Adams warns migrant surge will affect NYC’s safety and ‘basic services’

Mayor Eric Adams warned Monday that the cost of dealing with an impending swarm of migrants due to the end of U.S. Title 42 border policy will affect “every service” New Yorkers rely on — including the NYPD.

“It’s alarming. That’s it,” Adams said. “And New Yorkers need to be aware of what we’re dealing with, and I’m not going to sugarcoat it.

“I will not give the impression that this new influx will not affect our basic services.”

Adams added: “Every service we provide is impacted by the influx of migrants into our city.

“It will have an impact on education. It will affect the dollars we use to clean up our streets. It will affect our public safety,” the mayor warned. “It will impact how we help long-term New Yorkers who are in need.”

In September, Adams ordered general budget cuts of 3% to all city agencies, but later exempted police officers, firefighters and teachers from orders to leave about 4,700 vacant city positions vacant.

Adams’ ominous predictions came a day after The Post exclusively revealed how his administration told City Council that the upcoming lifting of pandemic-related immigration restrictions on the southern border would result in a spate of buses bringing migrants to the Big Apple.

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“I’m not going to suggest that this new influx won’t affect our basic services,” said Mayor Eric Adams.
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Officials plan to allocate many resources to help the newcomers adjust.
Robert Mecea

The “Title 42” policy is scheduled to end Wednesday by order of Washington DC federal judge Emmet Sullivan, who ruled that it was illegally imposed by then-President Donald Trump.

Also on Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul, who along with President Biden and the Adams Feds have been criticized for failing to help the Big Apple deal with the migrant crisis, passed the buck to Biden, saying she was “working with others.” Governors who are affected are coming together to get the White House to understand that this calls for a federal response.”

“And changing Title 42 by a court decision within days will put tremendous pressure on other states and our cities,” she said during an independent news briefing in Brooklyn. “And we’re working closely with the White House to try to do something to stem that flow, because that’s going to be an unsustainable situation.”

In Adams’ message to the council, City Hall Advisor Ethan Gural noted that neither President Biden nor Hochul has allocated the $1 billion cost of providing shelter and other services to migrants — an annual estimate made before Sullivan’s decision.

An influx of migrants have traveled far to seek safety in the United States.
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The Title 42 policy is set to end on Wednesday.
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“We have worked diligently to support our federal and state partners as we cannot continue to address this issue alone,” Gural wrote.

Early Monday morning, two buses carried about 80 migrants from Texas to the Port Authority terminal in Midtown Manhattan, with some passengers – including young children – wrapped in blankets against the freezing cold.

Sources told the Post that two more buses were on the way.

During a Q&A with reporters after an independent news conference in the Bronx, Adams said the end of Title 42 would result in a “massive increase in asylum seekers and migrants per week” from the roughly “150 per day” that are now arriving daily.

“It was never really eradicated. It may have dissipated a bit, but it hasn’t been eradicated,” he said.

“More migrants will mean more jobs for police officers, not less. We’re already dangerously understaffed,” a source said.
Robert Mecea

Asked if he would reopen his controversial tent city on Randall’s Island, Adams said, “When dealing with a crisis, nothing is off the table.”

“We don’t want to go back to what we had to use when we had a big influx,” he said. “But all I have to do … I have to focus on a crisis that is going to hit our city and I will be prepared for that crisis.”

An NYPD source told the Post that Adam’s plan to cut city services “has nothing to do with reality.”

“More migrants will mean more jobs for police officers, not less. We’re already at a dangerously low staffing level,” the source said.

As of Sunday, more than 31,800 migrants have arrived in the city since the spring, of whom nearly 21,700 are living in taxpayer-funded shelters, according to the latest figures from city hall. Adams warns migrant surge will affect NYC’s safety and ‘basic services’


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