Mayor Adams demands expedited work permits from Biden for NYC migrants at rally

Mayor Eric Adams is taking to the streets to demand another expedited work permit from the Biden administration for thousands of migrants who have poured into the Big Apple since last year.

Hizzoner told a crowd of about 200 in lower Manhattan on Thursday that the government needed to intervene, following Gov. Kathy Hochul’s visit to the White House on Wednesday to plead for help.

“We need to speed up the issuance of work visas,” Adams said at a rally in Foley Square. “It’s just common sense.

“We could continue construction of the pipeline,” he said. “This dream of working hard to build a better life for you and your family is rooted in a dream we call the American Dream, no matter where you come from, no matter how much you have in your pocket when you arrive.

“We urge our national leaders not to do this to New York. New York City deserves better.”

Hochul spent nearly three hours in a closed session with President Biden’s chief of staff Jeff Zients.

Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday urged the White House to expedite federal approval for the thousands of migrants who have poured into the Big Apple to obtain work visas so they can do bookkeeping and support themselves.
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Migrants arrive in the city.
New York City officials said Sunday that since spring last year, more than 107,000 migrants seeking asylum have been processed in the Big Apple and nearly 60,000 are being housed and cared for by the city.
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According to a report released after the meeting, the government will launch a nationwide campaign in September to instruct migrants who have been granted work permits on how to get legal jobs.

“The administration officials and the governor reiterated their commitment to continue these talks in the coming days and weeks and call on Congress to provide programs with adequate resources to support communities that are hosting migrants and to enact immigration reform,” the statement said the document.

On Thursday, a group of city council leaders joined the call for state work permits for the migrants.

“As more people seeking asylum in the United States arrive in our city, it is critical that they are allowed to work legally to support themselves, their families and our city,” one said Statement from more than half a dozen lawmakers.

Migrant protests in New York City.
Hundreds of New York City residents have protested Mayor Eric Adams’ handling of the refugee crisis. Backlash against the conversion of a former Staten Island Catholic school into housing sparked fresh rumors of secession from the city.
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Demonstrators at the rally express their support for work permits.
Demonstrators at the rally express their support for work permits.
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said Adams "New York City deserves better."
Adams said, “New York City deserves better.”
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“People seeking asylum can make a tremendous contribution to our economy and it is imperative that we enable that outcome,” they said.

As of Sunday, more than 107,000 migrants had been cleared from the US border in New York City — including 2,900 last week alone — and nearly 60,000 are in city shelters, officials said.

Many of the migrants have turned to WhatsApp and Facebook pages to snag jobs while awaiting an asylum decision in the US, including in housekeeping, construction and food delivery.

City and state officials, who foot the bill for housing and services for migrants, are pushing to make them accountable and self-sufficient, giving taxpayers pause.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams have both called on President Biden to do more to ease the burden of the refugee crisis. This week White House officials said they would help help migrants who have been granted work permits find jobs.

But the city’s handling of the migrant crisis has sparked a backlash, including on Staten Island, where the conversion of the former St. John Avilla Academy Catholic school into a 300-bed emergency shelter is leading hundreds in the district to renewed calls for a move away from the migrant crisis other districts.

At Thursday’s Foley Square rally, a protester holding a sign that read ‘Close border’ was dragged away by police officers – while the mayor chanted ‘Let them work’.

The protester, former Queens City Council candidate Jonathan Rinaldi, called the mayor “Biden’s bitch.”

Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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