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Townhall Media/Katie Pavlich

If you’ve walked around a major American city recently, you cannot help but notice the tragic despair surrounding it all.

From the homeless tent cities to the prolific drug use to the human excrement and needles that fill the streets, America’s cities are in the midst of a rapid civilizational collapse. Like almost all major problems facing our country, these issues have been made much worse due to the Biden Administration’s self-induced border crisis. The unprecedented flood of illegal aliens crossing our border has dramatically reduced access to social services for downtrodden Americans. Instead, states and cities across the country have directed scarce resources on people who should not even be in the country in the first place. New York City is ground zero for this civilizational collapse.


Under Mayor Eric Adams’ leadership, nearly 20,000 illegal aliens have arrived in the city over the past six months, 73 percent in the city’s already overcrowded homeless shelters. But, the city’s homeless shelters simply don’t have enough room for all the illegal aliens coming to the city, so New York officials have decided to place many of these aliens in swanky hotels. Hundreds of newly-arrived aliens have been placed in hotels that offer free WiFi, video games, laundry service, and other privileged amenities. 

This is all happening as the homeless crisis in New York and cities across the country continues to deteriorate rapidly. Nearly one in every 106 New Yorkers is homeless, including tens of thousands of women and children. But these desperate Americans are not getting put up in five-star hotels. Instead, they’re getting the cold shoulder from their country and government. This government is supposed to represent them but instead prioritizes foreign nationals who have broken our country’s laws. 

Homelessness is a major problem, not just for those on the streets but for the quality of life of all the residents in the city. Americans living in cities are often forced to walk through homeless encampments to get to work or school. These Americans are frequently harassed by mentally ill homeless people and are exposed to their drugs and often their feces. The border crisis has made this problem much more salient and provided yet another example of how mass migration and illegal immigration reduce the quality of life for all Americans. 


It’s hard to describe America’s border as anything other than a sick joke. The Biden Administration has completely abandoned its constitutional responsibility to secure the border and opened the floodgates instead. Roughly 5.5 million illegal aliens have crossed the border since Joe Biden took office, according to an analysis from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). And why wouldn’t they come across the border? Once here, they receive free food, free legal services, and access to luxury hotels that the vast majority of Americans can’t afford. 

Earlier this month, Biden gave another speech demonizing people who disagree with his policies as threats to democracy and the American way of life. Yet, no president in modern American history has ever done more to make our quality of life worse than Biden. Much of the public’s cynicism towards government today is because many policymakers have dispensed with even the pretense that they’re supposed to represent the interests of the American people first. It’s because of failed leaders like Biden and Adams, prioritizing mass migration over pulling Americans out of poverty and despair.

There is no better representation of why Americans have lost faith in our governing institutions than the sight of illegal aliens filling up five-star hotels while Americans sleep on the streets. Our citizens are entitled to a government that represents them but have been stuck with a government that prioritizes a toxic, anti-borders ideology at the expense of their well-being.


William Davis is a communications associate for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of mass migration.


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