Immigrant Advocates Offer to Educate NYC Mayor Adams on the Policies that Define NYC: Right-To-Shelter and Sanctuary

New York, NY – Today, New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams was asked if New York City should change its sanctuary status while leaving a 9/11 event, to which he responded with “that is what we’re looking at right now.” City Hall quickly responded that the Mayor was repeating his answer from an earlier question regarding right-to-shelter, clarifying that he does not want to change the city’s sanctuary city status. 

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“NYC Mayor Adams seems to actively enjoy remaining oblivious to the facts, while expending taxpayer money on lawsuits that the city is sure to lose and could have avoided altogether. We’ve been offering to provide guidance on the value and importance of NYC’s sanctuary laws and policies from day one of his administration, and housing groups have sought to do the same on our right-to-shelter law. It’s clear that Mayor Adams remains confused about these policies and why they are important to New Yorkers who have been here for 30 days or 30 years. We’re still up to explaining this to the Mayor, as these are the types of policies that are critical to the well-being of all New Yorkers. These are also the types of policies that define this city as the greatest city in the nation, a place where people from all walks of life seek opportunity and come to build their American Dream."