The border crisis in the United States, where more than 7 million encounters with irregular immigrants have been recorded, has moved to the country’s major cities since the arrival of President Joe Biden at the White House, a crisis to which the president still does not respond.
The mayors of Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and NY requested a meeting with Biden to get federal help to manage the influx of migrants that come to their towns with little or no coordination, support, or resources from the government.
In a letter, the mayors sent to Biden, the five Democratic leaders said that while they recognize the “efforts” Biden has made, more needs to be done to alleviate the problem that is sweeping their region. cities.
Burden on taxpayers
Migrants sleep in the reception rooms of Chicago police stations. In New York, a cruise ship served as a refuge. In Denver, the number of migrants increased tenfold and the space available for them disappeared. Without a work permit, these migrants cannot get jobs that allow them to get housing.
Migrants have become a burden on American taxpayers, the most critical case is that faced by New York, where it offers shelter to almost 100,000 people, a situation that the mayor recognizes that if it continues which is fashionable, the city can be destroyed.
Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, who heads the coalition, says almost every conversation he has with migrants starts with the same question: Can you help me get a job?
“The crisis is that we have people who are desperate to get jobs. And we have employers who are desperate to hire them. And we have a federal government that is preventing employers from hiring employees who want to work. ,” Johnston said.
The signatories of the letter are the mayors of four major cities in the country, Eric Adams of New York, Karen Bass of Los Angeles, Brandon Johnson of Chicago, and Sylvester Turner of Houston.
The situation on the border with Mexico has angered the Democratic president, who is seeking re-election in 2024. He has received criticism from members of his party who have to deal with the wave of migrants in their cities. Republicans have accused him of neglecting security and maintaining an open border policy that has allowed millions of immigrants to enter.
It responded by tightening rules aimed at preventing illegal entry into the country and with offers of work permits and other incentives to those who enter legally, with a visa, and on the plane without a positive as a result, thousands enter every day through the southern border.
The reasons for immigration
There are many reasons for the large waves of migrants in these cities, where the economic and climatic difficulties of their countries of origin. Whole families and more and more are coming to seek asylum.
In previous years, the new arrivals were released and taken in by nonprofit organizations before settling in with relatives already in the country. But nationalities have changed, and many have nowhere to go.
Claiming asylum is a long and difficult process through an overstretched immigration court system. In some cases, the migrant must wait up to a decade for their hearing. They are allowed to wait inside the United States. Some can look for work, but the approvals come with great delay. It is also feared that employment will become easier, and many will try to get there on foot. Because of this, thousands are in limbo, unable to work, and sleeping in shelters or government facilities.