New York Mayor Eric Adams addressed the rise in illegal immigrants arriving in his city during a news conference on Sunday, and it sounds similar to what leaders in the Southwestern United States have been saying for a while.
“We can’t have the historical, ‘I believe people should be housed, but just don’t house them on my block.’ Everyone’s block is going to be impacted by this,” Adams said.
“And so we have to add our advocacy with our ability to help our neighbors, and we need everyone on board with this. You know, because as I stated last week, our schools are going to be impacted. Our healthcare system is going to be impacted. Our infrastructure is going to be impacted. But we’re willing to do our job, we gonna do our job, and we gonna need all New Yorkers to be with us on this.”
According to ABC New York, an estimated 2,800 asylum seekers have been bussed in so far from Texas and Arizona.
His tone matched that of fellow Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C., who is also facing a rise in migrants in her city.
“Well, this is a very significant issue. We have, for sure, called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses. We think they’re largely asylum seekers who are going to final destinations that are not Washington, D.C.” Bowser said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” last Sunday, Nick Arama reported.
Of course, they both sound similar to state and local leaders in border communities who have been sounding the alarm since the crisis started.
The decision by Govs. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) to send migrants to cities on the East Coast was certainly controversial, but it satisfied one of its political goals. Democrats in other parts of the country are now being forced to talk about the consequences of a porous southern border, whether they realize it or not. Hopefully, they’ll bring the much-needed nationwide attention to the issue beyond only Republicans calling for action.
While Adams is right that the influx of people will have an impact on his city, one can hope he understands that it is much worse in areas with fewer resources.