Migrants and terrorists are banking on the United States spending time, money and resources protecting the southern border and neglecting its Canadian border. More than 150,000 migrants have attempted to enter the United States through the northern border this fiscal year alone.
Congressional Republicans and local officials and border patrol are begging for assistance and raising alarms. Agents recorded 375 encounters at the northern border with people on the Terrorist Screening Dataset, better known as the terrorist watchlist, so far in 2023. The southern border sees significantly more immigrant encounters overall, but has also recorded 216 watchlist encounters so far this year.
Just The News reports that nearly half of all 2023 northern encounters occurred on New York’s border, despite the fact that the state only makes up about 8% of the U.S. land border with Canada.
Canada also has a leftist progressive President and is suffering its own migrant crisis, “experiencing an influx of individuals crossing the Canada-United States border between ports of entry,” known as “irregular border crossings.”
Just The News adds that so far this U.S. fiscal year, Canadian officials have recorded 30,326 irregular border crossings; 3.7 times more irregular crossings than Canada saw at this point during fiscal year 2022.
New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik stated, “Joe Biden’s Far Left open border policies have caused our Northern Border to see an unprecedented and historic surge in illegal immigration and Kathy Hochul’s ‘Sanctuary State’ policies have further incentivized this dangerous surge…Enough is enough.”
The gravity of the situation needs to be taken seriously by the Biden administration immediately. The State Department’s report for Canada states their “National Terrorism Threat Level remained at ‘Medium’ through 2021, meaning a violent act of terrorism could occur.” That was two years ago, and the crisis has gotten drastically worse.
The Department of Homeland Security warned in May: “Potential terror threats are primarily from homegrown violent extremists in Canada who are not included in the U.S. Government’s consolidated terrorist watch list and could therefore enter the United States legally at Northern Border ports of entry (POEs) without suspicion.”
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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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