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Poll: Two-thirds say border situation is a ‘crisis’



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As the Biden administration faces heat for the deteriorating situation at the U.S.-Mexico border and for refusing to label it a “crisis,” a new poll has found that two-thirds of likely voters would classify the situation as a “crisis.”

The poll from Rasmussen Reports published Monday found that 67% of likely voters would call the situation at the border as a “crisis,” as opposed to members of the administration—such as White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas—calling it a “challenge”.

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 On the other hand, only 23% said it’s not a crisis and 10% are not sure.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted between March 18 and 21 also asked if individuals agreed or disagreed with this statement: “President Biden himself … has caused the [border] crisis with both his rhetoric and his policies”.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Migrants believed ‘Biden had opened the borders for them’: Sara Carter

A slight majority of respondents—53%—said they agreed with that assessment, whereas 38% said they disagreed and 10% were unsure.

Many Republicans have accused Biden of incentivizing migrants to come to the southern border with his policy proposals for undocumented immigrants, such as an eight-year pathway to citizenship.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Arizona AG: Biden ‘incentivizing’ migrants ‘to break the law and come here’

Since January, the reported number of migrants crossing the southern border has surged, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with many of these migrants being unaccompanied children.

The Biden administration has been scrambling to accompany and process all these migrants, as well as test them for COVID-19. Although, the administration has faced backlash over reports that facilities have released COVID-positive migrants into the country.

In the wake of accusations that he has been incentivizing migrants to come to the United States, Biden last Tuesday issued a message to migrants, telling them: “Don’t come over.”

RELATED: Biden’s message to migrants: ‘Don’t come over’

MORE ON THE BORDER: Mayorkas grilled about testing migrants for COVID-19

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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NYC Mayor Adams’ budget cuts slash total number of police and education funds



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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said  New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.

However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.

“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.

Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.

However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.

“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”


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