Mayor Eric Adams, a Democratic leader in New York City, made a critical comment about President Joe Biden during an interview on a local news station. Adams accused Biden of not taking sufficient action to address the influx of migrants entering cities like New York from the southern border. When asked about Biden’s response to the escalating border crisis following the discontinuation of the Title 42 immigration policy, Adams responded by acknowledging the importance of the question.
Adams said, “I think we should all be asking why is this happening to a city that was turning itself around and will continue to do so. This should not be happening to New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and the other big northern cities, and really should not be happening to El Paso or Brownsville, Texas. No city should be carrying this burden. It’s a national problem, and it needs a national solution.”
Mayor Adams has been unafraid to openly criticize a fellow Democrat, which has garnered private support from other Democrats who share concerns about President Biden’s reelection campaign. Following Adams’ assertion that the president mishandled the issue of asylum-seekers, the White House discreetly removed him from its ambassador program, which involves elected officials disseminating the president’s message at the local level.
Democratic-led cities like New York and other major urban areas have experienced a significant influx of migrants who have been transported by Republican governors such as Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida. These Republicans aim to highlight the Democratic Party’s perceived failures in handling immigration issues. Since assuming office, President Biden has witnessed a substantial rise in illegal border crossings, contrasting with the record-low numbers seen during the tenure of former President Donald Trump.
With the termination of Title 42, a policy implemented during the Trump administration that enabled the swift deportation of unauthorized migrants entering the United States, individuals now have the opportunity to remain in the country while their asylum claims are reviewed. However, due to the backlog in the system, some court hearings for determining legal status have been scheduled as far ahead as 2027.