New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, accused President Joe Biden of destroying New York City with his migrant crisis.
During a panel discussion in Washington, DC, hosted by the African American Mayors Association, Adams was blunt about Biden and his failings regarding the migrant crisis.
“The city is being destroyed by the migrant crisis,” Adams said.
During the panel discussion, Adams was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and outgoing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Adams also took a shot at New York City officials for not fighting hard enough to get federal resources to New York City.
“And none of my folks came to Washington, DC, to fight for the resources that are going to undermine every agency in our city,” Adams added.
Adams’ remarks came after he accused Joe Biden of abandoning New York City and causing “one of the largest humanitarian crises that this city has ever experienced.”
“The national government has turned its back on New York City,” Adams said.
“Every service in this city is going to be impacted by the asylum seeker crisis.”
Between July 2022 and March, New York City has spent $817 million to tackle the migrant crisis, according to the Office of Budget and Management.
According to estimates, the city will spend $4.2 billion on crisis-related costs from June 2023 to the end of the fiscal year 2024, The New York Post reported.
New York City officials sent an application for a $654 million grant from FEMA, which will be decided on May 31.
Adams also met with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell on Friday to discuss the migrant crisis.
But Murad Awawdeh, the New York Immigration Coalition executive director, accused Adams of using “inflammatory rhetoric” to blame its “inability” to manage the budget, according to amNewYork Metro.
“He is throwing NY’s Congressional membership and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams under the bus – all of whom were just in DC this week to lobby on behalf of the city – by stating he is a lone wolf fighting to save his city,” Awawdeh told the outlet.
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