New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) is waging a war against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for allegedly overcrowding the Big Apple’s homeless shelters with migrants.
But a damning new report explains New York was experiencing a shelter crisis before migrants began arriving to New York City earlier this year.
What is Adams saying?
“I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to Texas and do some good old fashioned door knocking, because we have to, for the good of America, we have to get him out of office,” Adams said.
The New York mayor’s campaign against Abbott began last month when Adams accused Abbott of bussing migrants from the southern U.S. border to America’s largest city. Adams claimed thousands of migrants were flooding New York City’s already crowded shelter system because of Abbott.
That accusation, however, came before Abbott began sending migrants to New York.
But what does the report say?
Politico reported Friday that problems with New York City’s homeless shelters have “been building for much of the mayor’s term,” and elected officials and other advocates “say Adams has turned a blind eye to a long-mounting and predictable crisis.”
In fact, according to attorney Joshua Goldfein, “We have no evidence that what we’re seeing right now is purely a result of the asylum-seekers.”
“It was no mystery to anyone that people were going to be losing their homes and becoming homeless this summer in increased numbers beyond the usual summer surge,” Goldfein told Politico. “What we’re seeing is a result of the city’s failure to plan.”
Additionally, while Adams has essentially blamed the entire shelter influx on migrants, there is no way to be sure. In fact, when New York officials take a census of the city’s homeless population, they cannot ask about citizenship.
Even City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (D) has undercut Adams’ narrative.
She said in a statement this week:
It is clear that the City’s shelter system has been under increased stress due to a range of factors, including the economic impact of the pandemic, the end of the eviction moratorium, and unresolved bureaucratic issues within the relevant city agencies. We remain a sanctuary city and people seeking asylum are welcome here.
While there may be a rise in those seeking asylum in New York City, this does not mean they are to blame for issues that have historically plagued our system.
The spokesperson for the city’s Department of Homeless Services was allegedly fired after she spoke out against “alleged lies and omissions by her boss regarding illegal conditions in the city’s homeless shelter system,” WNBC-TV reported.
With all of the chaos happening under his watch, it is no wonder Adams wants to find a scapegoat in Gov. Abbott.