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NextImg:New York Democrats in Congress aren't backing Adams blasting Biden for migrant surge

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is seemingly on his own in regards to Democrats criticizing the Biden administration, claiming the Big Apple is "being destroyed by the migrant crisis."

Adams's critique of President Joe Biden comes after he criticized the Biden administration for refusing to provide New York City with additional financial relief, despite how the city has been forced to house more than 56,000 migrants across over 100 taxpayer-funded shelters. New York Democrats, such as Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, have remained notably quiet regarding the Biden administration's handling of funding regarding immigrants, according to the New York Post.


“He’s trying to throw the weight off him onto the president, whom he’s criticized before, and it’s very unlikely that big city mayors or the federal officials want to join him,” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told the New York Post regarding Adams. “They cannot criticize an incumbent president, which is what Adams has done this week. They’re thinking: You never come back from attacking the president of your own party.”

New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, left, joined by Mayor Eric Adams, center, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, speaks to reporters during a news conference at police headquarters, Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Adams, who visited Washington, D.C., on Friday to ask the administration again for federal aid, claimed none of his fellow city officials "came to Washington, D.C., to fight for the resources," though New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams had visited D.C. two days earlier to ask for additional aid.

On Wednesday, Adams accused the White House of abandoning the city, starting “one of the largest humanitarian crises that this city has ever experienced.”

“The national government has turned its back on New York City,” Adams said. “Every service in this city is going to be impacted by the asylum seeker crisis.”

In January, Adams issued a statement praising Biden's announcement on new measures to manage the flow of asylum seekers from the southern border. However, he added that the country still needed a long-term and proactive strategy to manage the crisis.

“President Biden’s announcement today to expand the humanitarian program to allow more asylum seekers to travel to the United States safely, legally, and in a more controlled manner, is an important, positive step in ensuring our federal partners can better address this humanitarian crisis," the statement read.

In 2017, Adams criticized former President Donald Trump's handling of immigration, saying the United States was "founded on the belief of religious pluralism and equality."

"In this great city of immigrants, we will remain true to our values and always welcome all who yearn to breathe free," Adams wrote.


The migrant crisis in New York City comes as Democrats in the House and the Senate have introduced the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, which, among other proposals, proposes making it easier to release immigrants who qualify as a "vulnerable person." The qualifications of being a "vulnerable person" include someone who is under 21 years of age, pregnant, identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex, has a serious mental or physical illness or disability, has limited English language proficiency, or is a survivor of torture or gender-based violence.

"In the case of an alien subject to a custody determination under this subsection who is a vulnerable person or a primary caregiver, the alien may not be detained unless the Secretary of Homeland Security demonstrates, in addition to the requirements under paragraph (3), that it is unreasonable or not practicable to place the alien in a community-based supervision program," the lawmakers wrote in the text of the bill.