New York City Needs Mayor Eric Adams To Step Up Amidst “The Migrant Crisis”
The migrant crisis may not directly be your fault, Mr. Adams. We know you aren’t getting proper federal assistance from the Biden administration, and the border is a total mess. But the ways with which you treat our own residents — some of them veterans at that — are unfathomable. I guess it’s better to kick New Yorkers to the street, right?
Yes, migrants — legal and illegal — are coming to our country at the highest rate since 2019, but you need to make a plan for when they arrive — preferably, one where our life-long residents get to keep their homes.
You traveled to Latin America for nothing, telling people not to rush to the city as soon as they cross the border. You have to know that they’re still coming — they literally said so. Post-pandemic, many small businesses decimated throughout impoverished Latin American countries, and people feel they have nothing to lose by migrating to the United States. Instead of sitting around and complaining, take action, and formulate a plan.
Show us you’re a leader.
One suggestion: perhaps collaborate with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., or Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., to request federal assistance and declare an initiative regarding where funds would be placed — an executive order from President Joe Biden, perhaps, would benefit the city. Another idea is an agreement with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows migrants to receive their work permits — effective immediately — upon their arrival to New York City.
USCIS is working to grant humanitarian parole more quickly to people from Venezuela and Haiti, but perhaps if this applied to all migrants — not just those from specific countries — jobless and homeless numbers of city residents would decline, especially among those from Latin American countries. Hopefully city residents wouldn’t have to be forced to leave their homes, either.
Additionally, as we know, allocating funds is now necessary due to the influx of migrants. With the money that may become available due to citywide cuts, build nonprofit shelters and facilities so that people aren’t crowding and flooding the street. This in part, will also allow residents throughout various communities to simply relax, and not worry that their old school or church is now an unorganized migrant station. Also, nonprofit migrant organizations are eligible for federal funding, so major city cuts can certainly remain temporary.
People aren’t happy with how you’ve handled our nation’s greatest city, Mayor Adams, so stop making broad but fake promises for votes, or your approval rating will just continue to plummet. You’re already down to 46%.
Make a plan, act as a leader and just maybe things will start to go right for your remaining term.