New York is Full. Go Somewhere Else, Says Gov. Hochul to Migrants

Illegal migrants outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan in New York. Photo © Arnett Murry |

Let’s dive into the tale of two disasters: one at our southern border and the other in the heart of what was once the greatest city on Earth—New York City.

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Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York warned that the state is “at capacity” and urged newly arrived migrants to consider other cities for settlement.

“We have to let people know that if you’re thinking of coming to New York, we are truly out of space,” she said.

It’s a fascinating admission, considering that Hochul has been pushing for more than a year to grant Venezuelans temporary protected status.

“We have to have more workers,” she says as if an influx of labor can solve New York’s problems. But here’s the kicker: New York is “truly out of space,” with over 60,000 people in shelters.

So, what’s the plan? To start “shutting down shelters,” according to Hochul.

Huh? Are you scratching your head raw, like me? Exactly how does shutting down shelters result in more workers? Perhaps more street vagrants, but workers? Can’t these migrants work while living in a shelter?

Now, let’s turn our attention to President Biden’s open-border policy.

It’s a grand “invitation,” as they say, that has led to a surge of migrants from all corners of the world.

Biden and his team, including the ever-absent Vice President Kamala Harris, promised to address the “root causes” of migration.

But they didn’t tell you that fixing the root causes would mean fixing the entire world. And let’s not forget the human cost: more than 890 migrants died at the border last year, a 58% jump over the previous year.

So, what’s the connection between these two disasters?

It’s simple: both result from failed leadership and misguided policies.

Mayor Eric Adams is struggling in New York with a shelter population that topped 100,000 this summer, 67% more than the pre-Biden record high. And the cost? A staggering $12 billion through 2025.

Meanwhile, Biden’s border policy has led to an influx of migrants who end up on the streets or warehoused in shelters, essentially treated like cattle.

And let’s not forget about the everyday Americans and longtime New York residents.

What are they facing? Sky-high rents, daily occurrences of killings and stabbings, and a city that’s become so dangerous that people fear walking out alone.

The middle class? Gone. Family businesses? Closing up. And the city that was once the greatest on Earth? In ruins.

The reality is New Yorkers are working hard, paying taxes, and worrying about our safety and future. And for what? To step over prone bodies on Park Avenue? To risk getting stabbed, beaten, or robbed? Is this what we elected our officials for?

Columnist Cindy Adams for the New York Post sums up New York City life:

“Rents sky high, guns everywhere, knives everywhere else, killings and stabbings daily ¬occurrences, anti-Semitism, churches empty, buildings empty, Biden doesn’t know where he is, Kamala doesn’t know where the border is.

“There’s less police and don’t let’s even mention mass transit. Theaters are shut, department stores empty, English becoming a second language, traffic impassable, cost of living a struggle, health care issues.”

It’s time for pro-migrant Democrat officials to face the truth: both the border crisis and the decline of New York are symptoms of a larger problem—a failure of leadership and a disregard for the rule of law.

Until we address these issues, the disasters will continue to unfold, affecting not just New York or the border towns but the very fabric of our nation.

So, as America ponders where to direct her anger, she needs to remember this:

The true villains are not just the cartels or the migrants responding to incentives. The true villains are those in power who have turned a blind eye to the chaos, allowing our cities and borders to unravel.


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