The mayor of New York City seemed to criticize both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris when discussing the migrant crisis in the city. In March 2021, Biden appointed Harris to deal with the influx of migrants at the southern border.
When asked Tuesday, Adams said he wanted the Biden administration to help the city deal with the migrant crisis.
“An individual dedicated to the federal government’s decompression strategy is needed. During a press conference, Adams said, “There should be someone at these entry points: El Paso, Brownsville, Texas, and others, too, to help organize a real decompression strategy throughout the country.”
There should be one person we should consider – it is often stated that the VP has too much on her plate to focus on just decompression. If not, the decompression strategy can’t be New York City.”
Adams was unsure whether he was more upset with Harris than Biden for naming Harris “border czar.”
“I will let the mayor’s comments speak for themselves,” Adams’ press secretary said in a statement to the New York Post on Wednesday.
According to a source familiar with Adams’ contacts with the White House, Harris annoyed Adams.
“Not having a point person on a topic that is senior enough to make adjustments in response to the crisis on the ground is frustrating. The main contact has been Homeland Security,” the source said.
Adams’ comments were noted by two New York Republican lawmakers in Washington.
Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., state GOP chairman, said he was complaining about Joe Biden’s open borders policy. Whether it’s Kamala or anyone else, the fish rots from the head down, and this administration has proven they won’t take seriously securing our border.”
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., criticized Harris and Adams. In the Post report, Tenney said, “The Biden administration created the worst border crisis in American history, and the blame is on them.” As a result, the vice president has proven incompetent and lacks the leadership skills to deal with this catastrophe, which threatens the security of our legal residents and taxpayers on a daily basis.”
In Tenney’s opinion, Adams poured gasoline on the fire by turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants and asking taxpayers to foot the bill for feeding, housing, and caring for them.”
In December, Biden’s $1.7 trillion omnibus spending plan included $800 million in migrant aid. Adams called for “real immigration reform” and said the White House must determine how that will be spent.
Despite Adams’ request for $1 billion, New York City has yet to be granted less than $8 million.
“We need to get this done as soon as possible. Let’s move forward,” Adams said.