Big-city Democrats beg Biden for help amid mass migrant releases | Washington Examiner

  

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Via:  gregtx  •  2 months ago  •  8 comments

By:   anna-giaritelli (Washington Examiner)

Big-city Democrats beg Biden for help amid mass migrant releases | Washington Examiner
Democratic leaders in cities up north are outraged about the number of migrants arriving in their "sanctuary cities."

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Democratic leaders in cities up north are outraged about the number of migrants arriving in their "sanctuary cities."

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser broke their silence this week to call on the Biden White House to help states and cities far away from the southern border respond to the influx of illegal immigrants who were released into the country and chose to travel to their cities.

"We do need help from the federal government, through FEMA, to assist us. This city was already dealing with a shelter population, and we're going to need help to deal with this unprecedented surge," Adams said on Thursday.

In recent weeks, Adams said he was aware of 2,800 people who had arrived in the city after being released at the southern border. Their arrival was affecting homeless shelters where facilities were short on space due to the influx.

Bowser claimed on Sunday that migrants were being "tricked" into boarding the buses and that the matter of crowding homeless shelters was a "significant issue." But Bowser's sudden concern comes three months into the busing operation, as nonprofit groups in her backyard have spent $260,000 assisting newly arrived migrants and have begged the district to step up to no avail.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who represents a district on the Texas border, said he "found it interesting" that both mayors were speaking out now when he had been warning about the wide-scale releases for more than a year.

"We have to make sure we don't create any incentives for people to come in," Cuellar said in a phone call Friday.

More than 150 buses traveling from Arizona and Texas have transported approximately 6,000 migrants to the nation's capital over the past three months, the Washington Examinerreported earlier this month. The operation has collectively cost both border states millions of taxpayer dollars, including $6.8 million in Texas to date.

Because thousands of migrants are released and permitted to travel anywhere in the country each day, regional airports and bus lines are overwhelmed. For example, the sole nonprofit group assisting migrants in the Arizona border city of Yuma has begun transporting people to airports across state lines due to a shortage of flights in Yuma and Phoenix.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott (TX) initiated the operation in mid-April to help border communities, as well as stick it to President Joe Biden for how he said the White House's walking back of Trump-era immigration policies was leading more people to come to the border. Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) commenced a similar initiative in mid-May. Both states have migrants sign waivers before boarding, stating that they seek to be driven to Washington.

Adams claimed the migrants ended up in New York City because "they didn't get the support" in the border states.

Adams claimed the southern states were sending people to New York when the buses actually only go to Washington. From Washington, migrants may go to live with family and friends in that area or go on to other cities on the East Coast.

For a decade, migrants who illegally cross the southern border and are taken into Border Patrol custody have been released into the country and told to show up for immigration court down the road. Those released may travel anywhere in the country and often choose to live with or near people they know. Cities that have deemed themselves as sanctuary zones for how they will not help federal immigration authorities arrest illegal immigrants have welcomed illegal immigrants as safe places to reside. That message may be a factor in why some migrants choose to depart the border for Democratic-run sanctuary cities.

Now, big-city mayors far away from the border are getting a glimpse of the daily struggles felt in communities along the border.

The mayor of the small Texas town at the center of the migration crisis says he has not heard from the Biden administration once since he took office last year.

Mayor Rolando Salinas Jr. of Eagle Pass, Texas, called the White House's handling of the border a "complete failure."

"As a lifelong Democrat, I have to say it's so disappointing to not get support from this administration," Salinas said.


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GregTx
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1  seeder  GregTx    2 months ago
Adams claimed the migrants ended up in New York City because "they didn't get the support" in the border states.

Or maybe because the border states haven’t got the support they needed…

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  GregTx @1    2 months ago

I can guarantee you that us here in Arizona sure have not gotten the support we need/needed.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
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2  magicschoolbusdropout    2 months ago

Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who represents a district on the Texas border, said he "found it interesting" that both mayors were speaking out now when he had been warning about the wide-scale releases for more than a year.

There really are a very "Few" democrats with actual "Reason" in their bones.

"MOST" other Democrats......NONE!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3  Texan1211    2 months ago

Democrats in those cities can live with the decisions made by the Biden/Harris Admin. to release thousands into the US.

Sometimes you really do get exactly what you voted for--learn to live with it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4  Texan1211    2 months ago

The fact that the Biden/Harris disaster of an Administration is letting loose thousands of aliens a month is somehow lost on Democrats---or they think it is acceptable.

I wonder if Hispanics start voting in larger numbers for the Republicans will make them sing a different tune?

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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5  Nerm_L    2 months ago

The thing is the numbers being thrown around are really quite small.  It's difficult to believe that 6,000 migrants have created a crisis.  This appears to be an excuse to break with the more radical factions inside the Democratic Party.  Being Democrats they blame Republicans as a distraction but the complaints are really pushing back against the Democratic Party platform that advocates for weaker immigration laws.

 
 
 
GregTx
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5.1  seeder  GregTx  replied to  Nerm_L @5    2 months ago
The thing is the numbers being thrown around are really quite small.  It's difficult to believe that 6,000 migrants have created a crisis.

At the state level probably not,.... yet. However both cities are in the top ten of US cities with the most homeless.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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5.1.1  Nerm_L  replied to  GregTx @5.1    2 months ago
At the state level probably not,.... yet. However both cities are in the top ten of US cities with the most homeless.

Homelessness is already subsidized by the Federal government. 

IMO this still has more to do with immigration than with homelessness.  The homeless problem is more a result of mismanagement of available resources than too little resources.  Manhattan pleading poverty is unlikely to garner public support.

 
 

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