NYC, Chicago mayors anticipate huge surge of illegals as Title 42 expires
By Ramon Tomey // May 12, 2023

The mayors of New York City (NYC) and Chicago are anticipating a surge of illegal immigrants to flood their already-strained cities after the pandemic-era Title 42 mandate expired Thursday, May 11.


First announced in March 2020 amid the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Title 42 allowed for the speedy deportation of illegal aliens on the basis of preventing the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

Authorities in Chicago have been forced to house illegal aliens in public buildings and even police stations, according to Bloomberg. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had taken measures to respond to a "surge of new arrivals since last month," culminating in her declaration of a state of emergency on May 9.

The "new arrivals" she pertained to include 48 people bused to the city by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, part of his plan to make the Biden administration aware of the need for border security. "We've reached a breaking point in our response to our humanitarian crisis," lamented Lightfoot, who is set to step down to give way to Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson. (Related: Texas to ship "thousands" more illegals to sanctuary cities like NYC as Title 42 ends.)

The outgoing mayor called for more aid from both the federal and state governments. While waiting for those to arrive, the emergency declaration Lightfoot signed frees her administration to move around emergency funds. It also allows her to call in the Illinois National Guard, though she clarified that the measure isn't needed for now.

Several volunteers have called on both Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to provide meals, medical attention, showers and transportation to the illegal immigrants at the police stations.

In response, Lightfoot remarked that her office is trying to move them out "as expeditiously as [they] possibly can." She continued: "That's why we have been saying now for quite some time – we don't have any more space."

Influx of illegals collapsing the Big Apple

Over at the Big Apple, NYC Mayor Eric Adams lamented that the illegal aliens – with most camping out in cheap hotels and bus terminals – are putting more pressure on the city's already-strained budget. He called on Washington, D.C. to better coordinate response efforts and speed up federal financial assistance and work permissions for migrants.

Just like Lightfoot, Adams signed an emergency executive order (EEO) in anticipation of the surge in illegals. His May 10 EEO suspended the city's right-to-shelter rules that immediately find private rooms for asylum seekers. "This is not a decision taken lightly," said a statement from the NYC mayor's office.

"In recent days, we've seen upwards of 500 people arrive each day, and we expect those number to grow significantly as Title 42 lifts," the statement pointed out. "With over 130 emergency sites and eight humanitarian relief centers already opened, we have reached our limit."

Adams himself became a vocal critic of President Joe Biden's open border policies. His recent criticism was directed at both the Republicans at the federal capital and the White House for refusing to address the influx of illegal aliens collapsing NYC.

"It is the irresponsibility of the [GOP] in Washington, [D.C.] for refusing to do real immigration reform, and it's the irresponsibility of the White House for not addressing this problem."

But Adams paid a huge price for his criticism of Biden's policies, as the president' re-election campaign struck off the NYC mayor's name from its roster of advisers. According to a POLITICO report, the mayor's name no longer appears on a list of 50 prominent Democrats released by the Biden campaign team.

One of Adams' aides confirmed the development to POLITICO, telling the outlet that the relationship between Biden and the NYC mayor "has soured." The aide continued: "That's almost certainly what happened."

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Watch this Russia Today report about illegal aliens gathering at the southern border to await the lifting of Title 42.

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El Paso mayor declares state of emergency as city braces for influx of illegal aliens once Title 42 expires.

NYC Mayor declares 'emergency' over migrants, 12 months after campaigning for more migrants.

As end of Title 42 looms, 90,000 illegals rush to America's southern border over 10-day period.

Thousands of migrants set to flood the US once Title 42 expires this week.

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