Friday, January 27, 2023

Mayor Eric Adams attends the US Conference of Mayors

NEW YORK – Seeking more help from the federal government to address the immigration crisis in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams came to Washington DC on Wednesday to press for more funding, during the United States Conference of Mayors .

Adams said the Big Apple no longer had the capacity to provide services and support for asylum seekers, prompting him to call for $2 billion in federal funds to aid.

Adams said, “These are the issues that require a 50-state strategy, the leadership of our government, and the economic power of a united nation.” Right-wing protests, and cities, are bearing the brunt of this failure, so I’m asking all of you here today to join me in saying this: We must come together as Americans to solve an American problem. “

As part of the mayor’s proposed response to the asylum seeker crisis, he presented the following strategy:

  1. A dedicated contact person whose sole focus is to oversee and coordinate our national response to asylum seekers,
  2. A decompression strategy at the border that establishes a plan for each migrant’s arrival and a system for distributing new arrivals regionally equitably.
  3. Congressional funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to implement that strategy in the places most needed,
  4. fast-track work options for asylum seekers who are allowed to enter the country,
  5. Congressional legislation that provides a clear path to residency or citizenship for those who enter this country legally,
  6. and national leadership that takes a pragmatic approach to meet this challenge, bringing together state and local government as well as nonprofits, the faith community and the private sector.

The mayor also highlighted the opioid problem, citing an increase in fentanyl-related deaths.

“In New York City alone, we see more than 2,600 fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2021, a 78 percent increase from 2019,” Adams said. “More than 100,000 people die from opioid overdoses in the United States each year, approximately one every 3 hours.”

Through the expansion of federal funding, Mayor Eric Adams believes there will be a greater response to offer help to those in need.

“We also need more federal funding to build a reliable national infrastructure to support treatment and recovery,” Adams said. “Right now, there are not enough treatment centers or funds to care for the people who so desperately need help. Federal agencies should expand coverage for substance use disorder treatment under Medicaid and Medicare, and private health insurers should Because this is not a ‘war on drugs’, it is a fight to save human lives.”

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