Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat in New York City, has introduced a new initiative aimed at assisting undocumented immigrants to secure employment in the city. This program comes amid a surge of illegal immigration at the U.S. southern border. Adams' proposed "blueprint" involves training undocumented immigrants for jobs in industries such as restaurants and truck driving to help tackle the shortage of workers in those fields. According to Adams' office, the city is currently providing support for approximately 30,000 illegal immigrants.
The asylum seeker crisis is a national crisis that needs a national solution. New York City has the blueprint. https://t.co/b8jugMrKdm
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) March 7, 2023
The declaration was made at a time when Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott initiated the transportation of illegal immigrants to New York City in August, a move that Democratic Colorado Governor Jared Polis later imitated. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), over 2.3 million migrants were encountered at the southern border during the 2022 fiscal year, and the 2023 fiscal year has already exceeded 800,000 migrant encounters.
Our Road Forward blueprint will help outline the next phase of our response to the national asylum seeker crisis.
There will be ongoing resettlement assistance, legal services and job training for migrants. We will also open a 24/7 arrival center.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) March 7, 2023
According to Adams, aiding undocumented immigrants in obtaining employment will offset the expenses incurred by the city in providing support to them. Nevertheless, this approach is flawed as it may attract more individuals to enter the country illegally. The federal government mandates asylum seekers to wait for years before they are issued work permits, and granting work opportunities to illegal immigrants while their immigration claims are being processed only incentivizes unlawful behavior.
Adams is making efforts to garner backing from other cities and localities to pressure the Biden administration to address the crisis. However, this maneuver seems to be an attempt to evade accountability for his own decisions by shifting the blame onto others. It is apparent that Adams prioritizes satisfying his liberal supporters over adhering to the law and safeguarding the interests of American citizens.
The truth is that Mayor Adams’ plan is nothing more than a band-aid solution that does nothing to address the root of the problem: illegal immigration. Instead of encouraging illegal immigrants to take jobs away from American citizens, Adams should be focusing on finding ways to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Until then, it is irresponsible for Adams to allow illegal immigrants to fill jobs in his city, and it is a disservice to all of the hardworking American citizens who are struggling to make ends meet.