According to multiple reports, New York City Mayor Eric Adams plans to visit Latin America on a 4-day trip as tensions rise in the Big Apple over the influx of migrants.
Adams will begin the tour in Mexico City for an international business conference and visit other parts of Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
Reports state the Democrat mayor also intends to visit the Darién Gap, the dangerous section of the migration route along the Colombia-Panama border.
What exactly does Adams think his visit will achieve besides a photo-op?
NEW: NYC Mayor Eric Adams to travel to Central America to speak with migrants, officials – WNBC
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams is scheduled to travel to parts of Central America to speak with migrants along what is considered to be the most treacherous portion of their journey, according to sourceshttps://t.co/QvrhreWOcm
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Adams’ oath is to uphold the rights of the men and women of New York City.
How does he achieve that by traveling abroad?
NBC New York reports:
As part of the four-day trip, Adams will travel to the Darién Gap — a lush, mountainous region connecting Central and South America along the Panama-Colombia border that also features about 50 miles of marshland — during the first weekend of October, City Hall sources told NBC New York. Given the extreme topography, it is one of the most perilous parts of the journey for asylum seekers, as they are required to hike, swim and trudge through parts of thick jungle on dangerous paths.
City Hall aides tell News 4 Adams’ upcoming trip is — in part — designed to examine what they describe as a misinformation pipeline that encourages migrants to continue crossing the border despite limited legal work opportunities in the U.S. and housing capacity in New York.
First, the mayor will depart for Mexico City on Wednesday and attend an international business conference the next morning, where City Hall said he will speak with “local and national leaders to learn more about the issues at the southern border” and the impacts on NYC. He will also visit Puebla Mexico, where city officials say a majority of NYC’s Mexican immigrants start their journey.
From there, Adams also plans to stop in Quito, Ecuador, where he will meet with local community organizations and asylee integration programs to discuss how the migrants are passing through Ecuador and what is being done to stop them.
The mayor will then go to Bogotá, Colombia, on Saturday and then head to the Darién Gap. Adams will return to the city on Sunday.
The Adams administration faced criticism from Democrats because of the mayor’s chief advisor saying the federal government must “close the borders.”
Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Chief Advisor to New York City Democrat Mayor Eric Adams, spoke to PIX 11 on possibly changing the city’s right to shelter laws.
She said changing the law would alleviate the number of migrants arriving into the city.
“Others wouldn’t be so ready and able to come to New York City because they would know number one they’re not going to provide us with shelter,” Lewis-Martin said.
“So that would, hopefully, stop some people from coming in.”
“We do have in excess of 61,400 migrants who are here and we’re caring for them. Fortunately, all 118,000 who have come through our doors and graced us with their presence didn’t stay,” she continued.
“But we still have to find a way to get them to understand we are no longer responsible for you, so you need to find other means. Go to another state,” she added.
Lewis-Martin singled out the federal government to do its job.
“The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate, and the president to do its job. Close the borders. And until you close the borders, you need to come up with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them throughout our 50 states,” she continued.
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