Big city mayors head to DC with a message for Biden on migrants

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is joining other big city mayors on Thursday on a trip to Washington to press for more help with their migrant surge. | Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography OfficeNEW YORK — A coalition of big city mayors are headed to Washington on Thursday to urge the federal government to offer more help with the surge in migrants that are overwhelming their cities’ budgets and services.

The Democratic entourage will include mayors from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. It is being led by Denver Mayor Michael Johnston.to the administration earlier in the day to plead their case, asking for a meeting with President Joe Biden, more aid and a quicker path to work authorization for the migrants.

“This is not sustainable, what you’re seeing in Chicago, where children are sleeping in police precincts; and this is not sustainable what we are attempting to do in Floyd Bennett field,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said during a television appearance Wednesday night, referring toThe group is expected to meet with Biden administration officials overseeing various parts of the immigration process and members of Congress, though it has not specified whether the mayors will talk with the… headtopics.com

“The federal government has to do more,” Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday, noting temperatures have fallen below freezing in the Midwest city this week. “Look, Chicago is leaning in. We have borne the brunt of the responsibility here. That’s not an equitable distribution of how the government should operate.

“He picked up the phone and started calling mayors of other cities that have been dealing with this — and was able to build a like-minded coalition very quickly,” Evan Dreyer, Johnston’s deputy chief of staff, said in an interview. headtopics.com

The newly elected Democrat also has something else going for him: a far less contentious relationship with the White House than his New York City counterpart.over the mayor’s vocal condemnation of the White House, specifically for its lack of support for cities struggling with the migrant crisis.

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