By Tim Reid
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The mayor of New York traveled to the Mexican border city of El Paso on Sunday and declared that “there is no room in New York” for busloads of migrants being sent to America’s most populous city.
Eric Adams, a Democrat, was also critical of Democratic US President Joe Biden’s administration, saying “now is the time for the national government to do its job” about the immigrant crisis on America’s southern border.
A New York mayor’s visit to a southern frontier town on the issue of immigrants is unprecedented.
Busloads of migrants have been shipped north through Republican states to New York and other cities. That has exacerbated a housing crisis in New York and a worsening homeless crisis in the city.
Adam’s trip to El Paso comes after he said the influx of migrants to New York could cost the city as much as $2 billion at a time when the city is already facing a large budget deficit.
In recent months, the Republican governors of Florida and Texas have sent thousands of migrants seeking refuge in the US to cities run by Democratic politicians, including New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
(Reporting by Tim Reid; editing by Diane Craft)