Mayor of New York City Eric Adams believes his city is unfairly shouldering the burden of caring for asylum seekers who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the responsibility rests with other cities across the U.S.
“When you look at the price tag, $30 million doesn’t come anywhere close to what the city is paying for a national problem,” he told “Face the Nation” on Sunday, citing the federal aid New York City is receiving for costs associated with shelters, immigrants. Food and health care for The city sought $350 million in federal aid.
“We spent over a billion dollars,” he added. “We anticipate spending about $4.3 billion, if not more.”
More than 70,000 immigrants have arrived in New York City in recent months, Adams said, and 42,000 are still in the city’s care.
Adams, a Democrat, His first journey to the border As mayor in January, months after issuing an emergency declaration on the influx of immigrants to New York. He then said that cities were being “undermined” by bearing the cost of caring for immigrants and called on federal leaders to find solutions to the problem.
Adams announced earlier this month that he would send migrants up to New York to house them in hotels, which faced pushback from area officials.
“We believe the entire state should participate in a decompression strategy,” he said on Sunday. “It’s unfortunate that there are some lawmakers and counties that are not doing their part to assure that this is a decompression strategy across the state.”
Adams said it would be helpful if the federal government stepped in to dictate where immigrants should be relocated in the United States
“We have 108,000 towns, villages, cities,” Adams said. “If everyone takes a small part of it and if it’s coordinated at the border to make sure that people who are coming into this country legally are actually moved across the country, that’s not a city’s burden.”
a new one CBS News poll Americans were found to be receptive to the idea of temporarily accepting immigrants into their cities depending on their politics and where they live. About 52% of Americans favor housing immigrants in their cities, but only 37% thought their cities had the advantage of being able to do so. Democrats were willing to accept immigrants, while Republicans were mostly opposed.