Eric Adams was booed and jeered by hecklers as he led a rally calling on the Biden Administration to help the city deal with the migrant crisis.
The New York City mayor called on the White House to expedite work visas for asylum seekers and to ‘give them the opportunity to contribute to our society’.
But his speech at the event in Foley Square on Thursday was met with opposition by three anti-migrant protesters who called for President Joe Biden to ‘close the border now’.
They were forced back by New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers and escorted out of the area.
It comes as New York City has been struggling to deal with an influx of over 100,000 migrants since April 2022, filling shelters and leaving many to sleep on the sidewalks throughout Manhattan.