In an unprecedented move, top Democrats in some “sanctuary” cities and states have expressed plans to relocate surplus migrants to predominantly GOP states and cities. This decision is framed under the pretext of evenly spreading the “burden.” Still, many see it as a tactical attempt to shift the challenges of high migrant influx onto states traditionally opposed to the Democrats’ open border policies.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) expressed this sentiment on the Sunday broadcast of CBS’ Face the Nation. “What we need is President Joe Biden’s help deciding where these folks are to go because they can’t all go to Chicago and New York, and D.C.,” he remarked, pointing out that while his state was welcoming, it couldn’t be the sole caretaker of these individuals. He called for a broader distribution to places where non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can assist.
We are not sanctuary states and don’t have sanctuary cities. We won’t allow our taxpayers to foot the bill of criminals……so, they’re all yours!
— ETN Patriot (@etn_patriot) October 9, 2023
This move by top Democrats is interesting, especially considering the earlier complaints from the Democratic side about Republican governors such as Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas. They had previously bussed migrants to northern cities, highlighting Biden’s migration policies, a move condemned by the New York editorial board as a “cynical tactic.”
City leaders across Democratic bastions, including New York, Boston, Denver and San Diego, have raised concerns over the rapid influx of migrants. The socio-economic implications are clear: such high levels of migration can lead to wage reduction, inflation spikes, rent increases, and overcrowded schools.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is committed to continue importing migrants. Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated that they aim to ensure legal pathways for migrants, promoting a “safe, orderly, and humane migration process.” This stance, however, has encountered resistance even within the Democratic fold.
The White House faces internal pushback, notably from Democratic allies such as Pritzker and New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D). While the latter has acknowledged Biden’s successes in crime prevention and environmental issues, Adams firmly believes the White House has missed the mark on the migration issue. Expressing his concern over the unsustainable number of migrants arriving in his city, Adams noted, “This is a $5 billion price tag this fiscal year. $12 billion over three years. That aid money is coming from somewhere, it’s unfair to everyday taxpayers, New Yorkers.”
The economic implications of vast migration ushered in by the Biden White House are undeniable. In cities like New York, the increasing number of migrants has led to a surge in rents while depressing wages. This demographic shift benefits older investors and landlords but at the expense of the average citizen.
Furthermore, this migration wave contributes to the stark wealth disparity in Democrat-led cities. Recent census data revealed that the income inequality gap in Manhattan is wider than in many developing nations. The fallout from such a stark divide will inevitably have long-term repercussions.
The current strategies implemented by top Democrats seem more tactical than humanitarian. As they push to redirect surplus migrants to GOP states, it becomes essential to question the real motivations behind such decisions and their long-term impact on the American landscape.