Monday 8 August 2022

Border skirmishes

Here’s a thing I don’t get. New York — together with Washington DC and some other states — has declared itself a “sanctuary city”. That is, a place that welcomes refugees. That was a reaction to border states like Texas and Arizona complaining they were being overrun by illegal (“undocumented’) immigrants flooding in to their states at over 200,000 a month

Next, Texas takes New York at its word and busses over a few hundred of the tens of thousands arriving there every day, essentially uncontrolled, because of specific federal government policy.

Mayor of New York Eric Adams, cries foul. “We are being overrun and can’t cope” he says. 

I don’t get that. Isn’t it the rankest hypocrisy to criticise border states for complaining about a couple hundred thousand arrivals overwhelming local abilities to handle them, to call yourself a “sanctuary state” and then yourself complain when you receive a tiny fraction of them?

I don’t get it. And neither does ex New York Times editor Bari Weiss