NYC Mayor Adams to meet with White House on migrants issue a month after abruptly canceling amid FBI raid of campaign fundraiser

NYC Mayor Adams to meet with White House on migrants issue a month after abruptly canceling amid FBI raid of campaign fundraiser

Mayor Adams is set to travel back to the nation’s capitol this Thursday to discuss the migrant crisis, a month after he abruptly canceled his meeting with White House officials the same day the FBI raided his campaign fundraiser’s Brooklyn home.

The mayor is expected to take part in a “series of meetings” to discuss “the needs of NYC and other cities nationwide to manage the asylum seeker crisis,” Deputy Mayor for Communications Fabien Levy tweeted Wednesday evening.

It’s unclear if Adams will directly meet with President Biden or White House officials. Levy said a full schedule will be released Tuesday night.

The trip will mark Adams’ tenth visit to Washington to discuss ways to manage the migrant crisis, which has seen more than 140,000 migrants make their way to New York City since last year. Currently, there are over 66,000 migrants under the city’s care, with many staying at hotels or so-called humanitarian centers.

Adams has characterized the city’s management of the crisis with little intervention from the Biden administration as unsustainable, declaring in September that the crisis will “destroy” the city.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams testifies during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2022. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mayor Adams is expected to take part in a “series of meetings” in Washington to discuss the needs of New York and other cities nationwide to manage the asylum seeker crisis. (ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The mayor has since announced steep cuts to the city’s budget in response to the crisis, with schools, police and sanitation among the agencies facing cutbacks. He’s also ordered a 20% reduction in migrant spending.

Adams expects the city will shell out $12 billion in response to the crisis by the middle of 2025.

The trip essentially picks up from what Adams had intended to discuss last month at the White House. But Adams abruptly postponed those meetings the same day FBI agents raided the home of his campaign fundraiser Brianna Suggs in Brooklyn. Adams insisted that he wanted to travel back to the city given his “on-the-ground” management approach.

The FBI probe reportedly centers around whether Adams’ campaign accepted foreign money from the government of Turkey through straw donors from Brooklyn-based KSK Construction.

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