Councilwoman Warns of Massive Immigration Destroying NYC


New York City, a sanctuary city, is in dire straits with an influx of over 170,000 new illegal aliens that already had about 700,000. Meanwhile, Texas and other border states have 10,000 to 15,000 coming in each day.

Manhattan Councilwoman Inna Vernikov explains the destruction to New York City. The video follows the transcript.

“As we sit here today to explore the impacts of President Biden’s border policies, I appear before you, not just as an elected official but also as a Ukrainian-born American Jew whose family immigrated to the United States as Jewish refugees Twenty years ago.

Before I entered public office, I was a proud owner of a matrimonial and immigration law practice in which thousands of immigration clients walked through my doors. Those immigrants came to the United States using different channels. Some entered through legal means, and some did not. Regardless of their status, I zealously represented each and every one of them. “America was built by freedom-loving immigrants from all corners of the world who escaped genocide dictatorships, political and religious persecutions in search of a brighter future and who endlessly worked to achieve their American dream.

“I do not take for granted that I’m only privileged to sit here before you because this great country gave me, and families like mine, opportunities we would have never had anywhere else on earth. But it is because of my love for this country that I have never been more concerned for her future like I am today.

“What once was appointed bipartisan agreement has become a political battlefield of contention. We once believed that the privilege of being an American citizen should be achieved by lawful means. But that is not the case today because of the massive influx of migrants from the southern border.

“New York City is at a breaking point. In fact, our mayor, Eric Adams, said, and I quote, “This issue will destroy New York City.”

“The current migrant crisis has already placed a significant strain on every area of life for New Yorkers, including our schools, the economy, our healthcare system, and public safety. The influx of migrants into New York City has added nearly 34,000 new students to our school system over the past two years. Districts across the city have been scrambling to meet the learning, health, and emotional needs of these students, most of whom require specialized instruction.

“This is happening as our students are still trying to recover from the significant learning losses caused by pandemic school closures. To add to the strain on our system, school facilities have also been utilized for housing as the city scrambles to accommodate the massive numbers of new arrivals.

“Last week, we witnessed a perfect example of how president Biden’s border policies are impacting our communities when a local high school of close to 4000 children became an overnight migrant shelter.

“A Sienna poll found that 70% of New York City residents are concerned about becoming a victim of a serious crime. Those entering our country through the border are not properly vetted, as their criminal records from their home countries are mostly unknown.

“Since Hamas has launched a brutal massacre on innocent civilians in Israel on October 7th.  The world has been paying more attention to terrorist organizations and their activity. This past October, a Department of Homeland Security memo was circulated to staff warning that individuals inspired by terror groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah may be attempting to travel through the southern border to the United States – 169 individuals on the FBI watch list were encountered at the southern border in the year 2023 alone. That is more than the last six fiscal years combined.

“As someone who represents one of the largest constituencies of Jewish New Yorkers, this is particularly frightening, especially amidst the despicable rise in anti-Semitism in our city and country. However, make no mistake, Hamas sympathizers are a threat to every New Yorker and every American local community.

“Surrounding migrant shelters are also justifiably concerned by an uptick in crime. Just last week, several men were charged with stabbing another man to death in Randall’s Island, one of several tent cities constructed to house migrants across the city. The violent incidents prompted the city to impose a curfew and consider adding metal detectors at these shelters.

The migrant crisis has also placed an enormous strain on the city’s hospital system, with New York City hospitals receiving over 30,000 undocumented migrant visits in the past year alone. As of April of last year, 50% of migrants coming into New York City were not vaccinated against the contagious polio virus, a virus that we have more or less eradicated in the United States. “According to New York City health commissioner Hassan, the migrants come in from and pass through countries with high rates of infectious tuberculosis with no end in sight.

“Our city’s projected to spend $10.6 billion of taxpayer money on the migrant crisis through fiscal year 2025, and we face projected 2.5% budget cuts across all city agencies.

“More than 170,000 undocumented aliens have come through the city’s intake system since spring of 2023, with nearly 70,000 of them currently in our care, according to the last data provided by the administration.

“Our mayor called this an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. It’s far more than that. It’s a national crisis. The current situation is unsustainable, unmanageable, and unaffordable. We cannot allow this administration to pursue its path of inaction and destructive policies as they continue prioritizing undocumented foreigners, which circumvent a legal system.”


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