Eric Adams cancels border trip over State Dept. safety concerns; but it’s cool for US citizens to live there?

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has reportedly canceled a planned trip to tour the southern border after the U.S. State Department warned about some “safety concerns.”

The embattled Democrat was set to tour Brownsville and McAllen, Texas on Sunday alongside immigration leaders but, before he could take off on Saturday, the trip was nixed, according to the mayor’s office. The decision came days after the city had to suspend the “right to shelter” policy.

Evidently, planned stops in Mexico prompted a warning from the State Department, leading to the postponement of the trip after Adams had been invited to the southern U.S. border by Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande.

“As Lent draws to a close, our team was excited to stand with faith and humanitarian leaders who have dedicated their lives to serving the most needy among us and we were eager to discuss our work in New York City and explore new ways to collaborate with leaders in cities across the country,” the mayor’s spokesperson Amaris Cockfield said in a statement.

“We hope to continue our partnership with these nationally-recognized Latino leaders and organizations as we look for concrete solutions to resolve the crisis at the border,” she added.

The former New York Police Department officer had visited El Paso, Texas in January, and last October, he had stopped in Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia on a four-day trip through Latin America, discouraging those thinking of making the trek to the U.S.

“More than 180,000 migrants have come to New York City since the spring of 2022, according to the mayor’s office. More than 64,000 are in the city’s care through its more than 200 emergency shelter sites,” the Associated Press reported.

The change in plans for Adams comes after an agreement was reached between human rights advocates and city officials regarding the mayor’s effort to cancel the city’s “ right to shelter ” policy.

“The agreement essentially ends the city’s blanket requirement to provide shelter for adult immigrants without any time limits. Now, officials can decide whether to allow a migrant to stay in a shelter beyond 30 days on a case-by-case basis,” the AP reported.”Additional time will be granted if a person shows ‘significant efforts to resettle,’ which can include making an appointment with an immigration lawyer, applying for a resettlement program or proof that they’re searching for housing.”

“This new agreement acknowledges the realities of where we are today, affirms our shared mission to help those in need and grants us additional flexibility to navigate this ongoing crisis,” Adams said in a video announcement.

Frieda Powers

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