Years ago, an old adage held that a conservative was actually a liberal who had been mugged. New York City Mayor Eric Adams is nothing close to conservative. But he clearly has been mugged by reality.
Adams, a Democrat, went to court recently to ask a judge about overturning the Big Apple’s “sanctuary city” status.
Adams did so just as Title 42 was expiring last week. He argued that the city, which has accepted roughly 61,000 illegal immigrants in the past year, many of whom were shipped there from Texas and other border states, could no longer keep up.
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“The law of sanctuary city was in place long before I became mayor. I’m following the law. As a law enforcement person, you know, we follow the law,” Adams told reporters, according to the Post Millennial.
“We are now in court now, today, asking the judge to revisit this law to deal with this humanitarian crisis because, even when they decided to put in place that law, no one thought they would be dealing with a humanitarian crisis of this proportion.”
New York became a sanctuary city in 2014.
Adams appealed to the courts after it became clear President Joe Biden had no plan to deal with the onslaught of illegals seeking to enter as Title 42 expired. That is the federal law that allowed to government to deport illegals without a hearing by citing a public health emergency.
“This was a hard decision, but it’s the right decision, that this is just wrong what is happening to New York City,” Adams continued, according to the Post Millennial.
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“It’s wrong and no one seems to care, but I care. And it was a challenging thing to do, but we’re doing the right thing. No one thought about a humanitarian crisis when they first took this court case of right-to-shelter.”
At one point he added in comments last week that New York in one recent weeklong period received 4,200 illegals. That was 2,000 fewer than the Biden administration released into the country just on Thursday.
“We could potentially get thousands of people a day in our city. It’s wrong for those who are coming here …, and it’s wrong for New Yorkers who are here,” Adams said.
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