He said, ‘The harsh thing is how we have been ignored as a city. And now I have to make tough decisions on New York’s resources… It’s time for the federal government to step up.’
The White House has been in contact with Adams, and the Department of Homeland Security is extending support to the cities, said an administration official who did not elaborate on that support. DHS did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Demands for help from local leaders, and growing friction among them, add another layer of pressure to the Biden administration’s faltering response to the border crisis.
The mayors of New York and Chicago begged for federal aid after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas bused thousands of migrants from the southern border to these cities last year. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew dozens of Venezuelan asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard in September, a move widely condemned by Democrats.
Since September, New York’s City Hall has asked the White House for help on several fronts, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. Among other things, he has called for funding, help convening local and state leaders to discuss relocating some asylum seekers, and relaxing work requirements so migrants can find jobs, people he said.
But inaction has left local leaders at a crossroads, even as Biden administration officials point to hundreds of millions of dollars to help with the migrant crisis. It is still unclear how this money, passed in the latest government funding bill, will be allocated and how much will reach New York City specifically.
The administration’s continued silence on Democrats’ appeals is yet another sign that President Joe Biden has limited means to deal with record levels of migrant crossings, which are now straining cities thousands of miles north of the US-Mexico border. are pouring in. And the president faces the political challenge of trying to appease both Republicans and a growing number of Democrats, who have criticized much of his border policies, while not further angering immigration reform advocates and attorneys.
Biden is scheduled to travel to Mexico City early next week, where he will meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The White House is planning a possible stop at the US-Mexico border during Biden’s visit, which would be the president’s first since taking office. Vice President Kamala Harris had visited the southern border in June 2021.
Adams said Wednesday that his city would continue to support migrants but warned that space and resources were dwindling. New York City has opened dozens of emergency shelters, he said, but schools, the health care system and other public services are facing unprecedented strain.
“I don’t know if we really understand the magnitude of leaving 30,000 people in a city that has already gone through a crisis,” Adams said, referring to his COVID pandemic recovery.
The limit dilemma has intensified for the Biden administration in recent weeks as officials prepared for a court order to end Title 42 limits, only to see the Supreme Court temporarily halt the policy which allows the US to deport immigrants without considering their claims. hospital. But regardless of the fate of the Trump-era policy – to be decided later this year – the southern border is facing a record-breaking migration surge, which will remain a troubling issue during Biden’s presidency .
And now the criticism of his own party is intensifying.
“Chicago mayor’s right,” Adams said, when asked if he agreed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s criticism of Polis and if he had a message for Biden. “When I talked to her yesterday, she says, ‘Eric, you know, we’ve been a little too patient. You know, we can’t do anything to embarrass our families, but now the time has come. Let us start doing that.’”
Adams said her frustration was not directed at Biden alone, who like other presidents has struggled to address the issue. He said lawmakers in Congress must step in to fix the problem, an impossible prospect with tight margins in both chambers and the GOP-led House.
The Biden administration official also directed POLITICO to Biden’s comprehensive immigration reform package he put forward nearly two years ago, while blaming Republicans for rejecting requests for funding for additional border security and management resources Was.
For its part, the number of migrants trying to cross could increase as US officials weighing a new humanitarian parole program for migrants from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua, according to several people familiar with the Biden administration plan. considering ways to reduce it. The new policy set for Venezuelans this fall has created a narrow path for 24,000 migrants who already had ties to the United States, and someone who could provide financial and other support. But implementation of the program, which pertains to countries experiencing political and economic upheaval, is dependent on the use of Title 42 authority for those who are not eligible.
Julia Marsh contributed to this report.
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