It's one thing to brag and virtue signal about being a sanctuary city. It's another thing to actually be a sanctuary city in practice, as Democrat-run cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are finding out. The mass influx of thousands of illegal immigrants from the southern border to these cities has leaders scrambling for solutions, residents outraged, and Democrat leaders turning on the Biden administration. New York City Mayor Eric Adams tried to blame Texas for the migrant crisis in the Big Apple, but even the New York Times pointed out that the illegals bussed from Texas to New York are only a small fraction of those arriving.
Simply put, it's not fun being a sanctuary city anymore. "The demagoguery has met the reality," says Silvio Canto Jr., writer and commentator. "And the reality is that you now have people in these cities who have to be housed, who have to be fed, and the schools aren't prepared to take in thousands of new kids."
Canto likens this to inviting a bunch of people over for dinner, then realizing you can't accommodate all of them. "It sounds kind of crazy, but (these leaders) didn't realize that becoming a sanctuary city actually meant you were going to get people," he tells KTRH.
"And they're saying things that are hilarious," Canto continues. "For example, the mayor of New York City is saying that migrants are going to destroy their city...if Governor Abbott had said that, I guarantee there'd be at least a few people calling him a racist."
With Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul blaming each other for the crisis, and both blaming the Biden administration, the situation is creating a growing rift among Democrats. "Maybe this is finally going to force Democrats to deal with the issue of illegal immigration, and if that's the consequence of this, maybe that's a good thing," says Canto. "But in the short-term, it's just gonna get ugly and uglier."