There Goes the Neighborhood: NYC’s Migrant Woes Spread to Suburbs
New York City’s migrant woes are spreading to the suburbs.
During a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology hearing last week, Nassau County (N.Y.) Executive Bruce Blakeman said Long Island is feeling the impact of organized gangs and drug cartels along with illegal aliens.
“We have seen a surge in crime by migrants who have engaged in all types of criminal activity from drug dealing, car theft, burglary to more violent crimes. Recently, a gang from Chile was arrested by Nassau County police, only to be released without bail due to state laws that give more rights to criminals than they do the victims,” Blakeman testified.
Authorities on Long Island report that the rise in residential and commercial burglaries stems from illegal aliens paying off death-dealing cartels that helped smuggle them into the U.S. in the first place.
“They’ve come here owing the cartels a great deal of money to transport them over the border, and if they don’t pay that money, I’ve been told that their families would be seriously harmed if not killed in their native country,” Blakeman related.
U.S. Rep. Nick LaLota, R-N.Y., said frustration is mounting because local officials “have no control over the root causes” of the crime wave – specifically the Biden administration’s reckless immigration policies and the sanctuary status of their big neighbor next door.
Last month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams blamed increases in prostitution in Queens on the influx of female Venezuelan migrants. Adams said the spike is just “one example” of how the ongoing migrant crisis is affecting Gotham.
It is unclear whether the Venezuelans are being sex-trafficked, or soliciting on their own. Either way, such activity won’t stay confined to the city limits when potentially more lucrative business awaits on Long Island less than 30 minutes away.
Adams, a Democrat, has expressed growing frustration that the White House isn’t providing more help to deal with the costly and dysfunctional effects of New York City’s migrant crisis.
“It’s going to be up to New Yorkers and this administration to continue to navigate this challenge that we’re facing,” he said. That might be the scariest proposition of all for law-abiding Long Islanders.