“Real Time” host Bill Maher called President Biden’s radical policy reversal on the border a “disaster” for Democrats.
The Biden administration shocked the nation this week after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited an “acute and immediate need” to waive 26 federal laws, including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, to begin construction of a new border wall. in the Starr County area of the Rio Grande Valley area.
This breaks one of the president’s biggest campaign promises, to no longer add a border wall, a structure that former President Donald Trump long championed.
During Friday evening’s roundtable, Maher sounded the alarm.
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“I feel like this is a disaster for the Democrats,” Maher began. “Trump said today he wants Biden to apologize because it appears Biden is adopting his policies. That doesn’t look good for Democrats.”
He continued: “They also look like sanctuary city hypocrites. They’re the ones who said, ‘Look, we’re compassionate people. Everyone should have a chance here.’ And then when they started sending out — I mean the Eric Adams quotes, this is the liberal mayor of New York: ‘This problem is going to destroy our city.'” The governor (Kathy Hochul) said, ” If you have to leave your country, go somewhere else.” Keep walking, is that from the governor of New York? They put out a flyer in New York now, saying, “New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world . You’re better off going to a more affordable city.”…I understand there’s a little ‘I told you so’ at the border.”
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ABC News contributor Sarah Isgur responded by telling Maher it was “even worse” than what he described since Democrats would accuse Texas of being “racist” for decrying the migrant crisis.
She also pointed out that there are “2 million” border crossings in 2022 and that New York City receives only a fraction of them. It is estimated that there are around 110,000 migrants.
“They need to apologize to Texas,” Isgur said.
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Reason Magazine editor Matt Welch took New York City Mayor Eric Adams to task for claiming his city was “full.”
“New York City has lost half a million residents in four years. New York City is not full. These are the shelters where they promise everyone you’re eligible, those- There are full and they are full of migrants right now. “So there are zero-sum competitions for all the available resources,” Welch said. “Because of the way New York is governed, which is very poor – I say this as a resident of New York, so they are incapable of absorbing people.”
He continued: “We’re talking about numbers that pale in comparison to the number of arrivals to this country in the 70s and 80s. The Mariel boat lift transported 110,000 people in a week and a half or whatever. Miami survived. Not only that, but she benefits from it too, but we’re not in a place right now where we have the same kind of ability to deal with people.
“And it’s a real shame because this is the biggest crisis, the biggest refugee crisis in the history of the Western Hemisphere. Seven million people are an advertisement for why socialism doesn’t work in Venezuela right now, and we need to find a solution.” a more generous and intelligent way to deal with this problem, and at the moment our politicians are incapable of inventing it. »
Maher complained: “I feel like we can never do anything in between. There’s nothing between ‘bomb Mexico’ and ‘come one, come all.'”
The HBO star then took a moment to denounce Trump’s “scary” rhetoric, citing his recent comments that the surge of illegal immigrants is “poisoning the blood of our country.”
“I know you’re not supposed to compare yourself to Hitler, but I have to compare myself to Hitler,” Maher said. “I mean, it’s Hitler-y.”
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