Republican Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on Sunday offered praise to a prominent Democrat mayor, saying he was glad the Democrat was “standing up and talking” about how the migrant crisis is affecting his city.
“Actually, I am very proud of the Mayor [Eric] Adams from New York for standing up and talking about how this is affecting the city of New York,” Suarez said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“He should focus on reducing crime, and instead you’ll see images of police officers helping people in the classic Roosevelt Hotel find housing,” he continued. “These officers should be, and you want them to be, focused on reducing crime, and instead, should deal with this migrant crisis which as you say should be a federal issue.”
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Adams appeared on the same show Sunday morning and said migrants from the US-Mexico border should be sent to every city “across the country.”
“We have 108,000 towns, villages, cities. If everybody takes a small part of that, and if it border coordinate, to make sure that those who come to this country in a legal way are actually transferred across the country, it’s not a burden on one city,” Adams said. “And the numbers should be clear. We have received more than 70,000 migrants seeking asylum in our city, 42,000 are still in our care. If it is properly managed at the border level, this issue can be resolved as we finally get Congress, especially the Republican Party, to deal with a comprehensive immigration policy.
Suarez also weighed in on the migrant crisis by expressing frustration about the federal government not helping Miami.
“We have not received any support from the federal government that we know of,” Suarez said. “We’re checking to see if we’ve gotten any help from FEMA — we haven’t.”
Suarez said his city struggled to handle the influx of immigrants last year, especially from Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Haiti, where the Biden administration created a program to ease the asylum process in January.
“It’s a migrant crisis in our city as well,” Suarez said. “In the last two months, the Coast Guard processed 408 migrants on our shores. Last year in our public school system, we had over 14,000 new children – 10,000 of them from four countries: Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Haiti . And that’s the equivalent of five new 2,000-student schools. It’s a huge burden on our system.”
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Illegal border crossings have spiked this month amid the expiration of Title 42, a COVID-19 emergency policy that allows border agents to turn away migrants.
Suarez said this migrant crisis has placed a burden on large cities, many of which receive little or no federal aid.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., moved in May to help curb mass migration in his state when he signed a bill requiring businesses with more than 25 employees to check the status of immigration of those they hire. Failure to comply will result in a fine of $1,000. The law has prompted immigration groups to discourage migrants from traveling to Florida.
FEMA and New York City Mayor Adams did not respond to a request for comment.