Sanctuary mayors across the U.S. insist they'll welcome tens of thousands of illegal aliens with open arms, despite soaring homelessness numbers -- especially among military veterans.
New York City homelessness has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression.Oakland, California has seen its homeless population rise 25 percent in recent years. Meanwhile, an estimated 38,000 military veterans are living on the streets of America.
“There are so many different issues that are infecting and afflicting our veterans, and we need to take care of the people who fought for us and make sure they have the resources, instead of letting other people in,” says University of Houston political science professor Jacquie Baly.
Baly says welcoming illegal aliens with open arms puts more stress on an already broken system.
“Every city, every county has resources that are lacking for the current residents and citizens,” she says.“I say to those mayors, city and county officials, take care of the people who are living in your area right now.”
In total, there are more than 550,000 Americans considered homeless nationwide. Meanwhile, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million illegal and legal immigrants every year.
“It’s very important for the president and others moving into 2020 to emphasize we want to take care of Americans, we want to take care of our citizens, many veterans are homeless and need our help,” says Baly.