Eric Adams dismisses Biden’s border claims, says migrants ‘come from somewhere’

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday poked fun at repeated White House claims that the southern border is safe and scoffed that the swarm of migrants that overwhelmed the Big Apple “came from somewhere.”

In an exclusive, virtual meeting with the Post’s editorial team, Adams also slammed Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state legislature for not helping the city other than to patronize that he’s “doing a great job.”

A day after White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defiantly declared that “the border is not open” despite a record 2.4 million encounters with migrants in fiscal 2022, Adams was asked if he backed her claim agree.

“They’re coming from somewhere, so if it’s not open, they’re coming from somewhere,” Hizzoner said. “So we have to deal with the border issue.”

Adams – who warned Monday that an expected wave of migrants would affect “every service” that New Yorkers rely on, including the NYPD – said the runaway situation has “really hurt our cities,” naming them “unfair”.

Adams said the city is now being overrun by migrants from the southern border.
Mayor Eric Adams has ridiculed repeated White House claims that the southern border is safe.
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“We shouldn’t be telling longtime Americans and New Yorkers that we won’t be offering you these services after the traumatizing effects of COVID,” he said.

Adams also stepped up his criticism of Hochul, whom his government on Sunday accused of leaving the city “to tackle this problem alone.”

“All of our MPs should join this conversation about how we’re going to resolve this, and you may have heard from them, but I haven’t heard from anyone,” the mayor said.

When asked what happens if he calls Hochul to ask for help, Adams simply replied, “Well, we see you’re doing a good job.”

Adams said the state was no help to him.
Adams also slammed Gov. Kathy Hochul and state legislators for failing to help the city.
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“No!” he said. “We’re doing a good job because we really have to pull this through. But we all have to get involved.”

Adams also revealed that earlier in the day he sent Speaker Adrienne Adams (D-Brooklyn) a desperate letter, “urging City Council members to make a 50 percent cut in their discretionary dollars.”

“Because many of them are talking about what we need to do to help the migrants [asylum] seekers,” he says. “So they have to help too. You know let’s not spend other people’s money so we need them to take a 50% cut at the end of the year so we can contribute and pool the money.”

A spokesman for the council spokesman said the mayor’s letter had not arrived and declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday took credit for adding $800 million to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposed budget and said New York City could seek to draw on those funds to offset the estimated $1 billion cost of providing migrants with housing and other services.

Over 21,000 live in the city's shelter system.
As of Sunday, more than 31,800 migrants have arrived in the city since the spring.
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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.

Adding to Jean-Pierre’s remarks on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris – who blamed Biden for the migration crisis last year – insisted in September that the southern border was “safe” before blaming the millions of crossings for “a lot of problems.” We are trying to remedy the situation that has deteriorated over the past four years.”

Earlier this month, Biden flew to Arizona to give a brief speech at a microchip factory, but said he didn’t have time to visit the nearby border with Mexico because he had “more important things” on his schedule. Eric Adams dismisses Biden’s border claims, says migrants ‘come from somewhere’


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