New York's Political Leaders Favor Illegal Aliens Over Legal Residents
New policy initiatives supported by both New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) call into question whether or not the state’s political leadership is using its city and states resources in the most effective and lawful manner.Just last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly supported DREAM Act legislation that grants illegal aliens access to college financial aid and scholarships in the state of New York. New York already grants illegal aliens who attend public colleges and universities heavily subsidized in-state tuition benefits.The act, which has already passed the New York state Senate, will affect 146,000 New York residents who do not have legal status in the state and are enrolled in state schools. With an illegal alien population of 560,000 in New York City alone, the number of individuals seeking to take advantage of this perk is expected to increase.Similar to Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has also recently introduced a new policy directive that intends to favor illegal aliens over legal residents.Titled NYC Care, the free comprehensive health care plan will provide primary and specialty care to 300,000 uninsured illegal aliens in New York City, costing $100 million annually.With the city’s municipal health system already an expensive item in 2018, critics have come quick to publicly denounce the plan. Concerns surrounding a large influx of people now demanding medical services has put strains on an already deficient pool of primary care doctor, causing even more public disapproval.With the city and state’s crumbling infrastructure, high property tax rates, and exorbitant cost of living, one has to question whether funding the health care of illegal aliens is in the best of interests of New York City and whether or not granting illegal aliens financial and scholarship aid throughout the state is appropriate.Not only do these two pieces of legislation serve as incentives that fuel illegal immigration into the country, but hundreds of thousands of financially struggling New York residents are being denied opportunities that their elected public officials should be providing them.It’s time for Gov. Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio to prioritize the people that elected them into their positions and to stop creating magnets that encourage illegal immigration.