it throughout the country and not target just certain cities."... (Read more)