In a startling move, prominent Democrats in certain “sanctuary” cities and states are announcing plans to transfer excess migrants to predominantly Republican states and cities. While they frame this as an attempt to distribute the “burden” more evenly, many view it as a calculated maneuver to shift the challenges of high migrant influx onto states traditionally at odds with the Democrats’ open border policies.
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
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) shared this perspective during a recent appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation. He stated, “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.” Pritzker emphasized that while his state was open to welcoming migrants, it couldn’t shoulder the responsibility alone. He called for a broader distribution to locations where non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could provide assistance.
This move by prominent Democrats raises eyebrows, particularly in light of earlier criticisms from the Democratic camp directed at Republican governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas. These governors had previously transported migrants to northern cities, shining a spotlight on the consequences of Biden’s migration policies—a move that drew condemnation from the New York editorial board as a “cynical tactic.”
City leaders in Democratic strongholds such as New York, Boston, Denver, and San Diego have expressed concerns about the rapid influx of migrants. The social and economic ramifications are clear: such large-scale migration can lead to wage suppression, spikes in inflation, rising rents, and overcrowded schools.
In the meantime, the Biden administration remains committed to facilitating migrant arrivals. Secretary of State Tony Blinken has emphasized their goal of establishing legal pathways for migrants and promoting a “safe, orderly, and humane migration process.” However, this stance faces internal resistance, even among Democrats.
The White House is encountering pushback, notably from Democratic allies like Pritzker and New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D). While Mayor Adams acknowledges Biden’s successes in crime prevention and environmental matters, he firmly believes that the administration has missed the mark on migration. Expressing his concern about 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 consequences of the substantial migrant influx under the Biden administration are undeniable. In cities like New York, the growing number of migrants has led to surging rents while depressing wages. This demographic shift benefits older investors and landlords but comes at the expense of the average citizen.
Moreover, this wave of migration exacerbates the glaring wealth disparity in cities governed by Democrats. Recent census data reveals that income inequality in Manhattan is more pronounced than in many developing nations. The consequences of such a stark divide will undoubtedly have long-term effects.
The current strategies employed by prominent Democrats appear to be more strategic than humanitarian. As they advocate for redirecting surplus migrants to GOP states, it’s imperative to question the true motivations behind these decisions and their lasting impact on the American landscape.