About 40,000 migrants have arrived in New York City from the southern border since last year, with another 3,000 arriving in just a week this month.
“The White House must ensure immediate needs are met so that affected cities receive the support they deserve,” Adams said in an interview with POLITICO’s Sally Goldenberg. He added that mayors across the country would join the voices to urge the Biden administration to act.
Adams recently joined Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in successfully pressuring Colorado Democratic leader Gov. Jared Polis to stop busing migrants into their cities. Previously, Democrats have criticized Republican governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott for using migrants as political pawns by sending them to their cities — and a popular summer vacation destination.
Over the weekend, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, another Democrat, received Adams on the Texas border, where the New York mayor called on FEMA to help coordinate the response to the crisis.
Adams wants more funding from Washington to plug what he says could be a $2 billion hole in the city’s budget for migrant shelters and other services. He also called on the White House to relax labor requirements to allow asylum seekers to get jobs.
So far, President Joe Biden has largely ignored these calls, despite a kinship with Adams, who is a moderate fellow citizen with a mediocre approach to crime and a strong base of working-class support.
Aside from sending hundreds of millions of dollars to cities and states dealing with the influx, the Biden administration has few strategies to deal with the record numbers of people arriving at the southern border and faces momentous political one Challenge to find a solution that addresses significantly different views held by Democrats and Republicans.
On Wednesday, Adams said the federal government must act because the problem is occurring not just in more distant cities, but right in Washington, where “Mayor Bowser has made it clear that she is dealing with her own housing crisis.”
“Allowing and having an influx of migrants impacts them here in our country’s capital,” Adams said.
He plans to join other mayors at the conference this week to strategize how other cities might strive to help places like New York that are overwhelmed.
“I spoke to the Mayor of Kansas City today and he said that while we’re not directly affected, we know this is hurting your cities and we want to be part of the solution,” Adams said.
Adams has also reached out to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, also a Democrat, for emergency aid — a request she has largely turned down, asking the federal government to allow the city to use local land it owns to help migrants accommodate.
Without additional funds to deal with the ongoing flow of migrants, the city may have to revive a controversial plan to put migrants on cruise ships docking at city ports.
“Every article is on the table,” Adams said.