Illegal immigration is taking its toll on the country and many Democrats are starting to say that enough is enough, criticizing the Biden administration for its lack of leadership. New York City Mayor Eric Adams told New Yorkers in a Tuesday press conference that they need to rally in Washington, D.C. to have their voices heard.
“As Americans, we should go to our center of government and raise our voices when we believe the government is not responding accordingly,” Adams said at the press conference.
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“I’m saying to New Yorkers, ‘You’re angry and I’m angry, and the source of our discontent lies in DC.’ And we need to mobilize and rally and go to D.C. and say to the national government, ‘This is not fair what’s happening to New York City!’”
In September, the mayor faced criticism when he stated that Biden’s migration “will destroy New York City.” Since last year, New York City has seen more than 110,000 illegal immigrants arrive, due to being bussed without notice by governors of Republican states, which has been a strain on the city.
“One hundred ten thousand migrants we have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, health care, Adams said at town hall.”
“We’re getting no support on this national crisis,” he added.
In a New York Times poll conducted in October, 54% of New Yorkers described immigration as a “burden” while only 34% described it as a “benefit.”
Many of the illegal immigrants are eager to work but are unable to secure jobs that will keep them out of poverty. Their labor has resulted in keeping city wages low, resulting in the middle class leaving the area, along with their children.
Of the 110,000 illegals who have arrived, over 50,000 remain in the city’s care. Officials have reported that shelters and other resources are at capacity, with approximately 500 immigrants arriving in New York daily. The resources taken up by these individuals are resources that could have gone to the city’s homeless population, which is increasing.
On Tuesday, illegal immigrants and their advocates marched outside New York City Hall to demand that Adams not end his plan to limit the number of days newly arrived illegals can remain in city-run shelters. Currently, the mayor has allowed families to stay in shelters for up to 60 days and single immigrants up to 30 days before they are forced to leave.