American Cities Swamped, Spooked by Migrant Surge

Cities across the U.S., some of them far from the border, are feeling for the first time the effects of a largely passive, but nevertheless full-blown, invasion.

The U.S. government, hamstrung by its own laws and policies, stymied by activists, and mired in bureaucratic red tape devised in an earlier era, has been reduced to simply dispersing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants currently being allowed to swarm over the border from Mexico.

The municipalities, some but not all of which were hitherto proud to signal their virtue as immigrant-loving and migrant-welcoming, are now understanding the consequences of their ideas.  As reported here on May 18, community leaders in South Florida positively freaked out at the notion they might have migrants dumped upon them, causing the government to–at least temporarily–look elsewhere for a dumping ground.

Mark Bogen, mayor of Broward County,  said, “I was scared they were going to come here and live in tents. It’s not that we are not welcoming. . . .”

Elsewhere, the board of commissioners of Sierra County, New Mexico, passed a resolution on Tuesday opposing the relocation of migrants there, while New Mexico Democrat governor Michelle Lujan Grisham agreed to pay to bus migrants out of state to Colorado.

Citizens of Murrieta, California, into which an unknown number of migrants were being flown, stood before the gates of the Border Patrol facility recently to oppose their entry.  One protester vowed, “We can be called racist. We don’t care.”

Those communities accepting migrants have had to open abandoned and disused properties to house them.  San Diego has re-opened a shuttered courthouse slated for demolition.   The city of Deming, New Mexico,  population 14,000, is housing part of its daily arrival of 250 in an abandoned World War II airplane hangar.  The Deming city manager said, “The most important thing is that we don’t have a thousand migrants” walking through town.

Meanwhile, federal officials are looking at cities throughout the U.S.,  in states such as New York  and Michigan, as the next places in which to dump their excess catch of illegal border crossers.

For more, see the Associated Press.

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