Business Leaders Urge Biden to Address Migrant Crisis: Letters to the Editor

13:59 03.09.2023

In a recent meeting with White House officials, New York Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the ongoing migrant crisis in the state, but her approach has faced criticism. Marty Orenstein from New Hyde Park expressed disappointment in Hochul, stating that instead of addressing the open border issue, she asked the federal government to provide work permits for illegal migrants. Orenstein argued that this would only encourage more people to come to New York City in search of employment, exacerbating the existing problem of insufficient housing.

John Dumary from Duanesburg echoed the sentiment, questioning why the governor continues to trust the Biden administration despite its failure to take effective action. Dumary urged Hochul to focus on the actions of White House officials rather than their words, emphasizing the need for solutions to the crisis.

Rob Johann from Woodhaven criticized President Biden for passing the responsibility onto private businesses instead of taking decisive action to address the migrant problem. Johann argued that it is the government's responsibility, not that of private businesses, to handle the consequences of open borders. He accused the Biden administration of turning its back on New York City, causing turmoil in the city.

Albert Marvell from Scotia expressed frustration with the Democrats, including Biden, Hochul, and Mayor Adams, for their role in allowing illegal immigrants into the country. Marvell called it an invasion and emphasized the importance of fighting for freedom. He urged citizens to hold politicians accountable and not tolerate their actions.

Barbara Berg from Belle Harbor suggested building tent refugee centers between the Washington and Lincoln Memorials to bring the migrant crisis to the attention of President Biden. Berg argued that unless the crisis directly affects the president, the administration will continue to ignore it.

Maureen Sharkey from Brooklyn highlighted the various challenges faced by New Yorkers, including smash-and-loot robberies, the presence of mentally compromised individuals in subways, and drug use in public spaces. She criticized Vice President Kamala Harris for her lack of action as the border czar, Governor Hochul for her lack of understanding of how a big city operates, and Mayor Adams for not acknowledging that New York City is no longer a sanctuary city. Sharkey expressed hope that citizens would vote out these progressive politicians and prevent the city from falling further into chaos.

In response to a plea from 122 business owners to President Biden for assistance in obtaining work permits for migrants, Tom Gagan from Mt. Vernon argued that closing the border should be the first step in addressing the crisis. Gagan criticized the business leaders for their continued support of the Biden campaign while also calling for action from prominent New York politicians, such as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Jeffries.

Mel Young from Lawrence accused President Biden of intentionally changing the country's demographics through his border policies, which have caused harm to cities like New York. Young called for an investigation into the reasons behind these policies and argued that Biden's refusal to help New York City cope with the crisis is unacceptable, suggesting that he should be impeached and removed from office.

Dan O'Hagan from Coram criticized New York City's business leaders for expecting President Biden to assist with work permits for migrants. O'Hagan argued that Biden's lack of response is indicative of his lack of care and empathy for others. He described Biden as a narcissist who only acts in his own self-interest.

Walter Goldeski from East Brunswick, NJ suggested that sending busloads of migrants to Washington, DC would be a more effective way to get the attention of the administration than pleas from business leaders. He expressed skepticism about receiving a response from President Biden or Democratic congressional leadership, noting that New York officials aligned with the administration have shown little concern for the financial implications of taking care of the migrants.

Bill Isler from Queens proposed redirecting the buses carrying migrants to Delaware, as he believed that this would be the only way to make the administration take notice. Isler questioned the lack of protest from Democratic politicians in New York and highlighted the potential financial burden on taxpayers or reduction in services due to the funds allocated for the migrants.

Finally, Carol Meltzer from Manhattan expressed a lack of faith in President Biden and Mayor Adams, claiming that they do not prioritize the needs of business owners or the community. She accused them of pursuing their own personal ambitions instead of genuinely helping the people.

Overall, these comments reflect a growing frustration with the Biden administration's handling of the migrant crisis and a call for more effective action from local and national leaders. The concerns raised by business owners, citizens, and residents highlight the need for a comprehensive and sustainable solution to address the housing, employment, and social issues arising from the influx of migrants in New York City.

/ Sunday, September 3, 2023, 1:59 PM /

themes:  Immigrants  New York City  Washington  New York (state)  Delaware

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