Things aren’t going well for New York City, one of the most famous of the sanctuary cities and one also struggling under the immense burden of the illegal immigration crisis that its policies helped wreak, as illegal immigrants have flooded into and overwhelmed the city.
Such is what New York City Mayor Eric Adams admitted during a recent town hall, telling those gathered that the illegal immigration crisis is getting worse and worse, which is placing an increasing strain on the city budget and limiting what services it can provide to its legal residents.
Beginning, the mayor noted the immense cost of illegal immigration for the city, saying, “It [illegal immigration] is going to cost us this year $5 billion in three years, $12 billion. We have a $106 billion budget. But 76 billion of that is already accounted for.”
Further explaining the situation by giving a metaphor, Mayor Adams said, “It’s like if you have a house and you budget yourself for the year, you know what your food, your clothing, your electricity, your gas, and all of those things. And all of a sudden, your roof caves in, you say, wait a minute, so I got insurance, let them come fix it. Our insurance was the federal government and that sent to our insurance contract. We’re not giving you anything.”
He then returned from the made-up situation to the self-inflicted situation, saying, “So now we have to you me, taxpayers have to find $12 billion out of a $30 billion budget. It has to come from somewhere. It has to come from somewhere . . . we can easily get another two to 300,000 more migrant asylum seekers in the next few months. We’re getting we’re getting anywhere from 2500 to 4000 A week, a week.”
Then, explaining why he can’t stop letting the illegal immigrants into the city, Mayor Adams said, “And the next they say, ‘Well, Eric, why don’t you just stop letting them in? . . . Federal law does not allow me to do that. ‘Well, why don’t you just deport?’ It’s against the law. Federal law doesn’t allow me to do that.”
That’s when he got to railing on the government for the migration crisis, ignoring New York City’s sanctuary city policy and saying, “This has created a crisis that’s wrong for New York taxpayers, wrong for the migrants and wrong for our city and wrong for our country. And the national government is not doing their job. You should not have to pick up the cost of this. And migrants and asylum seekers should not be living in the conditions that we’re in. Go look at what’s happening in other cities in Chicago, they’re sleeping in the police precincts. In other places they sleeping on the streets. Our goal is for children and families not to sleep on the streets.”
That’s when he got to saying that the crisis is “devastating” and that New York City is near the breaking point, saying, “But we’re at we’re at the breaking point there is no more room 100 And over 160 something 1000 And as I stated we get anywhere from 2500 to 4000 a week. Thank you about that. This is so devastating for our city.”
Watch him here:
NYC Mayor Eric Adams comments on the migrant crisis in NYC
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