NYC Mayor Says He’s Fed Up With City’s ‘Sanctuary’ Status

Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, and MTA Chair & CEO Janno Lieber announce a Subway Safety Plan at Fulton Transit Center on Fri., February 18, 2022...(Marc A. Hermann / MTA)

New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the city’s sanctuary status should be changed to allow migrants charged with crimes to be turned over to federal immigration officials for deportation.

Speaking at a community meeting on Monday night, Adams said the city’s policy that restricts cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials needs to be modified to weed out the “small numbers” of migrants who commit serious crimes.

“So if you commit a violent act we should be able to turn you over to ICE and have you deported,” the Democrat told a gathering in Brooklyn. “Right now, we don’t have the authority to do so.”