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NYC mayor blames the migrant crisis on the wrong culprit

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 7/22/2022 Elizabeth Stauffer
New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. © Provided by Washington Examiner New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

The border crisis has reached New York City, and Mayor Eric Adams isn’t too happy about it.

“New York has been and will always be a city of immigrants that welcomes newcomers with open arms,” Adams said in a Tuesday statement. “These very same humanitarian values apply to those who are experiencing homelessness. In New York City, we have both a moral — and legal — obligation to house anyone who is experiencing homelessness for any reason.”

Adams was referring to New York City’s “right to shelter” mandate, which means that anyone who requires it has the right to emergency shelter.

However, the mayor then complained that “in recent weeks,” more than 2,800 “undocumented immigrants ... from Latin America and other regions” have been bused into Manhattan. This situation has overwhelmed the city’s homeless shelter system and strained its resources, Adams said. He blamed the governors of Texas and Arizona and called on the federal government topartner with New York City as we help asylum-seekers navigate this process, and to provide financial and technical resources.”

The mayor seems to have forgotten all about the Department of Homeland Security’s late-night flights of migrants into Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, which the Biden administration and legacy media have tried desperately to downplay.

News of the secret charter flights broke in October when the New York Post published video recordings of two such landings. Citing “sources familiar with the matter,” the Post reported this had been going on since at least August.

But Biden’s secret flights are just the tip of the iceberg. His immigration policies, more broadly, are the reason these migrants entered the country and ended up in New York in the first place. As Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is running to become the state’s next governor, noted, “The obvious consequence is that New Yorkers are now stuck dealing with the consequences.”

Adams isn’t the only Democratic mayor who seems suddenly to have noticed the border crisis. On the CBS News show Face the Nation last Sunday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser complained that her city’s homeless shelters were filling up with migrants seeking asylum. She, like Adams, has also called on the federal government for assistance.

Texas and Arizona have been busing migrants to D.C., but both governors denied sending buses to New York. The purpose of sending migrants to D.C., they’ve argued, is to force Democrats who continue to defend loose immigration policies to deal with the consequences of those policies themselves.

It looks like it’s working.

Both Adams and Bowser have not only noticed the influx of migrants into their cities but are now frustrated with it. Apparently, open borders are great so long as the illegal immigrants remain in Texas and Arizona — or really anywhere but their own backyards.

These Democratic cities are learning the hard way what small border towns in states like Texas and Arizona have been saying for years: Illegal immigration has consequences. At least three Texas counties have had to declare states of emergency recently due to the influx of migrants into their towns. These communities simply don’t have the resources to provide for thousands of more people in need of help. And often, they’re expected to care for these migrants without any assistance from federal immigration enforcement.

Border agents have already apprehended 1.7 million migrants this fiscal year. The total will surely top 2 million by year-end. In the fiscal year 2021, the figure exceeded 1.5 million. This means that during the first 18 months of the Biden administration, more than 3 million migrants have illegally entered the country. As Rep. James Comer (R-KY) noted, that’s the equivalent of four congressional districts.

So long as liberals didn’t have to deal with these migrants, they wholeheartedly supported this administration’s open border policy. But border towns can no longer absorb the huge influx of asylum-seekers, and the government is now forced to disperse them throughout the country. We can expect the isolated complaints from progressive politicians to reach a fever pitch once that reality sinks in.

Elizabeth Stauffer is a contract writer at the Western Journal. Her articles have appeared on many conservative websites, including RedState, Newsmax, the FederalistBongino.comHotAir, MSN, and RealClearPolitics. Follow Elizabeth on  Twitter or LinkedIn.


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