NYC Mayor Eric Adams Calls For Sanctuary City Law To Be Changed To Allow For Deportations

by J Pelkey
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Mayor Adams has shifted his stance on New York’s “sanctuary city” status, advocating for changes. Previously defending policies protecting illegal immigrants from deportation, he now proposes that illegals who are convicted of felonies should be handed over to ICE for deportation.

Addressing constituents at a Town Hall meeting in Brooklyn, Adams expressed his altered perspective on sanctuary cities.


Mayor Adams is seeking to enhance cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

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CBS News reported:

In a series of recent statements, Adams expressed he is willing to permit law enforcement to work more openly with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport migrants who are suspected of serious crimes.

“If you are repeatedly committing crimes in our city, like the individual did a serious crime and then got out and went and assaulted and did a robbery, you don’t have the right to be in our city and tarnish the overwhelming number who are here following the rules,” Adams said.

The mayor has not explicitly stated which aspects of the law he wants to see changed.

State of the Union provided further insights into the challenges confronting Mayor Adams.

While sympathetic to immigrants, Adams said the situation is unfair to city residents.

When asked what actions he can take, Adams cited restrictions from not being able to notify ICE, deport, or stop migrant flows.

“The law states that we cannot notify [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. I cannot break the law and enforce the law. I can’t deport. I can’t stop people from coming in, repeated criminal behavior, I can’t report to ICE for deportation. So, there’s certain things I can’t do,” Adams said.

A lawsuit was also filed against Adams for not expanding housing vouchers for homeless immigrants as required under a new law, with the mayor claiming the city cannot afford associated reforms.

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