Eric Adams: NYC Mayor Says Migrant Issue Is “Humanitarian Crisis” That Requires US “Hands-On Coordination”

“We have to be clear that this, as I said, is a humanitarian crisis created by human hands. And it’s a moment on everyone’s hands. When we all have to come together and coordinate. Coordination throughout. a crisis is something we have to do together. That’s the federal government, that’s also the governor of the state of Texas, as well as the governor of the state of Florida,” Adams, a Democrat, told CNN’s “State” Jake Tapper. of the Union”.

“We should not treat other cities and municipalities in the way we are seeing now,” he added.

Adams’ remarks came after GOP Govs. Democrats Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida angered Texas migrants on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ Washington residence. While critics of the governor’s moves have called them political mistakes, they underscore the growing crisis on the southern border and the need for leaders in Washington and elsewhere to work together to address the problem.

Abbott’s office estimated last week that more than 2,500 migrants have been taken from Texas to New York.

For his part, Adams said Abbott and DeSantis are showing an “erosion of basic human rights” by “treating people in an inhumane manner.” He described some of the conditions migrants encountered when they arrived in New York from the border states.

“In some cases, we had people who were Covid positive with people on buses who were dehydrated, they didn’t have proper food,” he said. “They even tagged some of them, like you’d tag an animal.”

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, meanwhile, defended Abbott and DeSantis in an interview on “State of the Union” Sunday, saying the governors were “doing their best to try to send a message to the rest of the nation.” the situation of those individuals coming from south of the border”.

“You’re talking about 3.4 million people who have crossed the border since this Biden administration started. And they’re coming into the southern states,” Rounds said. “What’s a governor to do? They’re trying to send a message to the rest of the country that this is not acceptable, and that their states cannot handle this kind of influx.”

Adams said on Sunday that it was “truly unfortunate” that a country known for its humanitarian actions would act this way. “This is a disaster for our entire country,” he said.

The mayor said he has spoken with DC leaders to discuss immigration reform, stressing the importance of allowing newcomers to work in the US.

“I don’t think it’s very logical for people to be here for months without the ability to look for employment, especially at a time when we are looking for workers in various sectors of our city,” he said.

Adams also said he plans to change some policies in the city’s “Right to Work” law to better address the situation.

“I am sure that 40 years ago, when this law came into force, no one thought that we would receive 11,000 migrants or asylum seekers,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, while criticizing Republican governors for their actions, insisted on Sunday that the immigration system must be tackled, even if it is a difficult issue for Democrats, ahead of the midterms.

The Illinois Democrat acknowledged on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that there is a “political risk” for Democrats in debating immigration, but said it was not an insurmountable issue.

“All these things can be done. Are they controversial? You bet. Some are very controversial, but we know we have to do it,” he said.

This story has been updated with additional reactions.

CNN’s Morgan Rimmer contributed to this report.