“President Biden is coming to the city,” Adams said, continuing:
I am hoping that he understands this beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with $2 billion that we spent already, $5 billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12 billion in the next two budgetary cycles. New York doesn’t deserve this. The asylum seekers don’t deserve this.
Biden has no plans to meet with Adams, but he did meet with Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul, who posted on social media, “Had a very productive conversation with President Biden tonight regarding some of our specific requests for help with the migrant crisis. Also commended him on his leadership at the UN today.”
Adams was removed from Biden’s reelection team earlier this year following harsh remarks he made about the president. According to Adams, he has not spoken directly to the president regarding the migrant crisis since earlier this year:
I spoke to the president earlier this year and shared our concerns. The governor also communicated with him, and that was the last time we spoke with the president. I have communicated with the White House staffers to talk about the urgency of the moment. You know, we need an emergency declaration, we need to be properly funded, we need a decompression strategy not only in the city but throughout the state. This is just wrong.
Reportedly, 110,000 migrants have come through New York City since spring 2022, and 60,000 remain in the city.