The 2nd Phase of the Border Crisis
The 2nd Phase of the Border Crisis
While most news media focus on the illegal aliens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, most Americans do not see the Second Phase of the Border Crisis that is happening in their communities. The Second Phase is the impact illegal immigration has on their communities, including public safety, education, housing, health, and welfare.
In FY23, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency recorded more than 2.4 million encounters (illegal aliens) at the Southwest border and more than 3.2 million encounters nationwide. Among those numbers were 169 illegal aliens on the terrorist watchlist and 35,433 with criminal records.
Unsettlingly, at least 1.7 million were known “gotaways” who have evaded apprehension since FY2021. Who knows if any of these 1.7 million were terrorists or criminals?
However, we can see that these illegal aliens or “migrants” are already having an impact on American communities. They may be affecting a distant community, but they affect all Americans eventually, directly or indirectly.
While the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens had declined before 2021, it has begun to surge, especially with the unprecedented number that has crossed in 2022 and 2023.
Homicides, assaults, incidents of domestic violence, illegal weapons possession, and sexual offenses committed by illegal aliens all increased dramatically in the fiscal year 2021 compared to the fiscal year 2020, according to CBP data. Illegal aliens committed 1,178 assault and domestic violence crimes in 2021, which represents a more than 400% increase from the 208 in 2020.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently revealed in a press conference that there were “several migrants who have committed crimes,” including some participating in what he called a “robbery pattern.”
On Saturday, Jan. 6, a mob of about 15 illegal aliens stormed into Manhattan’s Bloomingdale’s and tried to steal several Versace, Dior, and Prada designer sunglasses totaling $5,300. — before all but one of them escaped, police sources said Sunday.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has contracted with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to process reimbursement claims by providers who offer services to detained illegal aliens. This is while there is a backlog of thousands of veteran claims.
In fiscal year 2022, ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) paid out a total of $94.3 million in taxpayer money to illegal aliens who have never paid taxes. Meanwhile, veterans who did pay taxes and served the nation went to the back of the line.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Brooklyn high school students suddenly learned that classes would be conducted remotely because about 2,000 illegal aliens would be using their gym as a storm shelter.
Bureaucrats and liberals were concerned that torrential rains and powerful winds would collapse a massive migrant tent at Floyd Bennett Field that housed the illegal aliens. They moved Tuesday night.
However, because of the outcry from parents, illegal aliens were moved back to their tent city compound before school started. Classes were still held remotely on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, illegal alien families were moved out of a midtown Manhattan hotel as part of Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to ease the pressure on New York City’s strained shelter system by imposing a 60-day limit on shelter stays.
About 40 illegal alien families that left Row NYC, in the heart of the city’s Theater District, are the first of scores of families that are expected to leave city shelters in the coming weeks. Some of the illegal aliens reapplied for beds, while others said they had found more permanent accommodation outside the system.
Democrat Mayor Adams imposed a limit in October for homeless illegal alien families, saying the move was necessary to relieve the city’s shelter system, which is overwhelmed by illegal aliens crossing the southern U.S. border.
Response by Some Municipalities
As more illegal aliens arrive in major cities like Chicago, these “sanctuary cities” are sending them to the suburbs and other smaller municipalities. In response, these municipalities are creating ordinances regulating or preventing bus drop-offs and taxes aimed at blocking the use of local hotels/motels as shelters and even symbolic “non-sanctuary” declarations.
Cost to the Taxpayer
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has calculated that the net cost of illegal immigration for the United States – at the federal, state, and local levels – in 2023 was at least $150.7 billion. This means every citizen and taxpayer is affected by illegal immigration directly or indirectly.
All citizens should know that New York’s and Chicago’s problems will come to their community or pocketbooks soon, if not already. What is the point of being a law-abiding citizen if an illegal alien gets the same rights, benefits, and privileges?
Declaring themselves “citizen-first” or “citizen-only” communities is the best way to counter the problems created by the open border and sanctuary communities at a time when the federal government refuses to protect the nation. American citizens must be given preference on rights, benefits, and privileges in their own country.