Mayor Eric Adams is changing his tune on NYC’s sanctuary city rules

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New York City was one of the first cities to declare itself to be a “sanctuary city.”  It did so in the 1980s, long before the border issue became a crisis.

But thanks to Joe Biden’s lax immigration policies and floods of illegal aliens starting to create problems, now NYC is starting to rethink this policy.

Leftists are now shocked that NYC Mayor Eric Adams is now talking about changing his city’s “sanctuary city” rules. 

Adams says the city’s status should change

The Big Apple has had sanctuary city status for years, but now, Mayor Eric Adams says that status and the rules surrounding it should be changed.

The Mayor said he thinks illegal aliens charged with crimes should be turned over to federal immigration officials – and that they should be deported.

Adams spoke at a local community meeting to discuss the city’s policy which currently restricts cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, saying that it should be modified to help remove the “small numbers” of illegals who commit serious crimes.

“So if you commit a violent act we should be able to turn you over to ICE and have you deported. Right now, we don’t have the authority to do so,” he said while speaking at a gathering in Brooklyn.

Adams also mentioned that the NYPD is dealing with several incidents involving illegal aliens who are taking part in robberies using mopeds with “ghost” license plates to perform snatch-and-grab crimes across the city.

He added, “The overwhelming number of migrants and asylum seekers here want to work. I still don’t understand why the federal government isn’t allowing them to work.”

The Mayor’s comments come at a time when crime in New York City is rising thanks to a massive influx of illegal aliens who have rushed to live in the city over the last year.

A viral video featuring a group of illegals beating two NYPD Officers sparked national outrage recently, causing Adams to implement curfews at homeless shelters, where tens of thousands of illegal aliens are staying.

Meanwhile, neighbors living near tent shelters built by the city, like the one at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, have raised concerns about illegals not only panhandling but going to peoples’ doorsteps to beg for food, money, and clothing.

The problem is spreading

It’s not just illegals begging for food near the tent shelters that are causing New Yorkers concern.

A fatal stabbing at Randall’s Island tent city last month and a recent brawl with a security guard at the tent shelter have also raised serious public safety worries. 

Over the last year, New York City has seen over 170,000 illegal aliens come into the city, and approximately 70,000 of them are still under the city’s care.

The Big Apple has spent over $1 billion on housing and other needs amidst proposed budget cuts by Adams to cover the costs.

New York’s right-to-shelter law says that the city must provide emergency housing to anyone who requests it, regardless of their country of origin or immigration status.

The city is proposing to temporarily suspend the rules in court, although it’s not likely to be successful.

However, the Mayor has set a 60-day limit on the length of stay for families in city-run homeless shelters and a 30-day limit on single people while also attempting to relocate illegals to other parts of the state, although it has been met with plenty of pushback from residents and officials in those areas.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.