Fully 82% of New Yorkers call migrant influx a ‘serious problem’ — sour on Biden’s Dem Party
- Even self-identified liberals see the flows of asylum seekers as a big problem
- Joe Biden’s poll numbers are taking a hit in a solidly-Democratic state
- READ MORE: Trump team unveils anti-migrant tactics of 2nd administration
Four fifths of New Yorkers say the recent influx of migrants is a ‘serious problem’ for the state, with many calling newcomers a ‘burden’ and souring on President Joe Biden‘s Democratic Party.
Fully 82 percent of Empire State voters said the stream of some 100,000 asylum seekers was a concern, and more than half of them — 54 percent — said it was ‘very serious,’ a Siena College poll shows.
When asked about the settling of migrants in New York these past two decades, nearly half of respondents — 46 percent — called them a ‘burden’ on resources. Less than a third called them a ‘benefit.’
Voters also expressed disapproval at how the state’s Democratic leaders — Gov Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams — were handling the crisis, the latest sign that immigration is a weakness for the party in upcoming elections.
New York City alone is spending $12 billion on asylum seekers over a three-year period
A woman protests against the opening of an emergency ‘tent city’ for migrants in the New York City borough of Queens
‘New Yorkers — including huge majorities of Democrats, Republicans, independents, upstaters and downstaters — overwhelmingly say that the recent influx of migrants to New York is a serious problem,’ pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement.
Mayor Adams this month said some 100,000 asylum seekers had arrived in the city recently, forcing officials to spend more than $12 billion over a three-year period on sheltering them and other costs.
Mayor Adams calls the surge ‘unfair’
He said it was ‘unfair’ that the city was bearing the brunt of a ‘national crisis,’ and as well as opening up new shelters in Queens and Randall’s Island has pushed to relocate more of the newcomers upstate.
This has stoked tensions between the mayor, Gov Hochul and upstate areas, such as Erie County, which stopped accepting asylum seekers this month.
Erie County halted its resettlement scheme after two migrants being housed in Cheektowaga hotels were arrested over sex offenses.
This week, Buffalo State University pulled out of a deal to house up to 45 asylum seekers.
The survey of more than 800 New Yorkers shows how even voters in liberal-leaning states seek tighter immigration controls when the problem appears out of control.
Respondents of every demographic overwhelmingly called the influx a serious issue.
Even among self-identified liberals, 29 percent called it ‘very serious’ . .
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