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Dems' Open Border Trickery -- Gaming the Census

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New York is Migrant Central -- the No. 1 destination in the country for illegal border crossers -- and it's no accident. New York's Democratic politicians benefit from the deluge. The more migrants come here, the more congressional seats and clout in the electoral college New York is able to maintain.

Elon Musk spelled it out on X on Feb. 3: "Most people in America don't know that the census is based on a simple headcount of people (including illegals) not just citizens. This shifts political power and money to states and Congressional districts with the highest number of illegals."

The busloads coming in from the southern border offset the moving vans exiting the city carrying New Yorkers in search of better places to live. Migrants are actually helping protect Democratic members of Congress from losing their districts as the city's population shrinks.

New York City lost 400,000 residents over the last three years. They're being gradually replaced, explains City Comptroller Brad Lander, by a wave of migrants who are dependent on the city for shelter, food, health care and everything else. "I actually don't consider it a crisis," says Lander. "To me this is the next wave of people becoming New Yorkers."

Lander apparently is unbothered taxpayers are being replaced by people who consume services instead of paying for them. But it's not sustainable. Too much spending is one of the reasons New York City's financial condition worsened over the past year, earning it an "F" grade in a new fiscal watchdog report by Truth in Accounting. NYC ranked worst of 75 municipalities.

Undaunted by this fiscal decline, New York pols offer more benefits to incentivize migrants to come. In this year's state budget, Gov. Kathy Hochul added cash welfare for asylum seekers.

 

Mayor Eric Adams recently announced debit cards loaded with up to $1,000 a month. The administration claims the cards will enable newcomers to buy culturally appropriate foods to replace the prepared meals they're already handed free of charge. Truth is they can use the cards to buy anything they want or to take out cash at an ATM.

Topping it off, far-left politicians in the City Council -- who now have the clout to override the mayor -- are pushing to eliminate Adams' 60-day limit on shelter stays. State Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal is doing the same in Albany, calling time limits "arbitrary and inhumane."

That's insane. No other city even guarantees shelter. How can New York guarantee it indefinitely to everyone from around the globe?

Department of Social Services Commissioner Molly Wasow-Park told a forum on Jan. 31 to plan on "a probably non-trivial number of undocumented immigrants who are going to need long term assistance from the city."

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