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Migrants and mayors, buses and budgets

On Monday morning, another bus full of illegal commuters arrived at the Port Authority terminal in New York.

The city’s immigrant affairs commissioner, Manuel Castro, was there to personally greet 52 people as they got off the bus, 80% of whom were single men, witnesses said.

“A lot of other people who are here have told us that the families who boarded the buses in Texas don’t want to go to New York,” Castro said, echoing Washington, D.C.’s unsubstantiated claim. Mayor Muriel Bowser that illegal border workers are forced onto buses against their will.

In fact, Bowser never backed up his claim that “[i]In many cases, these people board the buses after being lied to about what is going to happen on the other end….

According to a Daily Caller reporter, migrants getting off a recent bus at Union Station in Washington “told me the whole process was voluntary.”

For Bowser, the reality also sinks in that about 15% of illegal immigrants transported by bus want to stay in the National Capital Region, according to the groups that assist them when they arrive. Bowser, who last year turned down federal aid to deal with the riots, takes migrant buses more seriously.

However, his requests for the DC National Guard to provide 150 troops a day to help with the influx, and for federal property as a staging area, were denied by the Department of Defense.

DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s bid for federal emergency appropriations also appears unlikely to succeed, but in the meantime, the congresswoman has written to the National Food and Drinks Program Board. emergency shelters to ask him to “permanently remove the cap” on reimbursements for long-distance travel for migrants.

“We anticipate that Texas and Arizona will continue to transport migrants to DC indefinitely,” Norton said. She wants as much out of her town — and someone else’s — as federal money will pay for, also indefinitely.

The emergency food and shelter program was intended to help America’s homeless transition into permanent shelter, and the national council “encourages” local councils “to place special emphasis on identifying and assistance to the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and [v]eternal.

There is no mention of indigent immigrants, legal or illegal, but this is the fund used to feed, house and arrange travel for DC bus arrivals.

Like Bowser, New York City Mayor Eric Adams insists he will continue to meet demand because New York has a “right to home” law.

As much as Adams and his team would like to portray the arriving migrants as desperate and mistreated, the departing passengers seem well-dressed and provisioned.

Gary Jenkins, commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services, bragged about “Pampers, milk, formula, food for families” and subway passes provided by the city, but said said one family’s response to free transportation was, “No, I’d rather take an Uber.

The fact that this family was eager to jump the queue to move to the United States and the onerous requirements of the immigration law and process is evident. Whether they are legitimate asylum seekers is less so.

Adams’ latest plan would be to house illegal border crossers in the former Milford Plaza Hotel in Times Square, where rooms cost more than $400 a night. The plan won’t be ready for a month or more, and with large groups continuing to cross the border illegally, accommodation for just 600 people won’t last long.

Adams says 4,000 migrants have come to New York from the border, filling homeless shelters meant for locals. However, Texas authorities say they only sent 360 to New York, but nearly 7,000 to Washington, D.C.

Norton calls the migrant bus by the governors. Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, of Texas and Arizona, respectively, a “cynical political stunt”. Speaking of stunts, in response to efforts in Texas and Arizona, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine just created a grant program for local organizations to help “vulnerable migrants” (who appear to be , such as those arriving in New York, mostly working-age men).

Racine has set aside a total of $150,000 in grants — up to $50,000 each for nongovernmental organizations and charities — to serve incoming so-called “asylum seekers.”

At around $21 per person, Racine’s total grants could be enough for a day’s worth of food per migrant. Even assuming that 85% of them move quickly to other places in the United States, that leaves a number of new destitutes at the expense of DC taxpayers.

In announcing the grants, Racine touted his attorney general’s office’s partisan efforts to undermine federal immigration law, including his participation in a Trump administration legal challenge in favor of “sanctuary” cities and his denial. assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration.

The hypocrisy of big blue city officials like Adams, Bowser and Racine is appalling. They boast of being “sanctuary” cities, but are furious that some of the estimated 2 million illegal aliens who have arrived in the United States under President Joe Biden’s watch want to accept them for their generosity.

Bowser has publicly stated that “local taxpayers aren’t footing the bill. They shouldn’t be footing the bill…. We really need a coordinated federal response.

However, the coordinated federal effort right now is behind getting as many migrants out of the border and into the country as quickly and with as little publicity as possible. Abbott and Ducey’s recruiting of volunteer volunteers only casts an uncomfortable light on the national shame of neglecting immigration enforcement.

Local Democratic lawmakers such as Bowser and Adams, and the Biden administration, seem happy with unlimited illegal immigration in theory, but neither wants to pay for it. Immigrant advocates, on the other hand, do not hesitate to hit local taxpayers.

Ashley Tjhung of the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, which coordinates charities helping illegal alien arrivals in Washington, said, “The mayor is sitting on millions of dollars in DC’s budget.”

Brianne Nadeau, a DC council member, recently asked Bowser to dip into the city’s budget surplus. No surprise there: Nadeau was a leader in council efforts to help people living in DC illegally resist federal law enforcement.

Mayors like Bowser and Adams, if they wish to stay true to their ‘open borders, no enforcement’ rhetoric of the sanctuary city, will have to dig deeper into voters’ pockets and ask them to divert resources intended for residents. locals to illegal aliens, with no end in sight.

Alternatively, those voters could demand that Congress solve the problem at the source by ending the widespread abuse of the asylum process, using migrant protection protocols correctly, finishing erecting the system of physical barriers at the borders and perhaps even forcing Biden to let immigration and customs do their job inside the country.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal