House GOP demands Biden administration review New York’s $2 billion fund for illegal immigrants

NEW YORK– This week New York created a $2 billion fund that is aimed at giving relief money to illegal immigrants in the state, and now top Republicans on two House committees are pressing President Biden’s COVID-19 rescue plan czar, Eugene Sperling, to review the plan. 

The fund would provide a one time payment of up to $15,600 to illegal immigrants who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. 

Fox News reported that Budget Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., sent a letter to Sperling, whose official title is American Rescue Plan coordinator on Friday, April 9th. 

Comer and Smith wrote:

“Given the questions raised by the actions of the State of New York, we sincerely hope you will use your position to protect the integrity of American taxpayer dollars and put American families first,” 

Comer and Smith also pointed out what they say is a “quite peculiar” price tag on New York’s funding for illegal immigrants. 

They said:

“The $1.9 trillion spending plan enacted last month allocated monetary relief to states using a new biased formula that resulted in New York, and other states run by Democrat officials, receiving disproportionately more aid than in previous coronavirus relief bills,” 

The Republicans added:

“Coincidentally, the amount of additional federal dollars New York appears to be receiving because of the change in the funding distribution formula is exactly the same as this new fund for illegal immigrants – $2.1 billion,”

There would be some requirements involved in receiving the money, which would include providing evidence that they are residents of New York who were ineligible for unemployment benefits and stimulus checks due to their immigration status. Additionally, the immigrants will also need to demonstrate that they lost income during the pandemic.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the program at a news conference on Thursday, April 8th. 

de Blasio said:

“Half a million of our fellow New Yorkers happen to be undocumented. They are part of our city, they are part of the life of our city,” 

He went on to say:

“They have been suffering without a lot of the help other people have gotten. This is part of how we recover together, so I do think it was the right thing to do.”

De Blasio also said he had no concerns over such large financial benefits amid a massive surge of migrants to the U.S. southern border, saying the “root cause” of illegal immigration is poor conditions in Central American countries, Fox News reported

Of course, Republicans find this plan to be ridiculous, and blame the governing body for such a poor decision. 

On Thursday, April 8th, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted: 

“Why are taxes high in New York? So the government can pay illegal immigrants up to $15,600. In New York, it pays to break the law,” 

Comer and Smith have requested a response from Sperling by April 16. 

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Sexual assaults in police-defunded, gun-controlled New York City up 322% between March and April

April 12,2021

NEW YORK CITY, NY – New York City has experienced a concerning uptick in sexual assaults, with the period between March 29th to April 4th having seen a 322% increase in reported sexual assaults from the same timeframe in the prior year. 

In the week prior, March 22nd to March 28th, there was a 125% increase in sexual assaults when compared to the same time last year. When looking at March 15th to March 21st, sexual assaults wind up increasing by 94%.

When examining this data with respect to the increase of sexual assaults in New York City, retired NYPD sergeant and current teacher at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Joseph Giacalone stated the following:

“I don’t think this is a coincidence. People are out going to bars and restaurants again at 50 percent capacity.

“As New Yorkers get vaccinated and start venturing out to the bar and nightclub scene, just beware of your surroundings and who you hang out with. Don’t let your guard down, don’t drink to excess, and never leave a friend behind.”

NYPD data shows that out of the 174 reported rapes within New York City that reportedly occurred between January 1st and April 4th, only 14 of them were allegedly committed by strangers versus 160 of them having been committed by “acquaintances.”

However, an NYPD spokeswoman wanted to point out that reported rapes occurring within the city have collectively declined in 2021 when compared to the year prior, noting that it’s more favorable to observe data in larger quantities to determine potential trends of criminal behavior:

“We remain in unprecedented times amid the continuing strains of COVID-19. It’s always preferable to view crime statistics over a long period, to determine trends particularly during this ongoing pandemic. Year-to-date, rape complaints have declined by 13 percent.

“However, we acknowledge that rape is an underreported crime and we encourage victims and survivors to always please come forward.”

One of the many reported sexual assaults that have plagued New York City as of late occurred during the early morning hours of March 27th within the Flatbush area near Beverly Rd and Rogers Ave.

Police allege that a male suspect had attacked a 24-year-old woman as she was entering her apartment building. Authorities say that the male suspect physically and sexually assaulted the woman on the stairs and fled the area once she began to yell.

Christopher Bromson, executive director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center in Manhattan noted that there has been a sudden increase in hospital admissions for sexual assault survivors:

“In the past month we have seen a steady increase in the number of victims going to hospitals for sexual assault care.”

Bromson says that as the weather gets to a more palatable state in concurrence with more people obtaining their vaccinations, scenarios where one could become the victim of a sexual assault could reasonably increase under those conditions:

“As vaccinations increase and the weather gets nicer, I think we’re all feeling the excitement of getting back out. So many of us are so understandably yearning for the contact that we’ve missed over the past year that we may not be as self-protective as we normally would.

“And while no one should have to be self-protective to avoid being sexually assaulted, it remains a vulnerability that can be exploited by someone looking to cause harm.”

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