New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) may be rethinking his municipality’s status as a “sanctuary city.” The Democrat is clearly buckling under the pressure of coping with President Joe Biden’s open border policies.
Those combined with Texas’ transporting of busloads of illegal migrants to the Big Apple led to his shipping of migrants to suburban hotels as he claimed his city was full.
At least 300 single adult males seeking asylum are to be housed in a pair of hotels in Orange Lake and Orangeburg.
According to Politico, New York City’s request for $350 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fell on mostly deaf ears.
On Friday, the Biden White House told Adams that he would have to settle for merely $30 million. This despite the city’s claim that the administration’s lax immigration policies are costing its taxpayers $4 million per day.
Eric Adams Resorts to Sending Illegal Migrants to Suburbs As City Is Plagued By Biden's Border Crisis
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Adams wasted no time in criticizing Washington for the failure to step up to handle its own mess. “Let us be very clear. This is both disappointing and woefully insufficient for a city that has carried the cost of sheltering, feeding, and supporting more than 60,000 asylum seekers in the last year.”
In April, he announced that “the city is being destroyed by the migrant crisis.”
There is something immensely satisfying about watching sanctuary city mayors squirm under just a minute fraction of the pressure faced by border states every single day.
Local officials are not amused by Adams’ dereliction of duty as mayor of a sanctuary city. Rockdale County Supervisor Teresa Kenny posted on Facebook that the mayor called “to notify me” of his plan to divert hundreds of immigrants to an Orangetown hotel.
Kenny, while agreeing that the illegal migrant issue is federal and not local, took issue with Adams’ plan. “To send these people to a location that is not equipped to meet their needs is a betrayal of that often-expressed desire by NYC to be a sanctuary for them.”
Meanwhile, with the expiration of Title 42 border protections, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday allocated $322 million for southern border communities to deal with the expected influx. Tens of thousands of illegal migrants are reportedly waiting across the border.
Title 42 is set to expire May 11.
In a statement, the DHS reported that this first round of funding targeted “border communities” which of course will bear the brunt of the influx. The agency noted that New York City received by far the most funding earmarked for “interior cities.”