NYC Mayor Eric Adams Gripes About Mass Influx of Illegal Aliens; Says They ‘Will Destroy’ the City

New York City Mayor Eric Adams predicted Wednesday that the nonstop influx of illegal aliens into the Big Apple “will destroy” the city and blamed “the madman in Texas” for busing many of them there.  More than 110,000 migrants have reportedly poured into the sanctuary city in the past year.

“What happened? It started with a mad man down in Texas, decided he wanted to bus people up to New York City,” the mayor said bitterly. “One hundred ten thousand migrants. We have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, health care. And this team here, we stated, let’s do everything possible before we have to push it out into neighborhoods and communities.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March of 2021 to deal with the Biden regime’s manufactured border crisis. The governor announced on Tuesday that Texas has bused more than 35,000 migrants to sanctuary cities across the nation, including more than 13,300 to New York City since August 2022.

The federal government also relocates “asylum seekers” from the border to cities across the U.S., including  New York City. Stopping short of calling out the Biden administration by name, Adams griped that the city has been left to fend for itself without the help of federal assistance.

“Month after month I stood up and said this is gonna come to a neighborhood near you. Well, we’re here, we’re getting no support on this national crisis, and we’re receiving no support,” he said.

“Let me tell you something, New Yorkers. Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this. I don’t see an ending to this. This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City,” Adams complained during a Town Hall meeting on the Upper West Side on Wednesday evening. “We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month.”

The mayor noted that previously the city was seeing mostly Venezuelan illegal immigrants. “Now we’re seeing Equator, now we’re getting Russian speaking coming through Mexico, now we getting Western Africa, now we getting people from all over the globe have made their minds up that they gonna come through the southern part of the border and come to New York City,” he lamented. “And everyone is saying it’s New York City’s problem.”

“We had a $12 billion deficit that we’re going to have to cut. Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us,” Adams added.

“It’s going to come to your neighborhoods. All of us are going to be impacted by this. I said it last year when we had 15,000. I’m telling you now with 110,000. The city we knew we’re about to lose. And we’re all in this together.”

To those criticizing his response to the crisis, he said:  “Tell me what role you played. How many of you have organized to stop what they’re doing to us?


New York City is one of dozens of sanctuary jurisdictions across the nation that have policies on the books that obstruct immigration enforcement and shield illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In January of 2017, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order saying he would halt funding to municipalities that did not cooperate with federal immigration officials, the mayors of multiple sanctuary cities—including NYC— reacted with outrage.

“We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status,”  then-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio declared at a news conference with other city officials at the time.

While running for mayor in January 2021, Adams celebrated Joe Biden’s termination of the Trump-era border wall construction as a reason why “New Yorkers can breath a little easier today.”


In October of 2021, still in campaign mode, Adams declared that NYC would remain a Sanctuary City under his leadership. “We should protect our immigrants,” he said.

Only a few months ago, the Mayor’s Office launched a “We Love Immigrant NYC” Campaign as part of Immigrant Heritage Week.

“Our campaign, ‘We Love Immigrant New York,’ looks to affirm and celebrate the contribution of all of our immigrant communities and our status as the ultimate City of immigrants,” said Commissioner Manuel Castro last April.


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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: Mayor Eric Adams speaks during Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival opening ceremony at Flushing Meadows Park on August 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Lev Radin/VIEWpress)