During a town hall meeting on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams expressed deep concern over the escalating number of illegal immigrants arriving in the city. He emphasized the potential detrimental impact on the city’s fabric, stating, “This issue will destroy New York City.”
Mayor Adams, known for his problem-solving approach, candidly admitted, “I don’t see an ending to this. I don’t see an ending to this.” He highlighted the diverse origins of the migrants, noting that while initially, most were from Venezuela, the city is now seeing an influx from countries like Ecuador, Russia, and western Africa. These individuals are primarily entering the U.S. through the southern border and then making their way to New York City.
The Mayor stressed that the city’s immigration challenge is not isolated to specific neighborhoods or boroughs. “It’s gonna come to your neighborhoods. All of us are going to be impacted by this,” Adams warned. He recalled that last year, the city had 15,000 migrants, a number that has now surged to 110,000. He lamented the city’s transformation, saying, “The city we knew, we’re about to lose.”
BREAKING: Mayor Adams basically conceding New York City is done because of illegal immigration and warns New Yorkers illegals will flood ALL neighborhoods. pic.twitter.com/Lj5E3BSvDX
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Adams also highlighted the city’s collective responsibility in addressing the situation. He observed a pattern where each borough seems to be passing the responsibility to another, creating a cycle of inaction. Addressing the attendees, he asked, “How many of you organized to stop what they’re doing to us?” and further questioned how many had actively opposed policies that, in his view, were detrimental to the city.
In his concluding remarks, Mayor Adams emphasized unity and collective action, urging New Yorkers to come together to navigate the challenges posed by the significant rise in illegal immigration.