Many Republicans have been sharply critical of President Joe Biden’s decidedly lax enforcement of border security and immigration laws that have predictably resulted in historically high numbers of migrants illegally crossing the border and dispersing to cities and communities around the country.
The crisis has become so pronounced that even some elected Democratic leaders are now calling out Biden’s failures, even if unwittingly, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), according to the Western Journal.
“Unfair for cities to carry the weight”
Mayor Adams, who has been expressing his increasing concern for the past several months over the flood of migrants arriving in his purported “sanctuary city,” raised the issue once more during an appearance Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
The segment began by pointing out that Adams had declared a state of emergency for the city due to an influx of around 40,000 migrants in recent weeks and months, prompting the opening of yet another relief center that is purportedly stretching the massive and wealthy city’s resources thin.
Asked how serious the border “crisis” was, the mayor first referenced his recent visit to El Paso, Texas, and then said, “Look at Chicago, Houston, Washington, New York City — this is just unfair for cities to carry the weight of a national problem,” and added a moment later, “This is a major financial impact on New York City and cities across the country that are receiving the brunt of it.”
Adams was asked about his interactions with the White House on the border and migration issue, but the mayor revealed that he hasn’t even been informed by the administration about who is supposedly “coordinating” the government’s efforts in that regard. Predictably, however, he seemed to blame Republicans for the lack of any plans or solutions despite the fact that his fellow Democrats had been solely in charge over the past two years.
“When my house is burning, I don’t want to hear about fire prevention,” the mayor said. “Let’s put out the fire. And the fire right now is the overproliferation of migrant asylum seekers in several cities in the country.”
“What we’ve got right now is not working”
Mayor Adams actually isn’t alone among top Democrats who are now calling attention to the unmistakable crisis at the southern border — and exposing President Biden’s failures in that regard, whether they intended to or not — as Fox News reported in December that California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) had warned that his state could soon “break” under the increasing pressure of rampant illegal immigration.
In light of the eventual end of the Title 42 public health order that allows for the immediate expulsion of migrants at the border — which Biden intends to end but has been blocked from doing so by the courts — Newsom told ABC News in an interview, “The fact is, what we’ve got right now is not working and is about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership.”
Newsom seemingly accused the federal government of deliberately sending recently arrived migrants to California and lamented, “The more we do, the burden is placed disproportionate on us.”
“We’re already at capacity at nine of our sites,” he revealed. “We can’t continue to fund all of these sites because of the budgetary pressures now being placed on this state and the offsetting issues that I have to address .… The reality is, unless we’re doing what we’re doing, people will end up on the streets.”
Somehow all the fault of the Republicans
Of course, again ignoring the fact that his fellow Democrats have been in charge for the past two years, Gov. Newsom predictably excoriated Republicans for not agreeing to the Democratic-proposed “solutions” — which essentially involve open borders and mass amnesty — to deal with the problem and somehow deemed them to be responsible for the problems his so-called “sanctuary” state is having with the surge of illegal immigration.
In reality, the problems highlighted by Mayor Adams and Gov. Newsom are directly attributable to President Biden’s lax border and immigration enforcement policies, and it is more than a little infuriating that they are only calling foul now — and ludicrously blaming Republicans — that the impact is being felt in major Democrat-run cities while small border towns and GOP-led communities across the southwest and southeast have been dealing with the issue for years.