Left-Wing Politicians in Denial as Migrant Crime Surge Threatens To Take Over American Cities

Public safety is visibly spiraling downward: migrants beating cops in Times Square; migrants running prostitution rings; migrants on mopeds robbing pedestrians; and now a migrant has been arrested for killing a Georgia nursing student.

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Migrants wait to be processed after crossing the border near Yuma, Arizona. AP/Gregory Bull, File

The former New York City Police Department commissioner, Ray Kelly, the department’s longest-serving commissioner, cautioned on Sunday that New York City’s quality of life “has really deteriorated.” Migrant crime is a major reason.

Venezuela’s notorious Tren de Aragua gang and El Salvador’s feared MS-13 — what a former FBI assistant director, Chris Swecker, calls “prison-spawned gangs” — are threatening to take over American cities. They bring “mindless knuckle-dragging violence,” warns Mr. Swecker. They’re the “most dangerous gangs on the planet.”

Mr. Swecker speculates that countries are emptying their prisons deliberately. Gang leaders setting up crime rings in America “come out of the muck and the slime of the South American prisons.”

This image from body cam video provided by the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, shows the brawl between New York City Police Department officers and migrants in Times Square, Jan. 27, 2024. Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg announced six additional indictments of men allegedly involved in a brawl with police officers in Times Square, but he said investigators were still working to identify several suspects and their exact role in the frenzy.
Video provided by the Manhattan District Attorney shows the brawl between NYPD officers and migrants at Times Square, January 27, 2024. Manhattan District Attorney via AP

While law enforcement officials here are warning us about the collapse of public safety, left-wing pols deny there’s a problem. The co-director of New York’s Working Families Party, Ana Maria Archila, calls the “chaos and insecurity” people are feeling a “false sense.” She blames it on racism and xenophobia, not reality. Open your eyes, Ms. Archila.

Public safety is visibly spiraling downward: migrants beating cops at Times Square; migrants running prostitution rings; migrants on mopeds robbing pedestrians; migrants shoplifting and stripping retail stores; and now a migrant who recently left New York has been arrested for killing a Georgia nursing student, Laken Riley. Not everyone violating the border is a hardened criminal, but President Biden’s open borders are allowing the worst to get in.

When Mayor Adams was asked on February 20 about stabbing incidents and violence against cops at the Randall’s Island shelter, Mr. Adams said that “even the most peaceful person — being confined to an area with 3,000 people … there comes a time where it just irritates you.”

“Irritates”? Mr. Adams is downplaying a serious threat.

New York’s misguided “sanctuary city” policy makes the danger worse. If a migrant is arrested at New York, the NYPD is barred from communicating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine whether the migrant should be deported, jailed, or allowed back on the street. 

On Monday, Mr. Adams stated clearly that sanctuary status must be changed so migrants who commit felonies can be picked up by ICE and deported. He’s said it before. Now it needs to happen.

Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, entered America from Venezuela illegally in September 2022, was granted “parole” under Mr. Biden’s policy and came to New York on a bus. While here, he was arrested once but not detained. Now he’s charged with murdering Riley, who was out jogging on the University of Georgia’s Athens campus.

Mr. Swecker suggests that “this man did not burst spontaneously into a criminal overnight. This is someone who has committed crimes before.”

After moving to Athens, Georgia, Mr. Ibarra was arrested three times, including for shoplifting. But Athens is also a sanctuary city, and he was always released.

On Saturday at CPAC, President Trump likened “migrant crime” to the deeds of fictional killer Hannibal Lecter, who eats victims. Not such a stretch in Mr. Ibarra’s case, considering he’s charged with “murder with malice” for bludgeoning Riley’s body until it was disfigured.

The vicious gang MS-13 is resurging and may join forces with Tren de Aragua. In 2017, an MS-13 gang hacked and beheaded four Long Island teens, using machetes, knives, and a chisel. Gruesome.

The Left denies migrant crime is a problem. The public knows better. A new Pew Research Center report says 57 percent of Americans believe the huge influx of migrants is leading to more crime.

On Saturday, Mr. Adams stood at Times Square, boasting that it’s safe. Saying it doesn’t make it so. Just two days earlier, a teenager visiting the “Crossroads of the World” for the first time was knifed by a gang of masked attackers, including several migrants. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a collapsed lung.

Migrant gangs pose the biggest danger, but pervasive sex trafficking is also a scourge. Watch at about 6 p.m. each day as women exit shelters and get picked up in cars, leaving their children behind for the night. It’s happening in all five boroughs, according to Homeland Security’s investigations deputy agent in charge, Darren McCormack.

Are neighbors who criticize what’s happening xenophobic and racist? No. They just want a decent life, and they see it disappearing fast.

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