(VitalNews.org) – Another prominent Democrat just joined the choir changing their tunes on the immigration issue: former President Bill Clinton publicly agrees that “Right to Shelter” laws in New York City need to be amended to deal with the migrant crisis.
On 77 WABC radio, Clinton told The Cats Roundtable host John Catsimatidis that he agrees with Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who’s calling to amend the existing law. Clinton noted that the New York governor thinks the law “should be modified,” and that he believes “it probably should” be, as well, “under the circumstances.” By “circumstances,” Clinton meant the crisis at the southern border.
Along with Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (a fellow Democrat) says that the legislation only really addresses the local homeless population and not the massive wave of new arrivals from over the border over the last 18 months. Advocates for both the homeless and migrants seeking asylum have argued that the law should be left alone.
Clinton called the “Right to Shelter” legislation “broken” and said that it needs to be fixed. He said it “doesn’t make any sense” to “shelter people” who have to wait six months just to get a work permit. Clinton wants to change the law to allow them to work sooner, arguing that most migrants “have no interest in being on welfare.” He also took a jab at former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who Clinton said he “tried to help” with the situation in the past.
Surprisingly, Clinton even pointed out that Biden and the Democratic Party are suffering politically because of the border crisis, which is turning many Americans against them as they feel the effects of strained resources. He said the system of immigration in America is built to only “handle about 400,000” people, and proposed building more housing in Mexico and over the Rio Grande river.
Self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities and states are not feeling the burn of open border policies. Adams continues to plead with the federal government for more assistance, recently warning that the crisis could destroy the Big Apple. Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, another Democrat, declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with support during the crisis.
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