Many Republicans — and even some moderate Democrats — have long blamed leftist policies for weakening the nation’s border security and ushering in millions of undocumented immigrants in recent years.
Democratic bastions across the country have touted their status as “sanctuary jurisdictions” in which federal immigration law essentially does not apply. When President Joe Biden came into office and rolled back his predecessor’s tough border laws, the situation immediately worsened.
Nevertheless, the mayor of one such sanctuary city is now attempting to blame Republicans for the border crisis.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been lamenting the toll that incoming migrants have taken on his city’s resources in recent weeks — and pointed the finger at GOP leaders during a recent CBS News interview.
“If this is properly handled at the border level, this issue can be resolved while we finally get Congress, particularly the Republican Party, to deal with comprehensive immigration policy,” he said.
To her credit, “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan pressed Adams on New York City’s sanctuary status, asking him if it effectively turned the Big Apple into a “migrant magnet.”
Without missing a beat, the mayor turned his attention back toward the GOP.
“The problem is that Republicans for far too many years have failed to deal with real immigration reform,” he claimed. “This is a national issue.”
Of course, Adams also reserved some criticism for the Biden administration, asserting that the White House has not offered enough financial assistance to New York City.
“When you look at the price tag, $30 million comes nowhere near what the city is paying for a national problem,” he said, asserting that the city has already spent more than $4 billion on housing and other migrant-related expenses.
His latest remarks on the issue echoed comments earlier this month in which he sought to distribute the blame across party lines.
Eric Adams is exasperated by Joe Biden's Open Borders:
"No city should be carrying this burden, it's a national problem and it requires a national solution."pic.twitter.com/YiI4Gj76C7
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 16, 2023
“It is not about the asylum-seekers and migrants, all of us came from somewhere to pursue the American Dream,” he said. “It is the irresponsibility of the Republican Party in Washington for refusing to do real immigration reform, and it’s the irresponsibility of the White House for not addressing this problem.”