Open letter to New York City Mayor Eric Adams:
Dear Mayor Adams:
Are you enjoying life in the Dumpster?
New York Mayor Eric Adams has his hands full of migrants (Photo: New York Magazine)
By Dumpster, I mean the catastrophic invasion of your city, thanks to your virtue-signaling Sanctuary status. I wrote about your self-inflicted progressive dilemma just the other day.
Sanctuary seemed like a good idea at the time — when in the 1980s Mayor Ed Koch implemented it — so that illegals (not so many, then) would not be afraid to report crimes to police. Koch, hardly a progressive, also allowed them to enroll their kids in public schools and get medical care without fear of being deported.
It was intended as a humanitarian gesture, and it spread like a virus to other Democrat-run cities, like Philadelphia, which might help you out — stay tuned. But Sanctuary came festooned with unintended consequences.
I mean, who could have imagined that sheltering people here illegally would attract more people here illegally?
Well, actually, anyone with a brain, or a smattering of knowledge of human nature. The result was predictable and inevitable. When undocumented people from around the world saw a green light — they came. And their record numbers swamped our ability to even process them. We need order at our border, and that requires a red light to illegals.
Mayor, let me give you an analogy, ripped from the headlines, as they say: When your D.A. stopped prosecuting shoplifters, you got more shoplifters. Predictable.
You’re following this, right? You have a massive shoplifting problem.
In fact, in May — better late than never — you announced a “comprehensive plan” to combat retail theft in the nation’s largest city. Here’s part of what you said: “We’re going to beat back on retail theft through a combination of law enforcement, prevention, and intervention.”
Enforcement, prevention, intervention. Brings back memories of when you were a cop, right? It’s a formula less complicated than plotting the DNA sequence of Angora goats.
How about applying the same tactics to resolve the migrant problem?
Ah, but here’s where the issue gets tricky, Mayor. Back in Koch’s time, garden variety illegals got here by sneaking across the border, or by overstaying a visa. They played cat and mouse with authorities.
The majority of today’s massive number of migrants walk right up to the cat — Customs and Border Patrol — and claim asylum status.
The reality is the vast majority of them do not qualify for asylum — which is restricted to victims of political, religious, ethnic or other persecution by the state. Asylum sadly is not granted to those fleeing poverty, drought, hunger or criminal gangs. Those seeking asylum know they are not eligible, but choose to game the system. They hope to get intothe U.S. to await their hearing, which can be years away. And in those years, they can vanish, to live in the shadows. But they are here, by exercising a fraudulent claim.
Under President Donald J. Trump, they had to wait in Mexico for their hearing. He also ended catch and release, the self-defeating policy that freed intercepted border jumpers to continue into our country..
Under President Joe Biden, they were admitted into the U.S., and their numbers exploded. See the chart
Even before his election, Biden had made promises that his policies would be “humane,” and he would welcome immigrants. Mr. Mayor, he should have said legal immigrants, but he was so busy virtue signaling, he forgot to do that. Illegals started showing up at the border actually wearing T-shirts asking Biden to let them in. It’s clear they were getting them from Open Border types in the U.S.
Well, Mr. Mayor, that was embarrassing and Biden had to grab a mic and say, no, cancel that. Don’t come here.
When illegal crossings reached record numbers, Biden was forced to adopt some of Trump’s policies, and told migrants to download an app to apply for asylum from where they were, and if they showed up without documents, they would be sent back.
And they were. Numbers dropped, but still the illegals come, not in record numbers, but still in big numbers.
Mr. Mayor, you have filled Midtown hotels at a cost of billions to taxpayers, and still they come.
You tried sending them to suburban communities, which said, Don’t even think of it.
You have spent $50,000 so far to send them to Florida, Texas, and China, for God’s sake, like you are some kind of a migratory travel agent.
Here’s a better idea — send them to a nearby Sanctuary City: Philadelphia!
I’m sure current nitwit Mayor Jim Kenney would love it, but he’ll be gone in January. And he can’t wait to be gone, as you may have heard.
The next, and 100th, mayor will be either Republican David Oh, or Democrat Cherelle Parker.
Would either of them be willing to put out the welcome mat for your overflow?
Mayor Adams, I decided to help you out and ask them.
Asked if he would welcome New York’s overflow, Oh said, “No.”
I invited him to take as much space as he wanted, but he wanted to keep it simple and direct. Oh says no. In an earlier interview, when I asked about Philly being a Sanctuary City, Oh said he would not take action against the law-abiding illegals already here, but he would cooperate with the feds to find and deport the criminals among them. That was the city’s policy before Michael Nutter got stampeded into noncooperation by the Open Borders types.
As usual, Parker chose to not respond to questions from someone who has been a professional journalist in Philadelphia longer than she has been in elected office. Maybe she can’t talk because of all that mysterious dental surgery.
Mayor Adams, if you want a hand from Philly, better light a candle for Parker. But if she will actually bust our budget to fill our hotels with illegals, that’s an open question.