NYC mayor visits border, asks for more federal help to shelter migrants

New York City Mayor Eric Adams traveled to the Texas border city of El Paso over the weekend to implore the federal government to provide additional funds and support to

American cities receiving tens of thousands of migrants seeking refuge from economic crises and political tumult in Latin America. During the trip, his first visit to the

U.S.-Mexico border as mayor, Adams said cities like New York and El Paso were on the "front lines" of an unprecedented migrant crisis that recently prompted the Biden

administration to adopt a new strategy designed to discourage illegal border crossings.  "This is a national crisis and we need a national solution," said Adams, a Democrat

who issued an emergency declaration in October over the migrant arrivals in New York. For the past few months, El Paso has struggled to handle a sharp increase in arrivals

of migrants, mainly from crisis-stricken countries like Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The Democratic-led Texas city has converted a convention center and two vacant middle

schools into makeshift migrant housing facilities to alleviate overwhelmed city shelters. Many migrants have still found themselves sleeping on El Paso's streets. New York

City, for its part, has also received tens of thousands of migrants in recent months who entered the U.S. along the southern border. Some of them traveled to the city with the

help of volunteers or family members in the U.S. Others have been bused to New York by Texas' Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been transporting migrants to Democratic-led

cities to protest President Biden's border policies.