A Republican New York City councilwoman is taking credit for the city’s decision to nix one of several plans to house illegal aliens in local hotels.
The specific plan in question had called for housing the illegals at a hotel in College Point, a Queens neighborhood represented by councilwoman Vickie Paladino.
“The fiery Republican told The Post the original plan called for filling 115 rooms at the Hotel de Point with migrant families,” according to the New York Post.
But Paladino claims she managed to convince the city to back down by making the case to NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ team that her community wasn’t a good fit.
“It’s a very downtrodden, poverty-stricken area. Most people are on public assistance. We’re a transportation desert. Our schools can’t handle it. We also have a crime issue now in College Point that is through the roof,” the Republican councilwoman explained.
And so, voila, the plan has been nixed.
The Mayor’s office has informed me that migrant families bussed from Texas are to be housed in College Point as part of a citywide plan which impacts several districts. Council Members were not consulted in these decisions. My full statement is below. pic.twitter.com/LC8RmNl1by
— Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) August 26, 2022
College Point is already struggling and cannot continue to bear these burdens. I have consulted with civic leaders and we are formulating a plan of action. One thing is clear — our borders must be closed, period. More info to come.
— Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) August 26, 2022
Paladino is thrilled, though she’d be even happier if Mayor Adams would just ship the illegal aliens elsewhere instead of housing them in the city’s hotels.
“I would send them to another state. At some point, we just have to say no, we are not doing this anymore. Ship them off to Greenwich, Connecticut,” she said.
NYC has faced a growing influx of illegal aliens thanks to border state governors like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott who’ve been busing the illegals there. Why? To give Democrats like Adams a taste of their own medicine.
Democrats like Adams have indicated time and time again that they support illegal migration. They’ve done so without any consideration for the toll that endless migration imposes on border states and cities.
And so to teach Democrats a lesson, Abbott and a few other governors have been transporting detained illegals to blue state havens like NYC, Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Chicago.
The migrant crisis moves to Chicago https://t.co/t2LWyijqrM
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 1, 2022
According to the latest press release from Abbott’s office, “Texas has … bused over 7,600 migrants to our nation’s capital since April and over 1,900 migrants to New York City since August 5.”
“On Wednesday, the first two buses with over 95 migrants from Texas arrived in Chicago, Illinois. The busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities,” the release continues.
This has provoked fire and fury from Democrat mayors like NYC’s Adams and Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot. But instead of complaining to the Biden administration, whose policies are at the root of the migration crisis, they’ve been taking it out on Abbott.
“Let me say loud and clear to Greg Abbott and his enablers in Texas with these continued political stunts, Gov. Abbott has confirmed what unfortunately many of us had known already, that he is a man without any morals, humanity or shame,”” Lightfoot said during a press conference this week.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot torches Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over bussing migrants to Chicago: He is “a man without any morals, humanity or shame.”
“I also want to say: Shame on the bus companies, who frankly are just as complicit as being a part of this indignity.” pic.twitter.com/6akADE7HNO
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) September 1, 2022
But it’s an argument that makes no sense. Chicago and NYC are both sanctuary cities that purport to welcome illegal aliens. Yet in the face of illegal aliens being transported to their respective cities, Lightfoot and Adams are crying foul. Why?
To their credit, Lightfoot and Adams are at least sticking to their pledge to be welcoming to illegal aliens.
In Adams’ case, he’s vowed to house the migrants in hotels, though he’s suggested he’s only doing so because it’s a requirement as per the state’s “right to shelter” law.
“We are not allowed to say we don’t have room. We’re not allowed to say that. ‘Right to shelter’ means we have to keep expanding and be creative in our expansion,” the mayor admitted during a press conference in late July.
“That means if we have to get hotel rooms, we get hotel rooms. If that means that we have to find other spaces, we’ll find other spaces. There’s no such thing as this state saying, ‘We’re turning you away.’ We’re going to have to keep expanding based on the needs, and we’re going to have to keep finding the funding based on the needs.”
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 23, 2022
Lightfoot has also vowed to shelter all incoming illegals.
“We are Chicago, a welcoming city, a city where we live our values every single day — a city where immigrants and refugees have been a part of the fabric of the city from our earliest days. What we have and will continue to do is welcome them with open arms and refuse to turn our backs on them in a time when they need support the most,” she said Wednesday.
However, she has yet to specify where exactly she intends to put them.
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