Former NY governor says cities could ‘revolt’ against federal gov’t over immigration crisis

The blame game over illegal aliens in New York had one former governor warning a “revolt” of city against country wasn’t just imminent, but necessary.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ (D) insistence that the Big Apple be a sanctuary city has played out as an example of someone’s mouth writing a check they can’t actually cash. Now, as Hizzoner has said that the city could be on the hook for $12 billion through the summer of 2025 without federal assistance, former New York Gov. David Paterson spoke out against President Joe Biden’s administration for a strategy sure to “backfire.”

“There does not seem to be any willingness or ability on the part of the federal government,” to handle the problem he said on WABC 770AM radio’s “Cat’s Roundtable” to host John Catsimatidis.

By his account, “The federal government just decided they’re sending the people in, and we should just be happy — I don’t know what it is that they expect and they sent really no money.”

“It could in some ways backfire when other cities have the same problem as New York City,” Paterson went on as he suggested Biden’s failure to address the crisis at the border could lead to “a kind of city versus country revolt — which we probably need at this point.”

Along with New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. have been vocal about the detriment brought by aliens bused into their cities after Texas had led the way in sharing the suffering of unprotected national sovereignty.

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey (D) went as far as to declare a state of emergency over the “federal crisis of inaction” under Biden’s watch that left her demanding the federal government pay for the roughly 20,000 aliens being housed in her state’s shelters.

“I think most people are very sympathetic to the plight of the migrants and would like to help,” Paterson told Catsimatidis. “But as in any situation, even when you’re giving to charity, you give as much as you can, not as much as they think you should.”

With summer mostly through, the governor whose partial term was bookended by disgraced former Govs. Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo noted, “As we get into September, October, November, the same discussion that we’ve had is just going to intensify.”

“This is the kind of plan that should never have been enacted within a year. [The Biden administration] should have taken a year to try to adjust the facilities and the capacity of a city or a town or wherever you’re sending migrants,” he said making note of the fact that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and others weren’t alone in sending aliens elsewhere, and that the federal government had been facilitating those moves all along.

Meanwhile, Abbott’s efforts to secure the border and abate the illegal crossings had been met with legal challenges over an alleged violation of federal law for installing a floating barrier in the Rio Grande. To that, the governor replied, “Mr. President, Texas will see you in court.”


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