The surge of asylum seekers into New York was in the spotlight on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with Republicans using it to argue that the migrant situation in the U.S. is financially unsustainable.
A Republican member of the New York City Council was among those to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee.
Republicans on the panel repeatedly invoked Democratic Mayor Eric Adams and his headline-grabbing comment that the migrant situation could “destroy” the Big Apple. One lawmaker played a video clip as part of his line of questioning.
“Mayor Eric Adams… recently predicted that this border crisis will, quote, destroy New York City, end quote,” said Committee Chairman Mark Green, a Republican of Tennessee.
“I agree with the mayor on that point. He can’t. He can’t handle it,” said Texas Republican August Pfluger.
“It’s very rare that Mayor Adams and I agree, but I do agree that this issue is …