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Asylum seekers fill the sidewalk outside of the Roosevelt hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City.


“This will destroy New York City”: What the Big Apple’s immigration crisis tells us about the 2024 elections

Immigration has long been a hot button issue in US politics, typically pitting Republicans, who advocate for tougher crackdowns on undocumented migrants, against Democrats, usually more open to asylum seekers. But New York City is currently flipping the script on that.

This week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams – a Democrat – gave a scathing address about the influx of migrants who’ve entered the city over the past year, around 100,000 in total. Many have been bused in from Republican-run states.

Adams said that another six buses carrying migrants arrived in the city on Wednesday, and blasted the White House’s immigration policy. This will “destroy New York City,” he said.

(Read more about the factors leading to an uptick in migration to the US here and here.)

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