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Eric Adams heckled during visit to Colombia town key to migrants


BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Mayor Eric Adams was heckled Saturday as he made his way through the Colombia port town that tens of thousands of migrants use each year to reach the Darién Gap, the treacherous jungle path smugglers use to bring them from South to North America.

“Shame on you Eric Adams!” a man yelled in English at Hizzoner as he was asking questions about the journey through Necoclí, according to a video from local media.

“It will increase the amount of violence against migrants across the United States!” the man screamed, apparently in response to Adams’ recent comments telling asylum seekers not to come to the Big Apple.

Before traveling to Necoclí, which sits on the east coast of the Gulf of Urabá, Adams was taken to undisclosed parts of the Darién Gap, on the other side of the gulf that connects Colombia to Panama.

Reporters tailing the mayor could not make the journey due to security concerns.

The mayor is expected to brief the press later on Saturday about his journey.


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Mayor Eric Adams was heckled Saturday as he made his way through the Colombia port town that tens of thousands of migrants use each year to reach the Darién Gap.
AP

Hizzoner was on the final segment of his four-day swing through Central and South America Saturday — as part of a trip he touted as an opportunity to speak directly to migrants and give them “a real story of what is happening in New York City.”

“We are going to tell them that coming to New York doesn’t mean you want to stay in a five-star hotel,” Adams said before the trip. “It doesn’t mean that when you come here, you automatically are going to be allowed to work.”

But the majority of the mayor’s tour has been spent making connections with local leaders and politicians while calling for a global response to the migrant crisis.


Migrants protest during the visit of New York City Mayor Eric Adams to Necocli, northern Colombia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.
“Shame on you Eric Adams!” a man yelled in English at Hizzoner as he was asking questions about the journey through Necoclí, according to a video from local media.
AP

When Adams met with more than three dozen migrants in a shelter just outside of Quito, Ecuador, on Friday The Post revealed he failed to make his case to the families who had fled Venezuela.

The mayor has repeatedly said migrants were being fed misinformation about the bounty of the Big Apple, causing thousands to come the city.

The Post spoke with more than a dozen migrants as well as shelter workers during the trip, but all said they heard nothing about what life in New York City would be like before deciding to make the journey.

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