EL PASO, TX – Over the weekend, New York City Mayor Eric Adams visited El Paso, Texas to observe the immigration crisis in the border region and call for federal support.
“This is a national crisis and we need a national solution. Mayors like Oscar Leeser and myself are on the front lines and we need federal support,” Adams said.
Since last spring, El Paso has taken in nearly 40,000 immigrants and asylum seekers. A few weeks ago, Eric Adams warned of the high impact this immigration crisis could cause, so he is calling for a strategic solution.
On Saturday night, Adams toured with his El Paso counterpart, part of the militarized border, as well as some of the spaces set up as temporary shelters, while on Sunday, he visited the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, where he spoke with Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House, about the network of religious leaders he is working with throughout the country to manage the influx of asylum seekers.
“Neither New York nor El Paso can take any more migrants,” Adams said Sunday afternoon at a press conference accompanied by El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, with whom he toured the border region Saturday and Sunday.
Adams has been calling for months for a national response to the immigration situation, warning of the impact that taking in all these people is having on New York City’s coffers.
Just last Friday, before his arrival in El Paso, he said in a radio interview that the cost of caring for people in mobility had risen to between 1.5 and 2 billion dollars and warned that this could significantly aggravate the Big Apple’s budget deficit.
“That money comes from our schools. It comes from our public safety, our hospitals, our infrastructure,” Adams said.