The protests against migrant shelters in various New York City neighborhoods are popping up almost as quickly as the shelters themselves. In recent days, demonstrators have been arrested outside the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, the Island Shores Senior Residences in Staten Island, and Gracie Mansion in Manhattan. City Councilman Joe Borelli (R- 51st) represents the south shore of Staten Island, not far from the Midland Beach site. Appearing on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program, Borelli said there is a simple way for the city to solve the problem: stop accepting migrants.
“The solution is turning the buses around,” Borelli told Riedel and former Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who was sitting in for Berman. “This doesn’t end until the buses get stopped at the Port Authority and they get sent to Washington, or get sent to New Jersey, get sent anywhere in between. I mean, it’s just not going to stop, because all the mayor and the governor seem to be fighting over is who’s paying.”
Borelli pointed at one person in particular for exacerbating the problem. “It only happened when Joe Biden removed title 42, he removed ‘Remain in Mexico’ and he essentially opened up the border… it’s like Kevin Costner, right, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ If we just keep promising to build and open new places every time people come, they’re going to keep coming, and they’re going to keep coming until the border is effectively closed.”
Borelli also called out city and state officials who let the number of migrants get out of hand. ‘This would have been a cute thing if we were only housing, you know, 10,000 people, let’s say. The mayor and governor could have pretended to be woke… that just didn’t happen because the most plainly obvious thing ended up taking its place, which is, if you give people free everything and advertise to the world that they’ll get free everything if they just come here, sure as heck, they just come here.”