Mayor Eric Adams slammed an online promotional campaign that is working better than the old “I Love NY” ads telling illegal immigrants that the city’s streets are paved in gold.
Adams said the websites are giving asylum seekers the “false impression” about what they can expect in New York, including that they would be living in hotels when actually it will be shelter housing, Adams said while visiting migrant camps in El Paso.
“We learned today, which was very informative and that’s why it was important to come here, that there are websites that are advertising that New York City….basically the streets are paved with gold. That there’s automatic employment, that you’re automatically going to be living in a hotel,” Adams said.
“There’s a conversation among those who are asylum seekers and migrants who are given the false impression that if you come to New York City, everything is fine. We have to give people accurate information.
“And that is what some of the centers are doing here. They are truly explaining to people that this is what is happening in New York right now. In New York, you go there, you’re going to be living in congregate settings, that there is no more room in New York. That should be coordinated by our national government.”
Adams said at a press conference with El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser slammed the Biden administration when it comes to an illegal immigration policy.
“It is wrong for El Paso to have a response, for New York to have a response, we cannot have these disjointed responses,” Adams said. “We must have a coordinated response and that must be helped by FEMA.”
“This is a national emergency and crisis that must be addressed,” he said while calling on Congress and the president to enact immigration reform.
“Our cities are being undermined,” Adams said. “And we don’t deserve this. Migrants don’t deserve this and the people who live in the cities don’t deserve this. We expect more from our national leaders to address this issue in a real way.”
New York City has 26,000 migrants in its care and about 3,100 migrants arrived in the last week-and-a-half, Adams said.
Adams said he plans to address this issue among cities at the US Conference of Mayors in Washington this week, including those cities already taking in migrants, and those that are not.