Americans Shortchanged for No Good Reason Due to Open Border Policies
Government policy scholar Leonard D. White once observed that “the objective of public administration is the most efficient utilization of the resources at the disposal of officials and employees.” Reasonably-minded citizens understand that finite supplies of money and personnel (which keep taxes in check) mean that public officials must make hard choices between options, and allocate resources in a responsible manner that (hopefully) optimizes social good. It’s generally accepted that not everyone gets everything they want or need.
What citizens do not accept, however, is when flawed policies deplete resources and leave them shortchanged for no good reason…which is exactly what open borders and mass illegal immigration imposes. Over 9 million illegal aliens have entered the U.S. since President Biden took office, with hundreds of thousands more crossing each month; 341,392 illegal aliens were encountered in just September. As such, local, state, and federal budgets are strained and instead of addressing the root causes of illegal immigration, public officials are cutting vital services to legal residents in order to accommodate migrant needs.
The situation is growing dire in major urban sanctuary cities, New York being the most notable. With over 125,000 existing migrants, and 10,000 more arriving each month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently threatened to slash the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) budget by 13.5 percent over the next two years. Fortunately, Big Apple citizens recognized the danger and pushed back. For the moment, NYPD cuts are off the table, yet the city will still suffer a 5 percent reduction in all other city services for next year. At no time during the turmoil has the mayor acknowledged the magnetizing effect of New York’s longstanding sanctuary policies, nor has he said a peep about ending the policy – a policy that shortchanges New Yorkers for no good reason.
Migrant costs imposed by open border policies resulting in services cuts that jeopardize Americans isn’t happening just on the ground. The phenomenon has taken flight on U.S. airlines.
Sonya LaBosco, director of the Air Marshall National Council, has warned that flying is less safe now, given that many air marshals have been deployed to provide support at the southern border. As Fox News reported, initially, those deployed to the border were sought on a voluntary basis. Later, the deployments became mandatory, sparking outrage and a “mutiny” from marshals.
Moreover, the value air marshals actually have on the southern border is dubious given reports that they do nothing to deter, apprehend, or take illegal crossers into custody but are simply serving a support role. As LaBosco revealed, air marshals are, “not doing law enforcement duties” and are “passing out water” instead.
”Secretary Mayorkas has said more than once that the border is secure, so he is not concerned with that. But we all know that the border is not secure. He will not call this a crisis. But now, not only is the border destabilized, our aviation is destabilized as well,” LaBosco said. She said leaders of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its subsidiary, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), are to blame.
Worried that air travelers now have a heightened risk, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sent a tersely worded letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske, “It is concerning that the administration has prioritized ushering illegal immigrants into the country over protecting the lives and safety of the traveling public.”
It isn’t that sending more trained law enforcement personnel to the border isn’t needed per se, it’s that the border need not be open in the first place, thus requiring the diversion of air marshals leaving travelers at greater risk. Flawed policies that are left in place shortchange Americans for no good reason, and this instance, dramatically decrease their security.
Ms. LaBosco offered some final advice for air travelers worried about the lack of air marshals on the next flight, “You need to look around to see who you might be able to ask to help you, like a good Samaritan, because you’re kind of on your own…I would be looking around for a football player…a pretty big guy or a couple big guys, in case you needed to take action.”
While that may be a prudent plan, Americans should also be looking around for public officials who will finally take action, seal the border, stop illegal immigration, enforce the law so we don’t have to worry about security wherever we go, and who will ensure we stop getting shortchanged for no good reason.