Several major cities’ leaders across the country have openly expressed regret over their prior support for open borders and “sanctuary cities,” as those very same cities are now flooded with illegal aliens that are increasing crime, homelessness, and other crises.
As Just The News reports, over 2 million illegal aliens have entered the country since Biden first took power in January of 2021. Many of them have moved to large cities that defined themselves as “sanctuary cities;” local jurisdictions that vowed to defy federal immigration law and provide amnesty, shelter, and other protections for illegals.
“The policies of the Biden administration have certainly upped the ante on this sort of virtue signaling in recent years,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). “Some 2.3 million new illegal aliens have entered the country since Biden took office, and a lot of them have wound up in these sanctuary jurisdictions, either on their own, transported by the federal government, or transported by other jurisdictions that simply cannot handle the influx.”
Some of the most prominent sanctuary cities include New York City and Chicago, where city leaders have since voiced concerns about the impact of the sudden spike in the illegal alien population.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D-N.Y.) said last week that the city is not prepared to take in any more illegals than are already living there, and said that he plans to hand out flyers to newly-arrived illegals at the southern border discouraging them from coming to New York City. Over 100,000 illegal aliens have come to New York City just this year alone.
In Chicago, newly-elected Mayor Brandon Johnson (D-Ill.) and other Democratic leaders have since heard opposition from Chicago residents who fear that the rise in illegal aliens will lead to greater crime in an already crime-ridden city.
“What people are feeling is that the people who have been in these neighborhoods for generations, they have been treated inhumanely by the same government that is making efforts to provide good care to the asylum seekers,” said State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Ill.).
Encouraged by Biden’s campaign promises of amnesty and taxpayer-funded free benefits, such as healthcare, education, and housing, millions of illegals have flooded across the southern border since he first took office. In the last month alone, over 175,000 illegals crossed the border. The first five months of 2023 saw a greater number of illegals entering the country than the entire populations of eight American states.
With the staggering number of illegal aliens coming into the country, some Republican leaders have turned to political stunts utilizing these illegals in order to make a point about Democrats’ pro-amnesty and pro-sanctuary policies. Republican governors like Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) have begun sending busloads of illegals to Democratic jurisdictions, including New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, in order to point out the hypocrisy of Democrats who would subsequently kick these illegals out or otherwise become incapable of housing them.