On the eastern seaboard, Democrats are becoming vocal about the difficulties they’re having to deal with a big influx of unlawful immigrants being sent from Republican-controlled states to their jurisdictions, claiming it’s taking a toll on their resources.
During a White House press conference on Thursday, Press Secretary Karine Jeantet-Pierre was asked about the “thousands” of illegal immigrants who have been transported to Washington, D.C., and New York City from Texas and Arizona following Biden’s Border Crisis.
“We think it’s disgraceful that — that certain governors are using immigrants as a political pawn, as a political game, when we should be doing everything possible to assist people who come into the process in a legal manner and ensuring that, you know, we do this in a safe way and with respect. And I believe it is shameful that this is taking place.”
During a news conference on Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) claimed that the increase in illegal aliens being sent to his city was a “significant burden” on residents.
“As I previously said, we already have a severely crowded shelter system. So now we’re talking about food, clothing, and schooling. This will impact our schools since we don’t turn away people because they are undocumented or need interpreting services. There’s a slew of other things that this will bring about; thus, we’ll require assistance in making it happen and will need to write coordination to make it work.”
Under Biden’s leadership, the border crisis has worsened. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, over two million encounters with illegal immigrants have been recorded thus far in FY 2022. That’s the greatest number ever recorded by the agency in a single year; FY 2022 still has almost two months left.
The surge of migrants has harmed Republican-controlled border states like Texas and Arizona especially hard. Four counties in Texas declared an emergency invasion declaration earlier this month over the immigration crisis. Last year, illegal immigrant encounters in Arizona surged by 579 percent.
During the middle of the night last year, officials in Florida dealt with Biden’s Border Crisis when they apparently sent 70 planes worth of immigrants to Jacksonville. Last month, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis took action to address the crisis and signed a bill requiring state agencies to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).