Of course it’s a presidential election year, and immigration is one of the biggest topics on the campaign trail. (Like it is every 4 years…yet nothing ever gets done).
With the crisis at the border, and the drug epidemic that it brings along with it, border states are struggling to contain the flood of illegal immigrants entering into their states. But it’s not just border states anymore: With Texas sending migrants to states like New York and Chicago, suddenly some of America’s biggest cities are finding themselves overwhelmed with illegal immigrants.
New York City mayor Eric Adams recently unveiled a pilot program that’s supposed to help deal with the surge of immigrants by providing 500 families with up to $53 million to help buy food and baby supplies.
The plan would be for the families, who are currently housed in NYC hotels, to receive a prepaid debit card and a monthly allowance in place of the existing practice of providing migrants in shelters with non-perishable food boxes.
Adams has said that the plan could save the city up to $600,000 per month, and up to $7.2 million per year, so theoretically, the program could pay for itself in…over 7 years?
Well, Stephen A. Smith isn’t a fan of the idea.
The ESPN host discussed the plan today on his show, The Stephen A. Smith Show, and he didn’t hold back:
“What it came down to me is this: I see homeless folks in the streets of New York all the time that are American citizens. I damn sure see them in California.
We’ve got poor, impoverished, starving people who are born and raised in this nation. How in the hell do we come up with a $53 million pilot program for illegals, but folks who are here legally, are born here, we don’t have enough for them?
Just like we could come up with billions for Ukraine, but somehow, someway, we can’t fix the homeless problem.”
He also had a question that seems to be on the minds of a lot of Americans:
“How the hell do you print money for foreign countries but you don’t print that money to help eradicate folks that are starving right here in the streets of America, who were born and raised here?”
Smith then went off on inflation and the hit that Americans are taking, while our government brags about how high the employment rate is while seemingly ignoring the fact that people are struggling to buy groceries. And the way he sees it, that’s what’s going to be the difference in the 2024 election:
“That’s why Trump is on the verge of getting re-elected. Because when he was in office there was a flourishing economy.”