Mayor Adams Dubbed ‘Black Trump’ Amid Migrant Crisis

A writer from MSNBC’s The ReidOut Blog, recently criticized New York City Mayor Eric Adams, dubbing him as a “Black Trump” over his stance on illegal immigration and its potential negative impact on the city.

During a speech, Adams expressed concerns about the influx of migrants into New York City, stating, “This issue will destroy New York City. We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month… people all over the globe have made their minds up that they’re going to come through the southern part of the border and come into New York City.”

Ja’han Jones, writing for The ReidOut Blog, characterized Adams’ remarks as “bigoted thinking” that is influenced by conservative ideology. Jones accused Adams of echoing right-wing talking points and embracing conservative politics on the issue.

Despite being a Democrat, Adams has previously criticized Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) for busing illegal aliens to New York City, calling Abbott a “madman.” Adams attributed the crisis to Abbott’s actions, stating:

“It started with a madman down in Texas, decided he wanted to bus people up to New York City… We have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, healthcare.” Abbott has defended the busing initiative as a response to the challenges created by the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Abbott’s announcement that Texas had bused over 35,000 migrants to sanctuary cities across the nation, including more than 13,300 to New York City since August 2022, further escalated the situation. Adams has warned that the crisis will worsen due to the straining of the city’s resources and required budget cuts.

The NYPD is already facing overtime cuts, despite rising crime rates in the city. Jacques Jiha, the city’s budget director, announced an overtime reduction initiative for uniformed agencies like the NYPD and FDNY, and a hiring freeze for most departments.

While no layoffs are projected at this time, the city claims it is closely monitoring services provided to asylum seekers to ensure cost efficiency. Adams expressed concerns about the potential need to house migrants in tents due to overcrowded facilities as winter approaches.

Patrick Hendry, head of the city’s largest police union, argued that cutting overtime for officers is ill-timed, given the staffing crisis within the NYPD. Gov. Abbott criticized Adams, labeling him a “hypocrite” for his warnings.

He pointed out that New York City is dealing with a fraction of the illegal immigrant population that Texas is handling, and called on President Biden to address the immigration issue more effectively.