Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and some other Democrat officials were loudly heckled and shouted down at a press conference on the city’s illegal immigrant crisis in New York this morning.
The Democrats, spoke outside of the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, which has become a relief center for asylum seekers, were drowned out by shouting protesters chanting, “Send them back!” and, “Close the border!”
“Close the border! Close the border! Respect the constitution AOC! I am your constituant!” (sic) a man was heard among the angry crowd, shouting into a megaphone.
“What we seek to do is to make sure that all the resources are necessary and that we are joining with the city and state” Ocasio-Cortez said before the man wielding the megaphone shouted over her, saying, “Illegal immigration is not right! Respect the constitution, close the border!”
One of the other Democrats at the conference, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), served up a big platter of the current Democrat talking points on illegal immigration; these are the sort of talking points one finds beneath the north end of a southbound horse:
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., said the delegation was there to “see for themselves what the migration dynamic is in our nation,” and that they saw children, families, “people that want to work, people that are fleeing violence, people that are fleeing environmental disasters.
“We see so many stories, heartbreaking stories manifest itself here. What I think, these are folks that will take New York City to a better place,” he said as people kept shouting out in the background.
Let’s be honest about this: Most of these people aren’t fleeing violence, most aren’t fleeing environmental disasters; they are leaving dysfunctional third-world countries, yes, but they come here to get work, to send money home, and many of them will try to bring in their families to take advantage of the US’s generous social welfare system.
And some may have other goals, goals that could have an adverse effect on our national security. After all that has happened, after all of the waves of mostly military-age men – including some from China, a nation not known for its friendly relations with the United States at the moment – flowing over the wide-open southern border, it’s amazing that it took this long for a backlash to build up some steam, but it’s happening. Even some blue-city politicians are starting to realize that the current situation is untenable. Although the Biden administration, like Ocasio-Cortez and Adriano Espaillat, continue to adhere to the same old repartee.
But elsewhere in New York, Mayor Adams is starting to ring some alarm bells:
Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams gave his most ominous prediction yet for the fate of the Big Apple, which is grappling with the influx of more than 110,000 migrants since last year.
“Let me tell you something, New Yorkers. Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this. I don’t see an ending to this. This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City,” Adams said during a Town Hall meeting on the Upper West Side. “We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month.”
Independents and Democrats from southern-tier states are starting to chime in as well.
Kudos to the people who showed up and let their voices – no, forced their voices to be heard. Their homes are quite literally threatened. No city can absorb 10,000 migrants a month. Not New York, not Boston, not San Francisco, not Los Angeles. This is untenable. It cannot continue. Fortunately, Mayor Adams has, despite all efforts to the contrary, managed to stumble across a clue on this issue, and one has to admit, it’s amusing to see all of the Democrat-run sanctuary cities having their own policies backfire on them so horribly.