Eric Adams Cancels Border Trip Due To “Security Concerns”

Eric Adams, the New York City Mayor who has been at the forefront of the national debate on immigration, has now canceled a trip to the southern border over “security concerns.”

The New York Post reports that Adams was originally scheduled to visit the Texas-Mexico border, including a trip into Mexico, after he had received an invitation from Sister Norma Pimentel, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in San Juan.

“As Lent draws to a close, our team was excited to stand with faith and humanitarian leaders who have dedicated their lives to serving the most needy among us, and we were eager to discuss our work in New York City and explore new ways to collaborate with leaders in cities across the country,” Adam’s spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement went on to say that one of the cities his delegation was going to visit in Mexico has been flagged by the U.S. Department of State for security concerns, and they have decided to pause this visit at this time.

The U.S. State Department website currently advises U.S. travelers to completely avoid six states in Mexico and reconsider travel to six others due to ongoing violent crime.

Adams has been trying to safely navigate the perilous immigration debate as one of the country’s most visible mayors. He forcefully called out Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to send migrants directly to New York City by bus in 2023 but has angered liberal activists by demanding the Biden Administration do more to stop illegal immigration in his city.

The Washington Examiner reported that Adams recently was cleared to receive $107 million in federal funding after pleading with the Biden administration to send additional federal help for the city’s migrant crisis. More than 150,000 immigrants have made their way to the city since 2022. New York has a long-standing policy of providing shelter to anyone in the city who does not have housing.

The activities of Pimental’s Rio Grande Valley charity organization and their expansion efforts were the focus of a KENS 5 News report in 2021 as the border crossings began to spike.