New York City has witnessed an unprecedented increase in asylum-seeking migrants, with nearly 4,000 arriving in just one week.
This influx is double the rate from the same period last year, signaling growing challenges in managing this migration trend.
While Homeland Security has initiated efforts to establish barriers, critics argue that the measures will do little to address the core issues of border permeability.
Since the Spring 2022, New York City has registered over 126,000 migrant arrivals.
This massive influx is not only putting strain on resources but also presenting safety concerns. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has issued warnings about several migrant centers, pointing out their potential to become significant fire hazards if not adequately managed.
Considering the national policy landscape, a recent congressional report provides insight into the Biden administration’s handling of the situation, suggesting that the White House policy has allowed about 99% of arriving migrants to stay within the country.
The report determined that from the time President Joe Biden assumed office until March 31, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security released “at least” 2,148,738 undocumented immigrants into the United States.
The study further claims that only a few of these individuals have undergone a thorough evaluation of their asylum requests.
The report states, “A mere six percent of illegal aliens released into the United States were even screened for fear of persecution [in their home country] for purposes of asylum.”
It noted that only 5,993 undocumented immigrants marked for deportation were actually presented before an immigration judge and subsequently deported from the nation.
This policy approach is further reflected in the numbers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They now oversee around 5.7 million “paroled” migrants, marking a steep increase of 2.4 million since the start of the Biden presidency.
However, the location and status of these migrants are unclear, particularly with the Border Patrol facing increasing challenges and being stretched thin.
According to the congressional report, “Because of the unprecedented border crisis, some Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have been forced to abandon arrests and removals of aliens, including criminal aliens, to process the illegal aliens who have arrived at the southwest border.”
The situation has become so pressing that even long-standing progressives are voicing their concerns. City Councilwoman Diana Ayala of Harlem emphasized the urgent need for tangible solutions, either at the border or in diverting the flow of people. She suggests that the situation in NYC is a testament to broader national challenges.
Despite the mounting issues, President Biden has not yet made a visit to the border, leaving many wondering if and when direct executive action will be taken.