August 12, 2022

Brianna Keilar: Migrants by bus continue to arrive daily in New York from Texas, straining shelters that were already facing overcrowding issues. New York Mayor Eric Adams has accused Texas Governor Greg Abbott of forcing migrants onto buses and using them as political pawns to draw attention to the influx of migrants from the Mexico. Adams said many migrants endured 45-hour bus journeys with limited stops, though he said some wanted to go to an entirely different state. New York Mayor Eric Adams joins us now. Thank you for being with us this morning.

Mayor Eric Adams: Thanks. Nice to be with you this morning.

Kilar: So it’s back and forth between you and Governor Abbott. And here’s what Abbott said about it.

Governor Greg Abbott: I feel a bit like Clint Eastwood. Go ahead Mr. Mayor, make my day better.

Kilar: How about that?

Mayor Adams: Well, first of all, it’s a shame he thinks it’s a Hollywood script and it’s not. This is the life of human beings. And to see a governor lacking coordination and showing the humanitarian aspects of our country, putting people on the bus without adequate water, without adequate food, sending them to cities. And in many cases they don’t understand the language, it’s just not who we are as Americans. And so I don’t want to make his day. I want him to make the day of those he treats in this inhuman way.

Kilar: You say they arrive without enough food and water. How do you know they arrive in New York?

Mayor Adams: The conditions are truly deplorable. When I met a group of migrants on Sunday, it was clear that the conditions were inhumane. When you’re on a bus for a long period of time and can’t stop as much as necessary, and the lack of coordination crises really forces us to coordinate. He didn’t coordinate with that city or that state at all. And in fact he initially denied doing this until it came to light and he eventually admitted that he was sending people out of the state of Texas, without coordinating with any city along the way .

Kilar: I just want to be clear on what he’s saying versus what you’re saying. I’m sure you obviously have a different point of view. But he says he wasn’t sending buses directly to New York, but he heard you complaining about it and then he thought, okay, yeah, I’m going to go ahead and send buses to New York. Are you saying he’s lying?

Mayor Adams: Yes. There’s a document he got migrants and asylum seekers to sign that specifically states that they would go to New York and Washington D.C. So it’s not just that I’m saying he’s lying, but his documents say he is lying.

Kilar: I want to ask you about something totally different, which is this trio of health crises you’re dealing with here in New York. Polio case identified out of town in Rockland County, New York. Officials’ concern is that, yes, it may be one case, but there could be several hundred. There could be asymptomatic people who carry it. Is New York City ready for a polio outbreak?

Mayor Adams: Yes, it is so important. When I look at my life, my life has shown the importance of crises and building the right team. Our coordination between the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health and our Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We are dealing with a trifecta. COVID is still very present, polio, we have identified polio in our sewage and we are still facing the monkeypox crisis. But the team is there and we’re coordinating, and we’re dealing with threats as they come our way and we’re ready to deal with them with help from Washington DC.

Kilar: Do you have any concerns about these new monkeypox guidelines for drug administration?

Mayor Adams: Our team here in New York, the new way to put it under this skin, my doctors and health care professionals briefed me on this new method. The federal government says this allows us to double the number of vaccines we can do. And we have to believe that the CDC and other government officials at the federal level are going to give us good advice and we are going to comply with the decision.

Kilar: Regarding COVID, the CDC has also issued new guidelines. We’re going to go ahead and put them in place. In general, talking about removing social distancing, certain quarantine measures, contact tracing limited to hospitals and high-risk situations, then schools, which is obviously as essential as reopening, removing the recommendation to cohort and also the removal of this test recommendation to remain. Do you think these are the right decisions when it comes to New York?

Mayor Adams: Well, I think the CDC, they successfully showed us how to navigate our way through the COVID crisis. Now in New York, we’ve done different things but still complying with the CDC and we’ve managed to pivot and change as COVID has continued to pivot and change. He’s a formidable opponent, I’ve said it over and over again. So we will follow CDC guidelines, but in some cases, because we have a transportation system, we will continue to do the things that we believe will keep New Yorkers safe.

Kilar: Alright, Mayor. Enjoy your time this morning, Mayor Eric Adams. Thank you for being with us.

Mayor Adams: Thanks.