Thursday, November 30, 2023

Dem-Led Cities Pay for Migrants’ Tickets to Other Places as Resources Dwindle; Dem Mayors of 5 of the Biggest Cities in the US Demand Meeting with Biden to Deal with the Migrant Crisis: Chicago, Denver, Houston, LA and NY Say WH has Given Them No Help with the Surge in Arrivals

The Associated Press
Democratic-led cities pay for migrants’ tickets to other places as resources dwindle:
Some Democratic cities are spending taxpayer dollars on bus, plane and train tickets for migrants to move on to other places
As weary migrants arrive in Denver on buses from the U.S.-Mexico border city of El Paso, Texas, officials offer them two options: temporary shelter or a bus ticket out.
Nearly half of the 27,000 migrants who arrived in Denver since November 2022 have chosen the bus, plane or train tickets to other cities in the U.S., city data shows. In New York and Illinois, taxpayer dollars also are being spent on tickets, creating a shuffle of migrants in the interior U.S. who need shelter, food and medical assistance as they await rulings on asylum cases that can take years.
The transfer of migrants has gained momentum since Republican governors in Texas and Florida started chartering buses and planes to Democratic-led cities in what critics waved off as political stunts. More than a year later, some of those cities, their resources dwindling, are eager to help migrants move on to their final destinations.
The efforts show the increased pressures cities are facing as more migrants from around the globe are coming to the U.S. southern border, often fleeing economic turmoil. Illegal border crossings topped 2 million during the government’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the second-highest number on record.
With many migrants in shelters or living on the street, the next phase of the challenge is getting them to their families, friends or court cases, said Mario Russell, director at the Center for Migration Studies of New York. --->READ MORE HERE
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Democratic mayors of five of the biggest cities in the US demand meeting with Biden to deal with the migrant crisis: Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and New York say White House has given them no help with the surge in arrivals:
The Democratic mayors of Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and New York say they are ready to travel to meet President Joe Biden next week as they press for $5 billion in funding to help cope with the surge in migrants arriving in their cities.
In a letter released Wednesday, they say they are having to get by with little help from his administration.
Such is the urgency, that they are proposing to travel to Washington, D.C., for a crisis meeting within days.
In the meantime, migrants are sleeping in police station foyers in Chicago. In New York, a cruise ship terminal was turned into a shelter.
In Denver, the number of migrants arriving has increased tenfold and available space to shelter them has withered.
With fewer available work authorizations, these migrants cannot find work that would allow them to get into proper housing.
Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, who is leading the coalition, told the Associated Press that nearly every conversation he has had with arriving migrants is the same: Can he help them find a job?
'The crisis is we have folks here who desperately want to work. And we have employers here who desperately want to hire them. And we have a federal government that's standing in the way of employers who want to hire employees who want to work,' Johnston said.
Also signing on were the mayors of the country's four largest cities: Eric Adams of New York, Karen Bass of Los Angeles, Brandon Johnson of Chicago and Sylvester Turner of Houston. --->READ MORE HERE
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