Saturday, April 15, 2023

New York Just Can’t Afford to Remain a Sanctuary City; NYC wants $650M from Feds to Help Alleviate Financial Crisis After Welcoming 90 Migrants Each Day

Robert Mecea
New York just can’t afford to remain a sanctuary city:
“No one is above the law.” But is the slogan applied as universally as it’s uttered? Or are the words selectively aimed at ideological opponents on an as-needed basis?
One need look no further than our immigration chaos to understand that, in fact, millions of people have had the privilege of being placed above the law.
As our southern border has become a highway to havens, state and local authorities have chosen to ignore the immigration violations of our newest arrivals.
We designated our city a “sanctuary” out of compassion.
We are, historically, a city of immigrants, and we empathize with many of the new arrivals.
But our compassion is being tested by unprecedented numbers of newcomers accompanied by unparalleled costs our leaders call “unsustainable.”
Before New York crumbles under the weight of endless immigration, we need to end our “sanctuary city” policy.
Sanctuary cities like New York refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and share citizenship status, arrest data and addresses.
Local officials often smugly flaunt their right to do so. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in August 2018 during his re-election campaign, declared, “New York state is the state that said we will not cooperate with ICE, they’re a bunch of thugs.”
With federal authorities pursuing a virtual open border policy, plainly some offenders are above the law. --->READ MORE HERE
NYC wants $650M from feds to help alleviate financial crisis after welcoming 90 migrants each day:
The Big Apple has taken in an average of 90 migrants each day since July of last year, a crisis that has caused city spending to balloon and forced Mayor Eric Adams to slash other agencies’ budgets, The Post has learned.
Approximately 32,000 migrants are now living in city taxpayer-funded housing, according to a March 29 estimate from the city’s Office of Management and Budget in an application to the Biden administration for more help from DC.
OMB Director Jacques Jiha warned the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Response and Recovery (ORR) that the city “cannot shoulder an ongoing massive and unexpected burden on its own without substantial risk to its financial stability.”
Jiha asked ORR assistant administrator Melissa Forbes for the entire $350 million in its migrant assistance pot – plus an extra $300 million – to plug the $654 million hole sustained by the city on housing and providing services to migrants between July 1, 2022 and Feb. 28 2023.
However, that amount would be a mere down payment if Jiha’s prediction that the expense will grow to $1.4 billion by June 30 — and $4.3 billion by the end of 2024 — comes true.
So far, Gotham has only received a paltry $8 million in federal funding to date after an initial $1 billion request. --->READ MORE HERE
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