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NYC Mayor Adams scraps border trip amid security concerns

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The Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, has made the decision to cancel a scheduled visit to the US-Mexico border due to heightened security apprehensions.

Originally slated to depart on Saturday evening, Adams planned to journey to Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, with intentions to engage with US immigration officials amidst the ongoing challenge of accommodating asylum-seeking migrants within his city.

Adams office cited alerts from the US State Department regarding safety as the primary reason for the trip’s cancellation.

Although spokespeople for the mayor refrained from immediate comment on Sunday, they disclosed to WABC-TV that federal authorities had expressed reservations about a specific Mexican city slated for Adams’ itinerary.

The mayor had articulated his intention on Friday to convene discussions with immigration leaders, emphasizing their support for New York efforts and advocating for emulation by other municipalities. This stance echoed his prior criticism of the federal government’s handling of the immigration influx in distant US urban centers during his visit to El Paso, Texas, earlier in January.

Having embarked on a four-day expedition across Latin America in October, including stops in Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia, Adams utilized the platform to dissuade individuals from undertaking perilous journeys to the US border, citing New York’s saturation point in terms of accommodating migrants.

According to data from the mayor’s office, over 180,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since the spring of 2022, with more than 64,000 currently under the city’s care across its extensive network of over 200 emergency shelter facilities.

The recent development in addressing the immigrant housing crisis involves an agreement reached between city officials and human rights advocates concerning Adams’ proposal to suspend the city’s “right to shelter” policy.

Under this agreement, the blanket mandate to furnish shelter for adult immigrants without temporal constraints has been discontinued, granting officials the discretion to extend shelter stays on a case-by-case basis.

Extended shelter durations will be contingent upon a demonstration of “significant efforts to resettle,” encompassing activities such as scheduling appointments with immigration attorneys, enrollment in resettlement programs, or evidence of active housing pursuit.

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