No human being is illegal, Democratic politicians said. All migrants are welcome, they declared. Then Joe Biden became president, and border crossings spiked to record highs.
Now, many of those same Democrats are declaring they can't possibly accept any more migrants. In some cases, they're embracing the same Republican-favored responses they recently decried as racist and cruel.
New York governor Kathy Hochul
Hochul was narrowly elected last year as an outspoken supporter of New York's "sanctuary" policies to protect illegal immigrants from deportation or prosecution under federal law
New York has always been a refuge for those seeking a better life — and our state is stronger because they have been welcomed here. During #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we honor the contributions of our immigrant communities which strengthen our state for all.
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) June 5, 2022
But, with hundreds of migrants arriving in New York City each day following the end of Title 42 expulsions, Hochul warned over the weekend that New York has a migrant "crisis" and can't take any more.
New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul tells Al Sharpton that New York City is "bursting at the seams" with illegal immigrants.
"You're gonna start seeing people living in tents — not just on the border, but on the streets of New York." pic.twitter.com/YDLCboOd23
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 15, 2023
New York City mayor Eric Adams
Before and after assuming office in 2022, Adams celebrated migrants' contributions to New York City and pledged to expand protections and benefits for illegal aliens.
"We should protect our immigrants." Period.
Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration. #EricOnNBC
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) October 20, 2021
More recently, though, Adams has said "there is no room in New York" for additional migrants and publicly blasted the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis. According to reports, the mayor is looking to start busing out migrants, a practice he condemned as racist when Republicans did it, and is considering drastic housing measures.
NEW: @NYCMayor's administration is seriously considering a plan to house migrants in a Rikers Island jail that was shuttered last year, the Daily News has learned.
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) May 17, 2023
Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser
In 2018, Bowser reaffirmed Washington, D.C.'s "sanctuary city" status and denounced deportations of local illegal immigrants under then-president Donald Trump: "We must send a message loud and clear to the President and Congress that we are not a country of fear and cruelty."
'Washington, DC is a sanctuary city. We protect the rights and humanity of all our residents, and our #DCValues and our local culture are guided by a celebration of diversity and inclusivity." #thread
See full statement below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/5a2FcRvVrK
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 18, 2018
But, when border-state Republican governors began busing migrants to the U.S. capital last year, Bowser asked the Pentagon to activate the National Guard. After her request was rejected, twice, she declared a public health emergency to "allow people to move on to their final destination."
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser declares a public health emergency in response to the thousands of migrants arriving in the nation’s capital by bus from Arizona and Texas https://t.co/kw7KyN0a1T
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 9, 2022
Denver mayor Michael Hancock
In 2018, Hancock tweeted his "love and a clear message to immigrants that #Denver is an open and welcoming city."
Sending love and a clear message to immigrants that #Denver is an open and welcoming city. Also a call to action to our representatives in Washington, D.C. to stand up for our residents and do what’s right. #ImmigrationReform #DACA pic.twitter.com/netLUexSpW
— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) February 15, 2018
But last week, the mayor defended Denver’s decision to cut services to certain migrants, saying that up to 400 people were arriving each day and that "our reserves are not bottomless."
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tells @JakeTapper his city "won't have a choice" but to cut services if the federal government doesn't step in and help with the immigration crisis pic.twitter.com/NWpbGNyVU9
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 16, 2023
Colorado governor Jared Polis
Polis said in 2019 that Trump's planned immigration raids, including in Denver, "make our communities less safe" and that "Colorado celebrates our immigrant communities." It was one of many times that Polis dinged the Trump administration on immigration.
Ending #DACA tears families apart, prevents aspiring Americans from working legally while they wait for Congress to pass immigration reform
— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) August 31, 2017
In January, Polis said Colorado was helping migrants "complete their long and arduous journey" to "escape brutal oppression." But it turned out that his idea of helping to bus migrants to New York and Chicago, where, he claimed, they really wanted to be.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is busing migrants who recently arrived in Denver from the southern U.S. border to other major cities.https://t.co/gLdQcyULyv
— Axios (@axios) January 4, 2023
Former Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot
On her reelection campaign website, Lightfoot boasted that as mayor she ended "collaboration" with federal immigration authorities and gave illegal immigrants access to city benefits. In 2019, she pledged to protect "every Chicagoan" from Trump's "racist, anti-immigrant terror."
Yes, Chicago must be a sanctuary city.
We’ve got to stand up to the Trump administration’s racist, anti-immigrant terror and make sure every Chicagoan is safe, regardless of citizenship status. And we've got to strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance by eliminating carve-outs. https://t.co/1LNUtW8cNk
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) January 7, 2019
That, however, was before over 9,000 migrants arrived in Chicago since August. During her final weeks in office after losing reelection, Lightfoot said the city was "completely tapped out" and declared a state of emergency.
‘We Are Completely Tapped Out’: Lori Lightfoot Implores Greg Abbott to Stop Sending Migrants to Chicagohttps://t.co/RU9AuCh19E
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 1, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris
Democrats running for president will give free healthcare to illegal immigrants (a show of hands in this picture), paid for by taxpayers. Good luck selling that idea to Americans whose taxes would go up to pay for these radical plans for government-run healthcare! pic.twitter.com/64qj0ryRI3
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) June 29, 2019
Now that she's veep, though, Harris has broken with her progressive allies by acknowledging there is a border.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 8, 2021
President Joe Biden
Biden campaigned against Trump’s "inhumane" immigration regime, saying the Republican didn't appreciate how "we're a nation of immigrants—and our diversity has always been our biggest strength." Just after taking office, he promised to undo the "moral failure" and "national shame" of Trump's policies.
Facebook labels this video as disinformation. It shows Biden in the debate calling on people to surge the border to seek asylum! pic.twitter.com/eYc5oiBcRy
— David Croom - (ツ) (@dailycallout) May 11, 2023
Biden did roll back many of Trump's immigration policies. But as illegal immigration began to surge, Biden left other Trump restrictions in place, and last week, he implemented limitations on asylum seekers that are very similar to those that he condemned Trump for innovating.
It doesn't matter who is president — these asylum bans are cruel and illegal.
We took the Trump administration to court for banning asylum, and we're doing the same with Biden.https://t.co/BoStktvOy5
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 16, 2023
Since Title 42 expired on Thursday, the border crisis has unexpectedly eased, in part because of stricter enforcement and tough talk from the Biden administration. But underlying conditions remained largely unchanged. According to Customs and Border Patrol numbers published Thursday by the Washington Times, the agency released nearly seven out of 10 migrants apprehended in the past week, a slightly higher rate than just before the end of Title 42.
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