The Texan Migrant Crisis: The State of the Art, the Emerging State, and the Implications for New York City
The mayor told reporters Friday that the migrant crisis would cost the city $1 billion in the fiscal year.
“We are not telling anyone that New York can accommodate every migrant in the city,” the mayor said Monday. “We’re not encouraging people to send eight, nine buses a day. That is not what we’re doing. We are saying that we will fulfill the obligation to shelter, because we are a sanctuary city. That’s what we’re doing.”
As of the first week of October, Texas has spent more than $18 million busing migrants – who have been processed and released by immigration authorities in Texas border communities – to Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the program in April as part of his response to the Biden administration’s immigration policies, and acknowledged that taxpayers were likely to foot the bill.
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We are going to announce it once we have finalized how we are going to live up to our legal and moral obligation. Adams told attendees at the unrelated event that they were letting people know what was going on and how they would find creative ways to solve the humanitarian crisis.
Abbott and other people who are in favor of increasing immigration restrictions contend that Biden administration policies allow more people to cross the border illegally. Republican candidates have promised to do more to address illegal immigration as a result of the migrant invasion narrative.
The busing campaign has led to sparring between Abbott and Adams, whose administration has accused the governor of using human beings as political pawns and whose city has been long considered a sanctuary for migrants. The federal government could be getting more resources from the mayor. The White House said it is committed to providing FEMA funding and other support.
As a growing number of migrants arrive in the border city of El Paso, Texas, officials there say the situation is “unsustainable” and could intensify into a full-blown crisis.
Over the last few days, there have been images of large groups of people crossing the Rio Grande in Texas and long lines of migrants waiting to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents. The increase in border crossings comes before the scheduled end of Title 42, a policy that officials have been relying on to kick many migrants out of the United States.
Many of the arriving migrants told reporters they are from Central America. Some people claim to have been kidnapped before they made it to the border.
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Blake Barrow, chief executive director of Rescue Mission of El Paso, said the need is greater than anything he’s seen in 25 years running the homeless shelter.
I’ve never seen anything like this before. We were not built for this type of a situation,” Barrow told CNN. “But we have all these people in need in front of us, and we’re doing everything we can.”
According to Mario D’Agostino, who is the deputy city Manager, there has been a large amount of migrants crossing the border in the last few days.
Before, he said, increases in migrant populations crossing the border were gradual and over a series of months. This time, he said, it has been rapid and over a few days.
The Department of Homeland Security asserts that there is an influx of criminal organizations in the region.
Since the first length of fencing went up last week along the Mexican border near El Paso, the Texas National Guard has installed over two miles of the barricade and is expected to build more, an agency spokesperson told CNN on Monday.
The order that allowed authorities to expel most migrants at the border in 2020 was launched to halt the spread of Covid-19, officials said at the time. But the future of the policy, which had been due to end December 21, is uncertain.
El Paso, Mexico, is a state of emergency with a hold on Title 42 after the high-serial-court case
In an emergency, the Supreme Court put a hold on Title 42, and it could happen at any time if the court issues an order.
The director of the Hope Center shelter in Ciudad Jurez told CNN on Monday that many decided to leave Mexico and head to the US because of the uncertainty.
In El Paso, a state of emergency declared in anticipation of the lifting of Title 42 lets facilities like schools be used to shelter migrants. The Texas city also set up about 1,000 beds in its convention center, which housed more than 480 migrants overnight on Christmas Eve and 420 on Christmas Day, city spokesperson Laura Cruz-Acosta confirmed to CNN.
Near San Diego, about 9,000 migrants in Tijuana are living in shelters, homes and other places, said Enrique Lucero, the Mexican city’s director of migrant affairs. He said about half of the migrants are Mexicans, while the rest are from other countries.
The number of migrants in Matamoros have increased over the past week to some 5000 from about 2,000 according to Glady Edith Caas, who runs a non-profit. Some – mostly Venezuelans – are living in a large encampment crowded with tarp-covered tents held up by clotheslines.
Migrants have told CNN that the conditions in the camp are dire. Some families have been waiting there for weeks. People sleep under tents, unsure where their next meal will come from. The temperature was below freezing over the holiday weekend.
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The official numbers tell the larger story. US Customs and Border Protection says that in December of 2020, 40,565 migrants have been arrested along the border. In December of fiscal year 2022, that number was 179,253, according to the agency — a more than fourfold increase. And those are just the migrants apprehended.
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The House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing last week about 2,500 miles southwest of Capitol Hill. Five miles away. , and the committee could have seen all the gaps in the uncompleted border wall.
“The city of Yuma has 100,000 people, and we’ve had over 300,000 people cross the border here,” Trenschel testified. “That’s three times the population of Yuma coming across the border. They come here because we are the only hospital that is within three hours.
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The House Judiciary Chairman decided to summon a field hearing in the southwest corner of Arizona to highlight the damage that has been done to the area.
According to Jordan, the people they spoke to in Yuma described how it overwhelmed their school system, hospital, first responders, law enforcement and border patrol. “The cost (is) to the folks here on the border and across our border, and maybe most importantly now, that’s coming across the country.”
The Judiciary Committee of the Democrats did not attend the event because of the outcry from citizens and politicians in both parties. (House Democrats insisted that they hadn’t been consulted on the hearing and that many Democratic lawmakers had already committed to other congressional delegation trips.)
The number of apprehensions by the US Border Patrol soared after Joe Biden took office, according to Sheriff Leon N. Wilmot of Yuma County.
“On day one, Joe Biden said no more wall, no more ‘Remain in Mexico,’ no more deportation,” Jordan told Hannity. (Biden has urged Congress to pass new immigration laws, saying his powers to address the crisis are limited.)
Dr. Robert Trenschel, president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, told the congressional delegation that his facility spent $26 million from December 2021 to November 2022 on migrant care. No one is there to pay those bills.
These visitors may make it difficult for the people of Yuma to get needed healthcare in other parts of the country such as Phoenix or other cities that are a more than 170 miles away.
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“The White House must ensure the immediate needs, that cities that are impacted receive the support they deserve,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams told Politico in January.
While Biden may ignore the demands of some Republicans, Democrats and the American people, he shouldn’t overlook the plight of the migrants themselves.
The price for a person being illegally smuggled out of Mexico starts around $6,000 and goes up to $15,000 depending on where the person is coming from.
Cartels often force migrants to carry illicit drugs as they head north. There was a huge increase in the amount of Fentanyl seized on the border.
There is a single person that is supposed to solve the migrant crisis. It isn’t a nurse pulling a double shift in Yuma. It is not the work of a sheriff’s deputy. It isn’t even a US representative taking the red-eye from Dulles.
Biden has to admit that his policies have failed, and that he should replace Alejandro Mayorkas, the disastrous secretary of homeland security. (Mayorkas has called on Congress to fix the immigration system, which he says “has been broken for decades.”)