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Summary

TLDRThe video script discusses the escalating migrant crisis in New York City, with Mayor Eric Adams at a breaking point. It details incidents like migrants living in furniture store basements, paying rent, and a migrant crime wave involving organized theft rings. The mayor proposes amending NYC's sanctuary city status to allow NYPD to liaise with ICE for repeat offenders, aiming to address public safety concerns. However, the city council opposes changing the statute. The script captures the strain on the city, with visible signs of migrants struggling to make ends meet, and questions the humanitarian aspect of the situation.

Takeaways

  • πŸ™οΈ New York City is facing a severe migrant crisis that Mayor Eric Adams warns could 'doom' the city if unaddressed.
  • πŸ›οΈ A furniture store owner in Queens was found housing dozens of migrant men from West Africa in the basements of his stores, creating fire hazards.
  • 🚨 A migrant crime wave has emerged, including organized theft rings carrying out robberies and assaults under the orders of a WhatsApp ringleader.
  • πŸš” As a sanctuary city, the NYPD cannot easily coordinate with ICE to deport criminal migrants, complicating law enforcement efforts.
  • πŸ’° Migrants are receiving $13 daily debit cards from the city, angering some New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet.
  • πŸ”« Crimes committed by migrants range from shoplifting to shootings, with many being repeat offenders, including underage teens.
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Mayor Adams has proposed amending the sanctuary city laws to allow NYPD to liaison with ICE for repeat criminal offenders.
  • πŸ”„ Criminal migrant rings are stealing goods in New York, selling them in Florida, and returning, taking advantage of sanctuary policies.
  • 🏑 Residents have reported disruptive activities and safety concerns around locations housing large numbers of migrants.
  • ❓ Questions are raised about whether New York's approach to the migrant crisis is truly humane for the migrants themselves.

Q & A

  • What is the main issue being discussed in the video transcript?

    -The main issue being discussed is the migrant crisis in New York City and the impact it is having on the city, including the strain on resources, increased criminal activity, and deteriorating quality of life for residents.

  • What specific incidents involving migrants are mentioned in the transcript?

    -Several incidents are mentioned, including migrants living in furniture store basements and paying rent, a migrant crime wave involving moped gangs robbing and stealing, assaults on police officers, a tourist shooting in Times Square, and migrants engaging in shoplifting and selling stolen goods in Florida.

  • What is the current policy in New York City regarding cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?

    -New York City is a sanctuary city, which means that the NYPD cannot directly cooperate with ICE by sharing information or transferring custody of arrested migrants, even if they are repeat offenders.

  • What is Mayor Eric Adams proposing to address the migrant crisis?

    -Mayor Adams is proposing that New York City amend its sanctuary city policy to allow the NYPD to establish a liaison with the local ICE office. This would enable the NYPD to transfer custody of repeat offenders and criminal migrants to ICE for potential deportation.

  • How are New Yorkers reacting to the migrant crisis and the city's handling of it?

    -According to the transcript, many New Yorkers are getting fed up with the situation and the perceived strain on resources and quality of life. They question the humanitarian aspect of the city's approach and believe that criminal migrants should not be allowed to stay in the city.

  • What financial assistance is being provided to migrants in New York City?

    -The transcript mentions that migrants in New York City are being given $13 per day per person on a debit card, which has drawn criticism from some New Yorkers who struggle with food insecurity.

  • What safety concerns are raised regarding the living conditions of some migrants?

    -The transcript mentions that migrants were found living in furniture store basements with space heaters and extension cords, which the fire department deemed a fire hazard. This led to the shutdown of those locations.

  • How are migrants reportedly financing their stay in New York City?

    -The transcript states that some migrants were paying up to $300 per month to rent spaces in furniture store basements to live in.

  • What is the significance of the lack of identification and fingerprints for many migrants?

    -The transcript mentions that because many migrants crossed the southern border without proper documentation or identification, it makes it difficult for law enforcement to accurately identify and track them, complicating the handling of criminal cases involving migrants.

  • What is the overall tone of the transcript regarding the migrant crisis in New York City?

    -The overall tone of the transcript is one of concern and frustration with the impact of the migrant crisis on New York City, highlighting the strain on resources, increased crime, and deteriorating quality of life for residents. It presents the situation as a complex issue with no easy solutions.

Outlines

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😬 New York City's Migrant Crisis and Its Impact

Lisa Evers from Fox 5 New York provides an update on the ongoing migrant crisis in New York City. She discusses various aspects of the crisis, including the discovery of migrants living in furniture store basements, paying rent and facing potentially dangerous living conditions. Evers also highlights the concerns about the growing migrant crime wave, with organized theft rings operating under specific instructions and targeting stores. She mentions instances of assault on police officers, shootings, and the involvement of underage migrants in criminal activities. The sanctuary city status is cited as a contributing factor, as the NYPD cannot easily coordinate with ICE to deport repeat offenders due to legal limitations.

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πŸ€” Mayor Eric Adams' Proposed Solution and New Yorkers' Reactions

Evers explains that Mayor Eric Adams has proposed amending New York City's sanctuary city status to allow NYPD to liaise with local ICE offices and deport repeat offenders among the migrant population. This move aims to address the increasing crime wave and alleviate the burden on New York taxpayers, who currently bear the costs of housing, feeding, and providing benefits to these individuals. While some New Yorkers support the idea, citing concerns about crime and quality of life, others are opposed on political grounds. The city council has rejected the proposal to change the sanctuary city statute. Evers also highlights the visible strain on the city, with migrants selling goods on the streets and carrying babies as they struggle to make ends meet, raising questions about the humanitarian aspect of the current situation.

Mindmap

Keywords

πŸ’‘Migrant crisis

The term 'migrant crisis' refers to the significant influx of migrants, primarily from Central and South America, entering the United States, particularly through the southwestern border. This crisis has overwhelmed cities like New York, creating challenges in accommodating and supporting these migrants. The script mentions Mayor Adams saying the crisis could 'doom the city' at some point, highlighting the strain it has placed on resources and infrastructure.

πŸ’‘Sanctuary city

A 'sanctuary city' is a municipality that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts, in order to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. New York City is described as a sanctuary city in the script, which has prevented the New York Police Department (NYPD) from liaising with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport migrants who have committed crimes. This policy has become a contentious issue in light of the migrant crisis and the reported rise in crimes committed by migrants.

πŸ’‘Crime wave

The script references a 'migrant crime wave' that New York City has experienced as a result of the influx of migrants. It describes organized criminal rings involving migrants, such as moped theft gangs receiving orders via WhatsApp, as well as assaults, robberies, and other crimes committed by migrants, including underage individuals. This 'crime wave' has exacerbated tensions and led to calls for stricter enforcement measures against criminal migrants.

πŸ’‘Repeat offenders

The term 'repeat offenders' refers to migrants who have committed multiple crimes or offenses. The script highlights concerns about repeat offenders among the migrant population, as the NYPD is unable to effectively deport them due to New York City's sanctuary policies. Mayor Adams has proposed amending these policies to allow coordination with ICE for repeat offender migrants, as a means of addressing this issue and deterring future crimes.

πŸ’‘Debit cards

The script mentions that migrants in New York City were being provided with debit cards worth $13 per day, likely as a form of financial assistance from the city. This practice has drawn criticism from some New Yorkers who question the allocation of resources towards migrants while local residents struggle with food insecurity and economic hardship.

πŸ’‘Furniture store

The script details an incident where dozens of migrant men from West Africa were found living in the basements of furniture stores in Queens and the Bronx, paying rent to the store owner. This situation raised concerns about safety and living conditions, as the basements were deemed fire hazards by the fire department, leading to the shutdown of these locations. It exemplifies the desperate measures some migrants have taken to find shelter amidst the crisis.

πŸ’‘Quality of life

The phrase 'quality of life' is used in the script to refer to the negative impact the migrant crisis has had on the daily lives and experiences of New Yorkers. The influx of migrants has led to visible strain on neighborhoods, disruptions, safety concerns, and a general sense of deterioration in the city's livability, according to the script. Addressing this decline in quality of life has become a priority for city officials and residents alike.

πŸ’‘Humanitarian

The script raises questions about whether the current situation surrounding the migrant crisis in New York City can truly be considered 'humanitarian.' It points to the desperate circumstances faced by some migrants, such as women selling goods on the street with infants tied to their backs, and questions whether this treatment aligns with humanitarian principles. This highlights the need for a more compassionate and sustainable approach to addressing the crisis.

πŸ’‘Stalemate

A 'stalemate' refers to a situation in which opposing parties have reached an impasse or deadlock, with neither side willing to compromise. The script suggests that Mayor Adams' proposal to amend sanctuary city policies and coordinate with ICE is likely to result in a 'stalemate' with the city council, which has shown resistance to such changes based on political grounds. This stalemate could further prolong the challenges posed by the migrant crisis.

πŸ’‘Spillover effect

The 'spillover effect' mentioned in the script refers to the far-reaching consequences and ripple effects of the migrant crisis beyond its immediate impacts. The script cites examples of this effect, such as the emergence of organized criminal rings, the strain on city resources and infrastructure, and the broader impacts on neighborhoods and residents' quality of life. This spillover effect highlights the complex and multifaceted nature of the crisis, necessitating a comprehensive approach to address its various facets.

Highlights

Dozens of migrants from West Africa found living in the basements of furniture stores in Queens and the Bronx, with mattresses on the floor, space heaters, and extension cords, posing a fire hazard.

Over 100 men found living in these furniture store basements, with some reportedly paying up to $300 a month.

A migrant crime wave has been experienced in New York City, with organized moped rings committing robberies and assaults based on orders received over WhatsApp.

Due to New York City being a sanctuary city, the NYPD cannot directly hand over arrested migrants to ICE, even if they are repeat offenders.

Mayor Eric Adams proposed amending the sanctuary city status to enable a liaison with ICE, allowing the NYPD to transfer repeat offenders to ICE for potential deportation.

Migrants were given $13 per day debit cards, which angered some New Yorkers struggling with food insecurity and high living costs.

Crimes committed by migrants include assaults on police officers, a shooting of a tourist in Times Square, and involvement of underage migrants in crime rings.

Metal detectors were installed at a migrant shelter on Randall's Island due to numerous problems occurring there.

Lack of identification and fingerprints for migrants crossing the southern border made it challenging for the police to identify offenders.

Criminal migrant rings were stealing goods from stores, transporting them to Florida for resale, and returning to New York to avoid potential deportation in Florida.

The presence of migrants living in furniture stores and engaging in criminal activities has disrupted the quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods and residents.

Concerns were raised about the humanitarian aspect of the situation, with women selling goods on the streets while carrying babies tied to their backs.

Many New Yorkers believe that migrants who break the law should not be allowed to stay in the city, as they are repeat offenders.

The mayor is facing a stalemate with the city council over amending the sanctuary city status to enable cooperation with ICE for repeat offenders.

The strain of the migrant crisis is visible across the city, with concerns about the cost to taxpayers for housing and providing benefits to migrants arrested for crimes.

Transcripts

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live now from Fox in a

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Francine. I want to give you

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all another live look out

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in New York City 1 because

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it's a beautiful Skyline

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shot 1 of my favorite

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in the US, but also as we

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are discussing the very

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latest of border security

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we also need to talk

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about the migrant crisis.

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joining us live this

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morning to further explain

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is Fox 5, New York's Lisa

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Evers Lisa. We always

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appreciate you joining us

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here on live now. I know

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this time last week we

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were just discussing

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those. uh debit cards that

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were being given to the

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migrants and then uh

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recently finding out this

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week, uh about those

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migrants that were living.

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in those stores allegedly

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paying rent, Uh, what

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are you hearing on your

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end? Well Gina a lot of

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things and it's just it

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seems now as if almost

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every day or every other

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day. there are more stories

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coming out about this

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spillover effect of this

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migrant crisis. which new New

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York city mayor Eric Adams

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said would actually Doom

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the city. at some point.

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That's probably the most

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dismal thing. He's ever

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had to say about this but

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in terms of the furniture

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store, uh, there was a

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Furniture There is a

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furniture store owner in

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Queens he is immigrated

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here from Sagal. about uh,

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10 years ago. he had

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dozens of Migrant men from

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West Africa. in his

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basement sleeping on cats

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sleeping on mattresses and

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the floor of his basement.

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um the basement of the

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furniture store their then

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it turns out that in the

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Bronx he also owned another

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store and he had the similar

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situation these mattresses

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and remember it's cold

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here in New York right

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now. We're in the middle of

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winter. There's space

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heaters, which are very

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dangerous and we're extension

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cords. all types of things

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Which the fire department

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felt was a a fire hazard

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so they shut down both

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of those locations. We're

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talking talking over. a

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hundred men. Um at least

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like at least 45 beds about

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70 men in each location.

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and some of them

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reportedly were paying up

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to $300 a month just to

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have a place to sleep Now.

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what's happened this week

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is you're showing the video

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of the migrant crime wave

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that we've been

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experiencing here in

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New York. and this it's

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just reached up.

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It's reached a point where

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people are saying this has

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gone too far. It's it's

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very organized as you see

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with the the video right

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there with the moped the

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moped ring they had.

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62 incidents. They were being

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given orders by a man over.

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WhatsApp of what to Rob

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and what to steal you see

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them stealing bags. They

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were stealing phones. and

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some of them have were

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already arrested but here's

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the problem once they're

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arrested the NYPD. because

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New York City is a

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sanctuary city has no

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liaison with ice. Yes Ice

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is very active here in

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the New York area as

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you can imagine. they could

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not just pick up the phone

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as you would in many other

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cities in the United

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States and say hey we just

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arrested a guy for assault.

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We just arrested the guy

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for a a robbery. He's been

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charged we want to turn him

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over to you. He's also a

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repeat offender, which

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has been the other uh sore

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point to many New Yorkers.

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law-abiding New Yorkers here.

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Uh, we want to turn them

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over to you. but they

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can't do that in New York.

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because New York City

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because it's a sanctuary

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City. the mayor mayor Adams

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in the past has been very

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proud of the fact that

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this is, New York. we can

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accommodate anybody we can

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take in anybody. early on

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in the migrant crisis. He

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said come here come to

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New York. We'll take care

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of you and New Yorkers quite

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frankly are getting fed up

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with it. We had as you

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mentioned last week

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that $13. a day per person. a

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debit card is being

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given to the migrants many

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New Yorkers who are having

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those stand online at food

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banks every week are saying

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wait a minute. What about

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us That would certainly go

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a long way to helping other?

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What's with our groceries?

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We're working. We're trying

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to make ends meet here,

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but in terms of the crime

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wave we've seen them We've

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seen assaults on police

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officers. we've seen. uh

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shooting of a a tourist in

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Time Square. Um some of

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these are underage migrants.

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They're teens part of these

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rings that they're being.

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uh groomed into and they're

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being uh groomed into by

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various means we've seen

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other types of crimes going

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on the the migrant shelter

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Men Shelter on Randall's

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Island. They just decided

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this week that they would

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put in metal detectors there

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because there have been

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so many problems at that

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particular location. So

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it's just been it's been 1

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thing after another complete

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disregard for the law and

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a lot of times they felt

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like, lot of times they

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felt like okay if they

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were wearing masks if they

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were wearing hoodies if they

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had their faces covered there

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was very little way uh,

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very little way to

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identify them and because

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they came across the

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border basically the

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southern border of the

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United States. southern

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border of the United

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States the southwestern

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border. They CA they came

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across there's no

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fingerprints. There's no type

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of ID. There's no type of

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um, any type of

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identification like that.

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So the police have really

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had to do a lot of extra

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work to just even try to

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figure out who are these

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individuals so they arrest

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them they indict

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them, but they can't if it's

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a numb if it's it's a not

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a bail eligible crime which

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some of these believe it

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or not still are not in New

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York City in New York

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state. they have they

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have nowhere to put them.

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or send them because we

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are a sanctuary City. so

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this week Mary Adams said

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listen. I think it's time. I

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love the concept of a

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sanctuary City. I'm not

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saying end it I'm saying.

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amend it and he proposed

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to the city council. that

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they have a liaison with

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the local. ice office here.

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so that if there are Please

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repeat offenders which many

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of them are even the young

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ones. the underage ones. is

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if have a liaison with ice

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on these repeat offenders

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have a way so that NYPD

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can just pick up the

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phone. and and or send an

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email and say listen we

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have these guys here

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They're at such and such a

05:39

Precinct Can you please

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come pick them up? ice

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comes and picks them up as

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they do. in other cities.

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and then boom that's it.

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They're out of New York. New

05:49

York taxpayers, which are

05:50

are people are just going

05:51

crazy over the amount of

05:52

taxes here. that people

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have to pay how expensive

05:55

everything is. New York

05:57

Taxpayers don't have to

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pay. to house that person.

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in a city or county jail.

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uh feed them housed them

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and continue to give them

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whatever. uh, benefits

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package they have as

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migrants. and they can be

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they can be gone some of

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them might come back, but

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they will definitely be

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gone for a period of time

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but more importantly the

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message will be sent

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wherever they came from.

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the crime is not being

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tolerated. what we have

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now Gina is we have Criminal

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criminal rings they're

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actually going into stores

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with specific orders of

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what they need to steal.

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shoplifting it. then getting

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on buses taking it down

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to, Florida. selling it in

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Florida and then coming

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back here in New York.

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They don't dare stay in

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Florida because they don't

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know if they get caught for

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these types of crimes. these

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armed robberies and these

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assaults and these

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Personnel jeans and phone

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snatching. and chain

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snatching. and Florida.

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They're going to end up in

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jail and they're going to

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end up deported because

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they will have a a liaison

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with ice to

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send them back. So it's

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it's just the it's just

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every day There it seems

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there is just another

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development. of the of

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signs of just how.

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impactful this migrant

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crisis has been in

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New York City. and what

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it's doing to the Daily

07:07

quality of life and it's

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not even you know, yes we've

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seen some of the

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neighborhoods you talk about

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the furniture store.

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Well that impacted the

07:13

residents that how did the

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authorities find out about

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it in Queens. There's

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millions of people in

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Queens. they found out about

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it because of all of the

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activity people living

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next door people living

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in the neighborhood. saying,

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their their men coming and

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going dozens of men coming

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and going day and night

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There's a lot of activity

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in the Bronx a lot of

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these they saw same thing

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with a lot of ebikes

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parked out front. They're

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like, wait a minute. What

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are they doing here at

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1:00 2:00 in the morning.

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coming and going a lot of

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noise a lot of disruption

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not to mention the safety

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issues and Gina as you

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know, we've been having

07:46

to big crisis here just

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with these ebike battery

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fires, so there there's a

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lot of concerns here and

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it's just the mayor seem to

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be at his Breaking Point.

07:55

City Council saying no way

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We're not changing the

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sanctuary City. uh statute on

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political grounds a lot of

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New Yorkers just general

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public. talking about this

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saying, something has to be

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done because it is just

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deteriorating and you know,

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you know, it's not even a

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question of what

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neighborhood or if you're

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living in a certain

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neighborhood This is

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visible. the signs of

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strain are everywhere in

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the city. you stop at a

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stoplight and you'll see a

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woman a woman selling candy

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bars or selling

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fruit or selling. bottles of

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water a lot of them have

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little babies. I mean

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babies that are not even a

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year old. tied to their

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backs as they're trying to

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make ends meet here. So

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what? are we really talking

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about Is this really

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humanitarian? Is this is

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this a humanitarian way for

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us to even treat

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individuals like that? So

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a lot of questions being

08:42

raised about this Janna,

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but the big thing people

08:45

have just after the debit

08:45

cards and just seeing the

08:47

crime and then knowing that

08:48

a lot of the people these

08:49

people committing the

08:50

crime. are repeat

08:52

offenders. the mayor goes

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they don't deserve to be

08:55

in our city and a lot of

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New Yorkers are saying

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that's common sense.

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They're breaking the law.

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They shouldn't be here

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in the first place. But if

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they are here breaking the

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law they definitely should

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not be allowed to stay so

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it looks like it's

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going to be another

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stalemate for the male the

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mayor moving forward on

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this 1 Gina. Lisa Evers

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with Fox 5 New York we

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always appreciate your

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expertise in dialogue.

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Thank you so much for joining

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us this morning on live

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now from Fox to give us

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all as the latest

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developments of the migrant

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crisis issue. Enjoy the

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rest of your day.