(trendingpoliticsnews) – In Friday’s press conference in New York City, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) faced a barrage of protests and shouts from disgruntled New Yorkers. The event, which was meant to address the ongoing illegal migrant crisis, quickly turned chaotic as both representatives were shouted down by vocal protesters.
New York City has been grappling with the arrival of over 100,000 migrants in the past year, putting significant strain on the city’s shelter system.
Ocasio-Cortez began her speech emphasizing the American dream and the need for increased federal resources to cities grappling with the migrant influx. “They are prevented from getting jobs, they are prevented from employment, and that is part of the strain on our public system,” AOC claimed. “The faster that folks can access the work that they’re asking for, legally, the better we can solve this problem.”
However, her speech was interrupted by shouts and protests, with one vocal protester emphasizing the strain on New York City’s resources and the potential health risks posed by migrants.
Jerry Nadler’s attempt to address the situation was also met with interruptions. When questioned about the overload of students in New York City schools and the need for more ESL teachers, Nadler acknowledged the need for more federal support.
One particularly vocal protester passionately expressed his concerns, stating, “This is up to us…to stand up. Nobody’s coming here for us. If we don’t get up and fight for our city…they’re coming to destroy it.” The protester further alleged that the influx of migrants was a ploy to “steal our votes” and criticized elected officials for using absentee ballots.
The scene was widely covered on social media, with Michele Tafoya, a former NFL sideline reporter and now conservative podcaster, tweeting, “@AOC is getting a taste of her own medicine. Protesters shouting, ‘Close the border,’ are drowning out her speech in NYC. She had to end it early.”
Mayor Eric Adams has expressed grave concerns over the situation, stating in clear terms that the city is on the brink of being overwhelmed by the influx of migrants. He has described the situation as one that could “destroy New York City.”
The city currently has over 57,300 asylum seekers under its care. To accommodate them, nearly 200 sites, including hotels and office spaces, have been converted into makeshift shelters.
The challenges posed by the migrant crisis have been further highlighted by the city’s struggle to house nearly 60,000 migrants. Makeshift shelters have been set up in various locations, including hotels, tent facilities, and even an airport hangar. Mayor Adams has made a fervent appeal for state and federal aid, presenting new cost projections for the crisis, which he estimates to be around $12 billion.
The city’s right-to-shelter policy has been pointed out as a factor encouraging the continued influx of asylum-seekers, further straining New York’s already limited.
The situation continues to underscore the heightened tensions surrounding the migrant crisis in the U.S., particularly in liberal cities like New York that are at the forefront of the issue lately. New York remains in flux, with city officials, residents, and illegal migrants all seeking some sort of a solution.