New Yorkers Pushed to the Limit by Endless Migration
Nearly a year ago, New York City Mayor Eric Adams proclaimed that his city’s shelters and social services were “nearing [the] breaking point.” At the time, the city was dealing with about 10,000 newly arrived migrants. That number now stands at more than 100,000, with no end in sight.
Any casual observer of New York these days would certainly come away with the impression that the city’s capacity to deal with the endless influx is not just broken, but shattered. What is also clear is that the ongoing crisis, deliberately being inflicted by the Biden administration, has now pushed New Yorkers beyond their tolerance limit – and you learn to put up with a lot when you live in New York City.
This weekend, things really boiled over in New York. New Yorkers staged two protests demanding that the influx be halted and that the rights and security of residents and taxpayers be protected. One rally took place on Sunday in front of Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan. A second, that drew some 1,000 protestors on Friday, took place outside a Catholic school that has been turned into a migrant shelter on Staten Island. It is one of 200 shelters in the city that are now hosting recently arrived migrants. Another protest at the school, scheduled for Monday, is expected to draw 2,000 people.
Expressing the sentiment not just of New Yorkers, but people all across the country whose communities are being affected by the lawless policies of the Biden administration, Staten Island resident Scott Herkert (who lives next door to the school) stated, “The government has to stop doing this to our communities in secret and stop lying about it when they’re confronted. This is a total disruption of my life.”
Local residents, fearing for their safety as hundreds of largely unvetted migrants are moved into their community, demanded that at the very least an 11pm curfew be imposed on shelter residents and that it be enforced by the NYPD. Protestors received support from city council members representing Staten Island, including the council’s Republican minority leader, Joe Borelli, and Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.). Staten Island homeowners, with the backing of local political leaders in that Republican enclave of New York City, have also filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent migrants from being housed at the Catholic school.
Nothing good ever happens when people are pushed to the limits of their tolerance, which is why city officials and New York’s powerful federal representatives (Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries are both Brooklyn residents) must demand that the Biden administration finally end this madness, instead of simply asking for more federal funding. All across the country, the Biden-inflicted migration crisis is robbing people of their sense of security, their sense of community, their tax dollars and their right to control their own destinies. Much like Mr. Herkert of Staten Island, Americans everywhere just want their lives back.