Immigration

published : 2023-08-25

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Contests Governor Hochul's Federal Funding Drive for Migrant Crisis

Adams insists NYC bore the weight of the migrant crisis single-handedly, reacting hours following Gov. Hochul's federal funding initiative announcement

A candid shot of Mayor Eric Adams deep in conversation with his team, spotlighting the intensity of their discussion on the ongoing migrant crisis. Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City fired back on Thursday at Governor Kathy Hochul's demand for federal funding to address the ongoing illegal migrant crisis.

Insisting that his administration has largely managed this national crisis, Mayor Adams took the opportunity to lay out how the city has handled the burden.

Governor Hochul, earlier in the day, had made a public plea, stressing the need for migrant integration in New York City through employment and housing initiatives.

She went as far as requesting the Biden administration to massively invest in settling the asylum seekers' communities.

In response, Adams acknowledged the recognition given by Governor Hochul for the tremendous work NYC has done to handle the massive influx of asylum seekers over the past year.

He talked about how since the spring of 2022, the city has shouldered the responsibility of a national concern.

An image of Governor Kathy Hochul delivering a passionate public address, the determination visible on her face as she shares her views on the migrant crisis. Captured with Nikon D850 DSLR.

The city has opened 206 emergency shelters — a twofold increase in just four short months — and is on course to spend in excess of $12 billion over three fiscal years if the current situation persists.

Highlighting the breadth of the challenge, the mayor mentioned how the city, uninvitedly, had to deal with the arrival of over 104,000 men, women, and children many of whom are now seeking asylum after overcoming unimaginable adversities.

Yet, despite these overwhelming scenarios, Mayor Adams argues that his city has largely managed this national crisis on its own.

On this note, he expressed disappointment at Governor Hochul's diminished view of the role New York - city and state - could play in responding to this immigration crisis, considering the city is home to over 8 million state residents.

According to Mayor Adams, it remains crystal clear that state law obligations that apply to the City of New York must apply to every county across New York State.

He expressed his belief, stating that abandoning NYC to manage the crisis by itself and absolving the state of organizing a coordinated statewide response is quite unjust to the citizens of New York City who also didn't ask to be isolated single-handedly in a national crisis.

A heart-tugging scene of an asylum seeker mother and her child waiting patiently outside a designated shelter, symbolizing the human side of the crisis at hand. Snapped with Sony Alpha A7R IV.

Adams concluded by reiterating his year-long call for the federal government to allow asylum seekers to work to cater to themselves and their families, in addition to seeking 'decompression strategies' at state and federal levels.

He also pleaded for the federal government to declare a state of emergency which will avail the city more resources.

Finally, he called on Governor Hochul to use her executive powers to forestall counties from issuing exclusionary emergency orders, and supply the necessary resources to move people out of shelters, so they can progress in their journeys.

During her address, Governor Hochul did agree that the migrant crisis began with the federal government and should be resolved by the same entities, however, she highlighted that the state’s numerous unfulfilled jobs are a vast opportunity for border crossers to integrate.

Even so, earlier this month, she had criticised Mayor Adams' approach to the migrant situation in a comprehensive letter addressed to the mayor's office.

Hochul’s representative, Faith E. Gay, questioned the city's agility in issuing timely requests for regulatory changes and notifying the state of crucial decisions.