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NYC Democrat Mayor Eric Adams: 'No more room' in his 'sanctuary city' for illegal aliens
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NYC Democrat Mayor Eric Adams: 'No more room' in his 'sanctuary city' for illegal aliens

New York City's Democrat mayor vowed to hinder federal efforts to deport criminal noncitizens when running for office and indicated he would maintain NYC's "sanctuary city status." He went so far as to support legislation that would allow foreign nationals to vote in local elections.

Mayor Eric Adams has since begun to reap the whirlwind.

Adams traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend to beg for help in tackling the fallout of the border crisis, suggesting that NYC may no longer be the sanctuary it was cracked up to be.

What's the background?

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott previously invited Adams to visit the Lone Star State and to "see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action."

Adams had rejected the offer, and instead threatened the governor — who has been busing undocumented migrants who had stolen into Texas over to Democrat-run states and cities — with political interference and legal action.

In October, Adams declared a state of emergency in New York City over bused migrants from Texas, saying, "We are in a crisis situation. New York City now has more than 61,000 in our shelter system."

The mayor indicated that 17,000 illegal aliens hailed from border states, such as Texas, and that the city was poised to spend $1 billion by the end of the fiscal year in an effort to remedy the problem — a problem that border cities and states have suffered on a far greater scale over a much longer period of time.

Reuters reported that the illegal migrant crisis may now cost the city upwards of $2 billion amid a major budget shortfall.

In December, Adams noted that the influx of illegal aliens was adversely impacting "every service we provide."

"It's going to impact education. It's going to impact the dollars we use to clean our streets. It's going to impact our public safety," he said.

Adams recently expressed frustration that Colorado had joined Republican-run states in busing illegal aliens to his city, reported TheBlaze.

"One time we had to deal with Republican governors sending migrants to New York," he complained. "Now we’re dealing with Democratic governors sending migrants to New York."

Gov. Abbott has maintained that "what Adams is dealing with is a trifle of what small border towns grapple with daily."

New York City has enough illegal aliens, thanks

Mayor Adams traveled to Texas over the weekend to admit that "trifle" has proven too great for NYC.

During his Sunday visit to Democrat-run El Paso, Adams said that "there is no room in New York" for the busloads of illegal aliens being sent to his sanctuary city.

NYC "cannot take more," he emphasized.

"Once the asylum seekers from today's buses are provided shelter, we will surpass the highest number of people in recorded history in our city's shelter system," said Adams.

CBS News reported that Adams noted both how NYC's shelters were running out of space and how his city was also dealing with the 5,500 migrant children it had admitted into its crowded public schools.

"We have not asked for this," he added. "There was never any agreement to take on the job of supporting thousands of asylum seekers. This responsibility was simply handed to us without warning as buses began showing up."

In June 2021, Adams appeared to ask for this:

Renae Eze, a spokesman for Abbott, accused Adams of hypocrisy, saying, "The true emergency is on our nation's southern border where small Texas border towns are overrun and overwhelmed by hundreds of migrants every single day as the Biden administration dumps them in their communities."

The migrants bused to NYC represent a tiny fraction of the total number of illegal aliens who have entered the U.S. since President Joe Biden took office.

Roughly 500,000 illegal aliens had already been encountered at the border by November this fiscal year; 2.37 million criminal noncitizens poured over the southern border last year, and millions more stole over in 2021.

The Democrat mayor echoed a suggestion previously made by Republican governors, saying, "Now is the time for the national government to do its job" about the record number of illegal aliens stealing across the southern border.

"We expect more from our national leaders to address this issue in a real way," Adams added, suggesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should "step up."

Ahead of his trip to the border, Adams told Caribbean Power Jam Radio that the strain placed on NYC institutions by the border crisis "is just inhumane on the part of the national government. And I really believe it’s irresponsible, that we have not had a real national response to what’s happening at our border."

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser (D), who has bused thousands of illegal aliens to NYC, gave Adams a tour of an area where illegal aliens steal into the U.S. and another area where the migrants camp out.

El Paso — a city of fewer than 700,000 people — saw 84,082 illegal aliens released into it between Aug. 22 and Dec. 11, reported the Washington Examiner.

The city's Migrant Situational Awareness Dashboard indicates that thousands more pour in every day.

Leeser declared a state of emergency in December, noting that "our asylum-seekers are not safe as we have hundreds and hundreds on the streets."

During Adams' day trip through Texans' nightmare, he was met by illegal aliens keen to return to NYC.

Elvis Mendoza was one of the migrants who gathered in El Paso to meet Adams.

Mendoza told the New York Post, "I would like to go to sanctuary."

Another migrant from Venezuela said, "I heard that they can help me in New York more than elsewhere. I heard the shelters are great there."

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Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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