My goodness, she got it!
New York has been swarming with budget-busting border crossers for many months, and Governor Hochul has almost completely refused to allow them.
Suddenly, it seems, the light goes on: the border, she explained on Sunday, “is too open at the moment.”
Governor, don’t say that!
“People come from all over the world. . . “They just say they need asylum and most of them seem to end up on the streets of New York and that’s a real problem,” Kathy-come-lately told “Face the Nation.”
And she also has a recipe: “We want [Congress to place] a limit on who can come across the border.”
From her lips to Chuck Schumer’s ears. Also those of Hakeem Jeffries – and especially those of Joe Biden.
And it would be very useful for Mayor Adams to jump on Hochul’s shiny new broken border bandwagon too.
Both he and the governor have been dancing around the core issue for many months — America’s nonexistent southern border and Washington’s refusal to restore it.
And for too long, Hochul seemed content to let Adams deal with the consequences on his own.
What happens to New York City stays in New York City, right? Except perhaps now, with the cross-border tsunami threatening to hit north of Westchester, Hochul has decided to pay attention.
Or maybe she has polls that show upstate and suburban voters themselves are paying close attention.
Now Hochul and Adams are demanding big federal money to pay the bills — and Schumer, Jeffries and Biden have even conspired to give them occasional couch swaps.
But too little, too late — which will always be the case as long as Washington’s patience with illegal border crossers outstrips New York’s ability to raise enough money to cover the costs.
It’s worth repeating: New York City is largely responsible for its own dilemma. Gotham will give a roof to anyone who wanders into the five boroughs due to a longstanding (and pretty stupid) policy.
The city is therefore a magnet for immigrants. And it will remain that way as long as the “right to protection” policy is in effect. And until it’s over, no one will take New York’s claims of poverty seriously.
But a serious move toward free room and board for all arrivals could lead Washington to interpret Hochul’s epiphany about the blown border as a warning sign on the eve of an election year.
That is, if border security cowardice causes cobalt-blue New York to grow weary of its nearly countless migrants, what must the rest of the country feel?
Do this terribly.
An estimated 260,000 economic migrants crossed the border last month alone. Where – no, how? – does it end?
However, that is for the (near) future. For now, we welcome Kathy Hochul aboard with open arms, no matter what caused her awakening.
But now comes the hard work, Madame Governor. Now you need to spread your recipe for enforcing boundaries to people who can do something about it.
Undoubtedly, Chuck Schumer will be happy to take your call. I hope you place it soon.