Brooklyn High School Used to Accommodate Illegal Migrants
The bussing of migrants to sanctuary cities has been a brilliant political move.
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You know the border crisis is untenable when New York City, which has seen only a small fraction of the migrants that Texas border towns have to deal with, has now started using high schools to accommodate illegals.
That’s right: Some 4,000 students at James Madison High School in Brooklyn were dismissed early on Tuesday and forced to do “remote learning” on Wednesday because city officials billeted 1,900 migrants in the gymnasium and auditorium. It’s actually worse than it sounds, however, because students had to request in advance via email if they wanted an actual teacher to be available to teach them.
Biden continues his blatant refusal to enforce federal immigration law. And that’s because his administration is emphasizing “equity” over law enforcement.
As Jeffrey Anderson notes, on his first day in office, Biden issued an executive order to “reset” the border, saying that he would “reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws.” That same day, he issued a separate executive order on “equity,” declaring that his administration would pursue a policy of “advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.” The Department of Homeland Security subsequently quoted that part of Biden’s executive order and made clear that it would seek to implement it “[i]n the immigration and enforcement context.” Equity even for illegal migrants, at our expense.
The media still refuses to acknowledge that it is the Biden administration policies themselves that are largely the engine behind the hordes of migrants pouring across the southern border. Fiscal year 2021 saw a record-breaking 1,734,686 migrant encounters. Then fiscal year 2022 broke that record. And then fiscal year 2023 broke that record. And on its current trajectory, fiscal year 2024 will likely end up breaking the record yet again. December reportedly saw a staggering 302,000 migrant encounters—not only the highest December number ever recorded, but the highest number ever recorded for any month.
With Biden basically propping open the door so that migrants can just stroll right in at their leisure, monthly encounters have skyrocketed. But it’s not just that hordes of illegals are crossing the border. It’s what happens once they arrive. U.S. Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz, a Biden administration appointment, has said that migrants are likely “turning themselves in because they think they’re going to be released.” And they’re not wrong. It was revealed this week that more than 85% of migrants are simply being released into the interior of the country.
One thing is for sure: The bussing of migrants to sanctuary cities has worked. It has made the border an issue in places far removed from the border. It has forced Democratic mayors to admit, implicitly and explicitly, that migrants are a massive burden on public services and taxpayers. And it has stoked tensions between Democrats over resources and border policy.
This issue could very well cost Biden the election. Send more.