New York City Mayor Eric Adams is trying to revoke his city’s “Sanctuary City” status as it faces breaking point amid the massive influx of illegal immigrants.
Last week, Mayor Eric Adams issued an executive order suspending the city’s right-to-shelter rules, which require the city to locate private rooms for asylum seekers rapidly.
“No asylum seeking-family that has sought shelter from us over the last year has slept on the street thanks to our colossal efforts, but without more support from our federal and state partners, we are concerned the worst may be yet to come,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“With over 130 emergency sites and eight humanitarian relief centers already opened, we have reached our limit, and this last week we had to resort to temporarily housing recent arrivals in gyms. In an effort to mitigate those risks and find room within our shelter system, the city has temporarily suspended the policy surrounding timing for placements in shelters. This is not a decision taken lightly, and we will make every effort to get asylum seekers into shelter as quickly as possible as we have done since day one.”
As The Daily Fetched reported last week, Homeless veterans were being booted from New York hotels to make room for the influx of illegal immigrants.
Ex-military, including a 24-year-old man in desperate need of help after serving his country in Afghanistan, were evicted from their temporary housing to make way for the illegal migrants flooding into the city amid the end of Title 42.
Thousands of illegal immigrants arrived in New York City at the taxpayer’s expense, with NYC placing them into 14 hotels at zero cost.
Meanwhile, a New York hotel canceled 30 rooms booked for a wedding to make room for illegal migrants.
On Thursday, Adams went to court to ask a judge to reevaluate New York City’s ‘sanctuary city’ status due to the influx of illegal immigrants.
“The law of sanctuary city was in place long before I became mayor. I’m following the law. As a law enforcement person, you know, we follow the law,” Adams said.
“We are now in court now, today, asking the judge to revisit this law to deal with this humanitarian crisis because, even when they decided to put in place that law, no one thought they would be dealing with a humanitarian crisis of this proportion,” he added.
However, in 2021 Mayor Adams said that New York City would continue to be a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants.
So what’s changed?
New York’s sanctuary city policy leads to increased ICE activity, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
“ICE continues to protect communities by taking criminal aliens off the streets regardless of any locality’s cooperation policies – which is part of our congressionally mandated mission,” said ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham.
Those arrested in New York were citizens and nationals from the following countries:
The arrests included charges filed for sexual assault against a child, assault, rape and criminal possession of a loaded firearm and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child,
“Let us not gloss over the fact that the vast majority of the individuals arrested during this operation have criminal histories. It’s frightening that New York City politicians created laws that force local law enforcement agencies to release dangerous criminals back into the community despite the seriousness of their crimes,” said Thomas R. Decker, ICE ERO New York field office director.