Mayor Eric Adams Points Finger At Biden: Blames Administration Amid Migrant Protests

By Tommy Wilson | Friday, 19 April 2024 03:00 PM
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has criticized the Biden administration for its perceived failure to provide employment opportunities for migrants.

This comes in the wake of a large-scale protest that took place outside City Hall on Tuesday. The demonstration saw the participation of over 1,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, Guinea, and West Africa, who gathered to demand increased aid, improved shelters, and work permits.

The protest occurred ahead of a City Council oversight hearing that was centered on the experiences of black immigrants. The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed to DailyMail.com that no arrests were made during the demonstration.

In a statement to DailyMail.com, Adams' office asserted, "As we have said repeatedly, the federal government needs to finish the job they started by providing an immediate pathway to work for the tens of thousands of migrants they let into this country." The statement further emphasized that while New York City is proud of the dignity and respect it has been able to offer these migrants, the city should not have been left to manage this national humanitarian crisis largely on its own.

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The hearing, which was limited to 250 attendees, saw hundreds more gather in the park across the street. Some individuals were reportedly lured to the event under the false promise of receiving green cards and work visas, according to a source who spoke to the New York Post.

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City Councilmember Alexa Avilés, chair of the Committee on Immigration, organized the hearing to highlight the experiences of undocumented African immigrants in the city's shelters. Avilés stated, "Today's hearing centers the experiences of Black immigrants in NYC and has turned out over 1,000 people. We must uproot the anti-Blackness that plagues our systems of care - this work requires dedication, creativity, and a city willing to fund our short, mid, and long term needs."

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The hearing was a joint effort by the City Council's Committee of Immigration and Committee on Hospitals. The goal was to understand how the Adams administration is addressing language access barriers, cultural competency challenges, health needs, and other obstacles faced by new immigrants.

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During the meeting, a bill was introduced that would mandate the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), in consultation with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), to survey newly arrived migrants and asylum seekers. The survey would gather data on their skills, economic prospects, and barriers to employment growth.

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Adams has been vocal in his criticism of the Biden administration and the surge of immigrants in sanctuary cities, describing the situation as "one of the largest humanitarian crises this city has ever experienced."

A City Hall spokesperson stated, "Since the spring of 2022, we have provided shelter, compassion, and care to more than 190,000 people, many of whom have migrated here from African countries, and our shelter system has done an exceptional job accommodating their specific needs."

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New York City has welcomed over 175,000 migrants and is currently housing approximately 67,500, with a 30-day limit on shelter stays to mitigate overcrowding. Adams has estimated that the city will spend $12 billion over the next three years to manage the influx, which includes setting up large-scale emergency shelters, renting out hotels, and providing various government services for migrants.

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