When does the influx of people at our southern border become an emergency? Apparently, when it finally affects cities and states away from this border.
Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a surge in the number of migrants arriving in his city. “El Paso, the city manager, the mayor, they should stop sending buses to New York,” Adams implored.
Last week, in these pages, Councilman Joe Borelli praised the mayor for declaring the emergency and noted that “17,400 migrants have entered New York since this spring (more than half of them sent by the Democratic Mayor of El Paso, Texas), and the estimated price soared to more than $1 billion. Even in a city with the budget of Switzerland, those numbers are disheartening.”
They are. And they represent a small fraction migrants arriving at the border. According to US Customs and Border Protection, 203,597 people crossed our southwest land border in August alone. For comparison, that number was 62,707 in August 2019. Suddenly 17,400 over several months doesn’t seem like New York’s fair share.
The emergency declaration is intended to unlock Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars. But it’s a band-aid solution when the numbers are this astronomical.
Borelli called the state of emergency a “recognition of reality”. It would be good. But so far, Mayor Adams is unwilling to discuss root causes or push for political solutions to stem the tide of migrants.
For too long, this had been an emergency that New Yorkers could ignore while pretending it was cruel to acknowledge an emergency was happening. Any suggestion that uncontrolled migration should be somewhat controlled was met with slogans, placards and other meaningless gestures.
On December 6, 2016, shortly after Donald Trump was elected President, the City Council passed one of its unnecessary resolutions “Affirming that despite President-elect Donald Trump’s senseless threats, New York will remain a sanctuary city. for immigrant residents. Twelve days later, thousands of New Yorkers came out for “The March for Immigrant New York” to celebrate “International Migrants Day”.
In January 2017, signs popped up all over yuppie Brooklyn. In the windows of cafes and shops, a man with pleading eyes and a baby in his coat stared at us with the words “Refugees are welcome here”.
What did that mean? That refugees could also come and buy the $7 lattes that the brownstone set bought? Like most people who put up signs in windows, Brooklynites don’t really mean it. Refugees were welcome here because it was a shot in the eye of Trump, who wanted to build a wall and make Mexico pay, not because refugees could actually be welcomed here.
Everything was theoretical. People who had no contact with the migrant issue at the border wanted everyone to know they cared. So many. They are full of attention. And you, nobody without such a sign at your window, you don’t care much less. The fact that the border towns had done a lot, for years, to help incoming migrants was not mentioned.
Then Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis implemented policies to deliver migrants to the gates of facilities with the welcome signs — and suddenly the welcome mat went up. been ripped off.
DeSantis and Abbott did not move migrants to sanctuary cities to be cruel. They didn’t because they hate immigrants. It wasn’t to cause an emergency. The urgency was already there.
They did it to force conversations Democrats would rather not have. What do we do with people who arrive en masse? Your sign in the window? Prove it.
New Yorkers need to understand that there are consequences to the policies they advocate. The singular man with the baby in his coat only exists in leftist imaginations. The reality is that hundreds of thousands of men cross our border every month. The Biden administration has allowed our border to be wide open. New York should know exactly what that entails.
“It’s not sustainable,” Adams said when the emergency order was announced. This is the case for everyone involved. Now is the time to face it.
New York Post