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Border crisis comes to America’s mayors


Last year, the governors of beleaguered border states began busing immigrants north, to cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Some were sent by plane to tony Martha’s Vineyard. Progressive leaders were outraged by what many deemed as a “political stunt.”

But the premise was simple: the border crisis is everyone’s problem, and states like Texas are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of steady arrivals.

Now that  they’ve had an appreciable taste of what it’s like to intake a flood of immigrants, city leaders around the country get it. Many are taking  their experience to Thursday’s U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. in hopes of getting action.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams visited El Paso, Texas, over the weekend, hosted by El Paso Mayor Oscar Leseer, a fellow Democrat. As Politico reported, more than 40,000 migrants who have arrived in border towns like El Paso have subsequently traveled to New York City in the last year, an influx Adams has warned is overwhelming his administration’s ability to provide services.

Adams pledged to form a coalition with mayors facing similar situations.

“I knew it was time for me, not to try to handle this problem from the city, but to come in to interact with the mayors across the country,” Adams said. “This has fallen on our cities. And I am now going to coordinate my mayors across the entire country to say: How do we respond to this directly?”

The city spent $366 million on services for asylum seekers last year, and Adams expects that sum to rise to $2 billion through June. Thus far, New York City has received just $8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $2 million from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“This is a national crisis. FEMA deals with national crises. FEMA must step up, and there should be one coordinator to coordinate everything that is happening dealing with migrants and asylum seekers in our country,” Adams said.

FEMA can do many things – but it can’t stem the tide of immigrants who need housing and services if liberal leaders remain intent on putting out a welcome mat on an open border.

It doesn’t help that President Biden’s recent trip to the border, during an immigration lull and after the streets had been cleared of migrants, was more about optics than anything else.

Last year, the administration released its Root Causes Strategy, supposedly a “core component of our Administration’s efforts to establish a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system,” according to the White House web site. “It integrates various U.S. government tools, including diplomacy, foreign assistance, public diplomacy, and sanctions.”

Ask Adams and other big city mayors how that’s working out.

Mayor Michelle Wu is slated to be a keynote speaker at the conference. She has been all for offering aid to immigrants in our sanctuary city, and it will be interesting to hear her take on all this

Eric Adams is heading to D.C. with a message for America’s mayors.

“Today its El Paso,” he said. “Tomorrow it could be their cities.”




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