During Thursday’s broadcast of NewsNation’s “Elizabeth Vargas Reports,” New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zachary Iscol said the city “is not going to participate in the politics or intrigue of the palace” on the question of whether it must deal with the influx of migrants, because it is a sanctuary city and that in the influx of migrants, “there is an opportunity”.
Host Elizabeth Vargas asked, “And how do you respond to people like Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) who says, you guys up there, the right to – the sanctuary city, the right to city of refuge, it was you, the liberals, who adopted this policy, are you taking care of it?
Iscol responded: “So, I think there’s a lot of confusion about who’s to blame for this, and there’s a lot of finger-pointing. And I’ll leave it to the politicians to point fingers. The mayor has been very clear that we are facing a crisis, that we need to focus on solving this crisis, and that we are not going to participate in politics or palace intrigue. We must work together to solve this problem.
He added: “You asked this question, why do people come? Forced migration is going to be one of the great challenges of the 21st century… and, in this forced migration, there is opportunity. Every time this country has faced forced migration, going back to World War II, there were 1.8 million European refugees. Vietnamese boat people, Cubans, Haitians, Soviet Jews – the federal government set up a process to relocate people across the country, put them to work, and when that was done, it was a huge investment in the American economy and society.
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