In a staunch defense of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Mayor Eric Adams asserted that both leaders have been actively working behind the scenes to address the migrant crisis in New York City. Adams, attending the annual Labor Day Parade in Midtown, responded to questions regarding a recent editorial in The New York Post that criticized Schumer and Jeffries for their silence and lack of action in pushing President Biden to address the growing crisis in the city. According to Adams, the two Brooklyn Democrats have been in regular communication with him and have played a role in securing over $800 million in federal funding to address the nationwide crisis. However, Adams expressed disappointment that the city did not receive a sufficient portion of the funds, emphasizing the need for national leadership to address the crisis.
Mayor Adams has openly expressed his frustration with President Biden's inadequate financial support in dealing with the influx of over 110,000 migrants in New York City over the past year. As a result, Adams announced plans to implement 5% budget cuts at all city agencies due to the escalating costs, which have already amounted to nearly $1.5 billion. The mayor estimates that addressing the needs of the new arrivals could potentially cost taxpayers up to $12 billion by July 2025.
The lack of support from prominent Democrats, including Schumer, Jeffries, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, has raised concerns among New Yorkers. Mayor Adams, in his criticism of President Biden, also highlighted the absence of assistance from Governor Kathy Hochul during her visit to Washington, D.C. Adams expressed disappointment over the minimal FEMA aid provided to the city and criticized Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas for his negative comments and lack of effective strategies to address the crisis.
The strain on New York City's resources has been overwhelming, with the city bearing the burden of providing housing, food, and education for the migrants. The financial strain is expected to reach $12 billion by the end of fiscal 2025, assuming that the influx of migrants levels off, which seems unlikely under the current policies of the Biden administration. The mayor asserts that the open borders policy pursued by Biden and Mayorkas has not only strained social services but also deprived American citizens of the resources their tax dollars should support.
Schumer and Jeffries, as influential New York elected officials, have the power and platform to confront President Biden on this issue. Schumer's experience as an elder statesman in Congress and Jeffries' potential as a future House speaker make them well-positioned to demand answers and take action. The absence of strong and public questioning from them regarding the impact on New York City and the plan to control the influx of migrants is deeply disappointing. It is the responsibility of the voters to hold them accountable for their failure to address this humanitarian disaster.
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