OAN’s Elizabeth Bolbelding
6:15pm – Tuesday, September 19, 2023
New York City Mayor Eric Adams and US President Joe Biden have avoided contact with each other since Mr Biden’s recent arrival in New York City.
Relations between the two have reportedly soured over disagreements over the city’s immigration crisis.
Last year, the president and mayor were seen together at a Democratic Party fundraiser in New York City and a huge reception at the United Nations General Assembly.
But relations between the two have soured due to New York City’s growing immigration crisis, and there are no future plans for them to cross paths during the president’s short stay.
Adams, R-New York, has consistently implored the White House for additional resources to help cities stem the flow of illegal immigrants and remains open about the lack of action being taken. .
“I will announce whether I will meet with the president or not,” Adams said.
The 63-year-old mayor also said he has not had contact with Biden since the beginning of this year.
“I think they should really reflect on how New York City played its role while he was here,” he said. “This beautiful city, which is the economic engine of the entire country, has $2 billion already spent, $5 billion to spend in this fiscal crisis, and $12 billion over the next two budget cycles. I hope he understands that.”
Additionally, the president has no plans to tour immigrant shelters or attend the Roosevelt Hotel, which currently serves as an “immigrant reception center.” The shelter is located just four blocks from the United Nations Headquarters in midtown Manhattan.
According to Politico, New York City currently hosts about 110,000 immigrants.
However, Biden did not express concern about the U.S. illegal immigration crisis in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
Adams said he believes the city will lose $12 billion by July 2025 due to the crisis. That’s why he’s taking action, ordering city officials to cut their budgets by at least 15 percent by next year, which he says will negatively impact New York City’s police and firefighters. , more.
Earlier this month, Adams described the costs and damage from the immigration crisis as “destroying” cities.
Over the past year, Adams’ criticism of the Biden administration has become increasingly sharp.
He said Biden has been unable to provide federal aid because New York City has accepted what local leaders have called a “national problem.”
But according to Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, Adams is said to be “trying to blame immigration” for the city’s long-standing financial difficulties.
“There is not a single mayor who will stand up in front of you and say we are going to give up. Never,” Reynoso declared. “This is the first time a mayor has stood up and said, ‘I give up.’ I’m going to raise my hand. Who does that? Not New York, not Brooklyn. We always solve problems, and this is no exception. there is no.”
Biden is scheduled to stay in New York until Wednesday.
The president is scheduled to host a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday night, but Adams has no plans to attend at this time.
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