Bill Clinton calls for change to New York's 'Right to Shelter' as migrant crisis grows

October 2, 2023

Democrats have long been proud of a New York City law under which no one seeking public accommodation can be denied shelter.

However, a massive influx of illegal migrants now has figures like former President Bill Clinton calling the law to be changed. 

"It's broken. We need to fix it."

According to Breitbart, Clinton's remarks came during a recent interview with John Catsimatidis on his WABC radio show "The Cats Roundtable."

When Catsimatidis asked if Clinton agreed with New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s call to amend the law, Clinton said that he did, stating, "It’s broken. We need to fix it … It doesn’t make any sense."

"They come here, and we’re supposed to shelter people who can’t get work permits for six months," the former president pointed out.

"We need to change that. They ought to work. They need to begin working, paying taxes and paying their way. Most of these people have no interest in being on welfare," Clinton insisted.

Clinton says migrants should remain in Mexico

"In the beginning, I tried to help Mayor de Blasio. But he decided that he was … more progressive than he thought I was — whatever that means," Clinton went on to recall.

The former president then appeared to express support for some version of former President Donald Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy, an approach which was once vilified by Democrats.

"The [US immigration] system is built to handle about 400,000 … We should build more housing just over the Rio Grande, and Mexico, I think, would support that," Clinton said.

"Keep people there, and let them in as quickly as possible if they are going some place where we know they can get a job and they’ll be welcome," he added.

Eric Adams says migrant crisis will "destroy" city

Clinton's remarks came less than a month after New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams warned that the flood of illegal migrants would "destroy" the city.

"We had a $12 billion deficit that we're going to have to cut," Fox News quoted Adams as telling residents at a town hall meeting on the Upper West Side.

"Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us. It's going to come to your neighborhoods," the Democratic mayor asserted.

"All of us are going to be impacted by this. I said it last year when we had 15,000. I'm telling you now with 110,000. The city we knew we're about to lose. And we're all in this together," Adams continued.

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