New York mayor rips White House for failing to identify person in charge of border

New York Mayor Eric Adams has called out the Biden administration for failing to communicate with big-city mayors about federal efforts to address the border crisis that is burdening their cities with the cost of housing illegal immigrants.

When asked if he’s had constructive conversations about “building more order at the border” with the Biden administration, Adams was candid.

“I was told we had a person coordinating the operation, and as I shared with White House officials, why don’t I know who that is?”

Adams traveled to the border town of El Paso, Texas earlier this month on the heels of President Joe Biden’s stopover to raise awareness of growing border issues.

In recent months, Adams has led a public relations campaign to pressure the White House to help cities in the wake of governors of southern states, particularly Florida and Texas, ferrying migrants to the Big Apple.

“(When I made the trip to El Paso, you could see firsthand the impact of how it harms not only the founding of El Paso, but looks at Chicago, Houston, Washington, New York”, Adams said Wednesday morning on MSNBC.

“It’s just plain unfair for cities to bear the brunt of a national issue.”

Later in the interview, the mayor went so far as to compare the situation New York currently faces to that of a fire.

“If my house burns down, I don’t want to hear about fire prevention. Let’s turn off the fire. And the fire right now is the overgrowth of migrants and asylum seekers in several cities across the country,” Adams explained.

The influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to New York City has strained local resources providing social services to newcomers. According to City Hall, the city spent $366 million last year, with Adams warning that figure could top $2 billion in the first half of 2023 alone.

“We’re pointing the finger at our national government,” Adams said during his visit to El Paso.

“It’s a national problem. We need to have real immigration reform, and we need to immediately have a short-term solution to make sure the cost of this doesn’t fall on our local towns.

Although President Joe Biden has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris as Border Czar tasked with resolving the crisis, she has cut labor-related events from her schedule, instead advocating to address the “root causes” of the crisis. migration in Latin America.

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