New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned during a press conference on Tuesday that “every community” in the sprawling city is going to come face to face with illegal aliens in the coming weeks, regardless of how they feel about it.
He offered the stark assessment after a reporter asked him about a busload of illegal aliens being dropped off in Staten Island.
“There has been an influx of asylum seekers to Staten Island. There’s going to be a community board meeting tonight about it. Members of the community said that they’ve been getting knocks on their door from asylum seekers asking for food and some supplies,” the reporter asked.
“Can you speak to that? Did you know that there were buses going to Staten Island? How many buses have gone there and what’s the plan for those asylum seekers that are going to the Comfort Inn hotel there?” the reporter continued.
“A week ago I said hell no not in my neighborhood, but after seeing the moms and children, this is heartbreaking. This isn’t left or right. I just gave someone $25.” – the compassion from republicans on Staten Island dropping off donations for #migrants #asylumseekers. pic.twitter.com/iAeyQNS0I3
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) October 11, 2022
The mayor replied by reiterating that “every community” may soon face the same, and that their bellyaching won’t make a difference.
“[E]very community is going to see asylum seekers. … And so Staten Island and other communities, everyone is going to see asylum seekers. So all the calls that I’m getting from elected officials, all the calls that I’m hearing from people, of saying, ‘Please not here,’ that just can’t happen,” he said.
“This is a citywide crisis and all of us are going to be impacted. And Staten Island is going to be impacted like the other four boroughs,” Adams added.
The mayor also pushed back on those who’ve complained about not receiving a heads-up about incoming illegal aliens.
“First of all, an emergency is an emergency. We can’t give people a month heads up. We don’t know the count of these buses. These guys in the south are not coordinated. So for people to say, ‘Well, I got a one-day heads up,’ we’re not even getting a one-day heads up. As the emergency comes, we have to make these on-the-ground moves and make sure that we deal with the crises that’s in front of us,” he said.
“And a lot of people have not really dealt with emergencies before. So it’s like hard for some of those who are in leadership right now to understand during the crises and emergency how you have to move things around. I remember during September 11 how we had to respond and everyone rallied together.”
Missing from his remarks was, as usual, any criticism of President Joe Biden’s administration, which is ultimately responsible for the throngs of illegal aliens pouring across the border and later being shipped off to cities like NYC.
We shouldn’t be subjected to the impactful burden this places on the taxpayers who are already struggling. The root cause of the problem is President Biden’s policies & he has to fix it. Every local elected official should be demanding that. https://t.co/8CSYwSN5YK
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) October 5, 2022
Missing was also any recognition of the problems that communities like Staten Island are beginning to face thanks to Adams’ decision to house and take care of illegal aliens.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends First” this Tuesday, several local officials complained that the influx of illegal alien children into NYC’s schools is “unsustainable.”
“There’s really no place to put these children,” Staten Island’s Travis Civic Association president Gene Guerra said.
“If all these children are going to school, that’s $200 million a year. Over five years, that’s a billion a year. Our point is very simple. We did not create this situation. The people of Staten Island didn’t create the situation. This is a federal issue. It warrants a federal solution,” Staten Island Borough president Vito Fossella added.
The feds have thus far abstained from helping NYC and other affected cities, though to hear Adams tell it, his administration has been in touch with them.
“We have been communicating with our federal and state partners. Today is the first workday. I believe that we’re going to start seeing some influx of assistance that we need,” he said during Tuesday’s presser.
“The goal is for, this is an all-hands-on-deck moment and we need to make sure that we respond to this. So to answer your question directly, there’s nothing specific that I can point to. But we have been on our communication since we’ve been this morning when the team briefed me,” Adams added.
All this comes days after the mayor declared a state of emergency over the influx of illegal aliens arriving into the city.
As NYC, a self-described ‘sanctuary city,’ has been overwhelmed by illegal migrants, Mayor Eric Adams has declared a state of emergency and is asking for funds from the state and federal government. pic.twitter.com/Gd5G5bCV3K
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 7, 2022
The state of emergency likewise comes as overwhelmed border state governors and border city mayors continue to ship illegals to Democrat havens like NYC.
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