In a video message alongside an economic migrant from Venezuela, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) pleaded with border crossers, who are refusing to leave the Watson Hotel in Manhattan where they were initially placed for free, to relocate to the city’s mega-shelter at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Adams tried enticing them with healthy food options and warm rooms. “I just had to come here when I started hearing all the rumors about it was too cold — my brother got on shorts, it’s warm inside — about the food not being there. You know healthy food is present. Even the snacks are healthy. We just need to stop the anxiety.
“When I spoke to the men who are here, they shared the same energy — ‘We want to come here, we want to work, we want to pursue the American dream. We’re thankful to the people of New York City.’ I heard that over and over again,” Adams continued.
Seeking a job, though, is not a legitimate claim for asylum in the United States.