Thursday, January 19, 2023
Eric Adams, NYC mayor, has a 6-point plan for tackling what he terms the "immigration explosion" on the U.S./Mexico border:
- a government official solely focused on overseeing the migrant response and coordinating all relevant agencies and government entities, including the U.S. Border Patrol;
- a decompression strategy at the border that evaluates asylum claims, establishes a plan for each migrant’s arrival — before entry into the United States — and a system to fairly distribute newcomers regionally;
- additional congressionally allocated funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to implement that strategy at the border and in the localities where the migrants end up;
- expedited right-to-work status for asylum seekers who are allowed to enter the country;
- a clear, congressionally passed pathway to residency or citizenship for those who enter this country legally;
- leadership that takes an all-hands-on-deck approach by bringing together nonprofits, the faith-based community and the private sector, alongside state and local government, to meet this challenge.
For his full explanation, check out his WaPo opinion piece.
I could talk about each one of these, but it's #5 that's got me wondering who is helping him draft/write/craft the wording of his plan. Surely he doesn't actually mean that every individual who "enter[s] this country legally" should have a path to citizenship. Tourists enter legally. I imagine not them. Asylum seekers can enter the country legally (getting paroled in after seeking asylum at a POE for example), but they may or may not actually qualify for asylum. But, hey, I'm not a politician. Caveats on caveats are probably boring to most and certainly are not conducive to soundbites.