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Mayor Eric Adams Tours Latin America to Warn Asylum Seekers Against Coming to New York

HeadlineOct 06, 2023

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is on a four-day Latin American tour to discourage would-be asylum seekers from trying to reach New York. Speaking from Mexico City Thursday, Adams warned the American dream could turn into a “nightmare.”

Mayor Eric Adams: “We are at capacity. And many people believe when you enter New York City, you’re going to automatically have a job, you automatically are going to be living in a hotel. And there’s just a climate that’s there that’s just not a reality.”

Adams will also travel to Ecuador and Colombia and visit the treacherous Darién Gap, that many migrants are forced to brave on their journey to the U.S.-Mexico border. Adams’s trip comes two days after he asked a judge to suspend New York City’s 42-year-old policy of providing shelter to anyone who seeks it. Immigrant rights groups blasted the move, with the Legal Aid Society warning, “Street homelessness would balloon to a level unseen in our city since the Great Depression.” Asylum seekers in New York have already been facing barriers getting basic assistance.

Jimmy Morales: “I come from Honduras, and I came here because they killed a brother and a nephew of mine. So I was afraid, and I came here. … The truth is, I was waiting 24 hours for them to give me some clothes, but ultimately nothing came of it.”

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