Officials on the northern border of the United States are facing identical problems as those on the southern border, and they are starting to fight back. New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik issued a statement in which she blamed Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul and President Joe Biden for the “unprecedented and historic surge in illegal immigration” at the northern border.
Rep. Stefanik noted that the number of illegal aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol this year has grown to 6,100, a 1300% increase from 2020 when President Trump was in office, citing Robert Garcia, the chief of that area’s US Customs and Border Patrol sector. Most of the migrants, as Garcia has previously mentioned, are undocumented Mexican nationals. Because his area is so overrun with migrants, some have escaped from Border Patrol detention despite Chief Garcia’s pleas for extra agents earlier this year.
Scott Gray, a state assemblyman, echoed Rep. Stefanik’s comments, noting that the fact that New York City declares itself a sanctuary city attracts even more illegal immigrants. He mentioned how New York City’s current rate of absorbing roughly 10,000 illegal immigrants each month is unsustainable.
New York City’s Democratic mayor, Eric Adams, has expressed helplessness in the face of the ongoing illegal immigration epidemic, adding that he does not see an end to it in his lifetime. To quote him, it would “destroy New York City.”
In May, Republicans in the House pushed through the Secure the Border Act, which Stefanik has urged Senate Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the Biden Administration to embrace. She called it the “strongest border security bill in history” and said she was confident it would solve the “Biden Border Crisis.”