As Christmas approaches and temperatures fall, struggling Americans are being turned away from overcrowded homeless shelters as tens of thousands of illegal immigrants continue to flood over the U.S. border with Mexico and swamp a system that simply can’t keep up with President Joe Biden’s open-border policies.
Reporting on December 15 from El Paso, Texas — considered to be the epicenter of the nation’s border crisis — the Wall Street Journal notes that overnight temperatures in the city have been “at or below freezing” and many have been forced to sleep outside.
“With shelters full, some migrants have spent the night sleeping outside as overnight temperatures have been at or below freezing this week,” writes Alicia A. Caldwell for the WSJ. “Migrants crowded outside bus stations Wednesday wrapped themselves in blankets provided by the Red Cross and other charities. Hundreds of others have taken to spending the night at the airport while waiting for morning flights.”
The situation, according to John Martin, deputy director at Opportunity Center for the Homeless in El Paso, is “chaotic”:
Mr. Martin said the Opportunity Center’s five shelters traditionally focus on the city’s local homeless population but since August have routinely housed migrants released in the city. On Wednesday, the group’s Welcome Center housed about 129 people, nearly all of whom were migrants.
“Our ideal capacity is 85,” Mr. Martin said of the Welcome Center. The nearby men’s shelter housed nearly 200 men Wednesday, about 60% of whom are migrants, in a space meant to comfortably house 100 to 120 people, he said.
Mr. Martin and members of his staff raced to find space Wednesday afternoon at other shelters and local churches after immigration authorities unexpectedly dropped a group of about 20 men at the already overcrowded Welcome Center, a near daily routine.
“Most of the migrants are single men, who are eager to take low-wage jobs, share crowded apartments, and compliantly accept abuse from employers,” Breitbart reports. “They migrate because U.S. jobs — many of which are paid in tax-free cash — pay far more money than they could earn at home and allow them to quickly pay smuggling debts and send money back to their families.”
The Texas Standard stated on Dec. 13, that “there’s a growing humanitarian crisis on the border.”
“Ruben Garcia, the executive director of Annunciation House, a network of temporary shelters in El Paso for migrants and refugees, told the Texas Standard that his group sent a bus of refugees to a faith community in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday and that he had spoken with some of the people who had crossed,” the outlet reported.
“I asked them, what were the numbers like? And, you know, I heard words like ‘indescribable,’ the lines longer than you could even see,” Garcia said. “So we’re just seeing many, many refugees that are crossing the border at this particular time. And of course, it’s creating a tremendous challenge.”
And on Dec. 15, the Associated Press reported that deputy city manager Mario D’Agostino, who is leading the emergency response, is floating the idea of sending the migrants to nearby cities:
D’Agostino outlined a new strategy that might ferry migrants to large, nearby transportation hubs, such as Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. He said federal immigration authorities are preparing to possibly process and directly release migrants at a bridge that connects Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso.
But Denver shelters are already swamped.
“Two days after the city of Denver opened an emergency shelter to accommodate more than 100 migrants who arrived in the city from the country’s southern border, another 20 arrived on Thursday, city officials said,” the Denver Post reported on Dec. 8.
The situation, already out-of-control, is about to get a whole lot worse.
On Wednesday, the Trump-era policy that restricted the number of migrants who could seek asylum in the States during the COVID pandemic, Title 42, is set to expire.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a state of emergency in the city on Saturday in an attempt to secure more federal funding.
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“We know the influx [of migrants] on Wednesday [December 21] will be incredible it will be huge,” he said at the announcement of the declaration. “On Wednesday our numbers will go from 2,500 to 4,000, 5,000, maybe 6,000.”
According to Breitbart, the tsunami of migrants has resulted in the eviction of “single-income American families.”
“Landlords have responded to the Biden inflow by evicting many single-income American families to make room for larger groups of bunk-sharing migrants that can pay higher rents from multiple jobs,” the outlet reports. “This resulting rise in rents provides an easy guide to the growing cost of migration that is being imposed on Americans, just as rising gas prices tend to display the impact of inflation on Americans.”
On November 5, NBC detailed the struggle many Americans are facing.
“Despite a relatively strong job market and historically low unemployment, nearly 7.8 million Americans said they were behind on their rent in October and 3 million felt they were likely to be evicted in the next two months, according to a census survey the same month,” the outlet stated. “That survey found that 2.5 million people had experienced a rent increase of more than $500 over the past year.”
“Everything has gone up, I just can’t keep up,” said Phoenix single mother of two and renter Zenovia Johnson, adding that she didn’t know what she was going to do.
And while so many Americans are either currently or soon-to-be homeless, American taxpayer dollars are going to assist the migrants who Joe Biden has allowed to saunter across the border.
“Many of the migrants’ shelters are funded by the federal government with taxpayer dollars,” Breitbart explains. “The shelters are also backed up by corporate donors, eager for bodies and the diversity that fractures the public to the growing concentration of wealth. Together, federal officials and corporate donors have built a massive network of shelters and transport routes to quickly deliver new economic migrants to the jobs and housing needed by Americans.”
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