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Mayors Call For Action as Migrant Surge Reached a Two-Decade High in December 2023

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Mayors Call For Action as Migrant Surge Reached a Two-Decade High in December 2023
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December 2023 showed a drastic increase in migration influx across the United States. In just one month, border authorities recorded more than 225,000 migrants along the US-Mexico border. According to preliminary Homeland Security statistics shared with CNN, this is a two-decade high as it is the highest monthly total recorded since 2000.

Daily, authorities had to deal with about 10,000 migrants at the border who were trying to cross. Towards the end of the month, the numbers started dropping but not by a great margin. 

Parents also left thousands of migrant children unaccompanied to cross the border. According to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, more than 11,700 migrant children are in federal custody.

The Health and Human Services also complained terribly about the number of migrant children in custody. This number increased to 6.5% since December 1st, making it obvious that they have reached full capacity.

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They also recently issued a news release saying that they need additional capacity to “manage the increasing numbers of unaccompanied children.” Clearly, this is a significant problem and is starting to affect all aspects of the country.

Several Mayors of cities nationwide are also complaining bitterly about this crisis. For example, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson told “CNN This Morning” in an interview that the issue is unsustainable. “The international crisis that we are experiencing right now is being subsidized by local economies.

That is not sustainable, and that’s why we need Congress to actually have appropriations to make sure that what refugees from Ukraine receive, we have to ask…why aren’t those same support services being provided for individuals who are coming from the continent of Africa and Central and South America?”

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As a sanctuary city, it has reached its maximum capacity, and yet immigrants are still coming in. The Mayor also added that the crisis is “going to crush local economies” if there is no coordinated solution. This problem also affects the Mayor of Denver, Mike Johnston.

According to city reports, Denver might spend about 10% of its entire city budget tackling their migration crisis in 2024. Another Mayor complaining bitterly is the New York City mayor Eric Adams.

The Mayor believes the city might reach a “breaking point” soon. This could cause forced cutbacks to school programs, the police department, trash pickup, and resources for senior citizens.

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“This national crisis is impacting – and it has the potential to destabilize – the financial obligations that we have in our cities. Every agency and delivery of service in my city is going to be drastically impacted by the actions of picking up the tab of $5 billion this fiscal year, $12 billion in three years,” Adams said.

The city is battling a high influx, which might cost an estimated $12 billion over three years, according to Adams. Therefore, the Mayors are requesting a congress with the Biden administration to deliberate on ways to help alleviate the problem at hand.

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