Eric Adams says illegal immigrant crisis will 'destroy New York City'

"This will destroy New York City."

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY
Mayor Eric Adams spoke at a town hall on Manhattan's Upper West Side Wednesday night, blasting local officials, as well as federal leaders, for the illegal immigrant crisis that is plaguing New York.

"Let me tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn't see an end to. I don't see an end to this," he said.

"This will destroy New York City," Adams lamented. "Destroy New York City. We're getting 10,000 migrants a month."

Adams said that every neighborhood in the City will be impacted by this—if they haven't been already. The use of resources, decline in public safety, and overcrowding in a city that was already near 9 million in population is a devastation. 

"Everyone is saying it is New York City's problem," Adams said of those flooding in from Africa, South and Central America. "Every community in this city will be impacted. We had a $12 billion deficit that we're going to have to cut. Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us." 

"The city we knew, we're about to lose," he said.

He demanded that the community leaders on the Upper West Side, an area that has seen a rise in homelessness and crime, come up with actual solutions.

School playing fields have been turned over to tent cities, and the state has said it would sue any school district that does not admit the children of illegal immigrants at the start of the new school year. The concern is that the children of illegal migrants, who have spent months, in many cases, traveling to the border, will be even further behind academically than New York City's kids, who have astounding learning loss due to pandemic-era school closure policies.

Adams has been blasting the Biden administration for months and months to demand they take action to stop the wrecking ball of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. He said in May that the "entire burden" of the border crisis was on New York. The tensions were enough to see the Biden campaign drop Adams from its advisory board.

"Month after month I stood up and said this is gonna come to a neighborhood near you. Well, we’re here, we’re getting no support on this national crisis, and we’re receiving no support," he said.

Adams also blamed Texas Governor Greg Abbott for bussing migrants to New York. In Abbott's defense, however, the border states have been hit hardest by Biden's border crisis. Shanty towns, increased crime, human trafficking, and incredible crowding have been prevalent in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California, itself another sanctuary state. Adams has called for the revocation of that status for New York City.

The governors of the border states were ignored by leaders in other states who were not directly impacted. Now that states far away from the border are losing their safety and security, elected leaders are pushing back.

"One hundred ten thousand migrants we have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, health care," Adams told the townhall attendees in Manhattan.

New York City, crowning jewel of the Empire State, a city known for being international, sophisticated, at the forefront of culture, is being overrun by illegal immigrants from across the globe.

They enter the southern US border illegally, spurred on by what are essentially open border policies implemented by the Biden administration, and are bussed around the county—some 10,000 people are pushed into New York every month.

The Biden administration has even changed the rules to the point where those who seek an illegal crossing are given applications to apply for asylum in the US, and court dates to appear years and years into the future. The White House outfits these individuals with free cell phones so that they can keep track of where they are in the court system, and sends them off into the interior of the US.

Those who make their way to New York find a city that is required, by its own laws, to find beds for them. As a so-called "sanctuary city" with a "right to shelter" law, New York, through virtue of legislative empathy, must house these people. Entire hotels have been turned over to this purpose.

One such hotel, The Roosevelt in midtown Manhattan, is owned by a Pakistani company, leased by the city, and full of migrants. NYPD are frequently called to the scene, and there have been dozens of arrests.

In fact, as the New York Post reports, "The Department of Homeless Services has given $35 million to two NYC hotels to house migrants."
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