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Mayor Adams' Statement on Meeting With U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

July 27, 2023

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams released the following statement after joining a meeting hosted by members of the New York congressional delegation with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in Washington, DC earlier today:

“First, I’d like to thank Leader Schumer, Leader Jeffries, Dean Nadler, and all the members of our state’s congressional delegation who invited me to today’s meeting with Secretary Mayorkas to discuss our city’s needs related to the asylum seeker crisis. We greatly appreciate the support delivered by our federal partners.

“We had a productive conversation today where we discussed the different ways we can work collaboratively to support New York City’s needs as we continue to see a unprecedented surge of migrants. Not only did we discuss the city’s federal funding needs, we also re-emphasized how crucial it is to expedite pathways to work authorization for those who are arriving and are already here. Asylum seekers arriving to our country are seeking to build the American Dream, so it’s time we finally give them a shot at it.

“Finally, we appreciate Secretary Mayorkas’ commitment to visiting the city and designating someone at DHS to serve as a point-person on our asylum seeker needs. We look forward to his visit and learning more about DHS’ plans for how this role will operate.

“New York City continues to see hundreds of asylum seekers arrive every day, on top of the more than 93,000 that have arrived since last spring. We continue to do more than any other city in the nation, but we need additional support from our federal and state partners. We look forward to working with them in the weeks and months ahead to bring an end to this crisis.”


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