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Commentary: A Mayor’s Stand – The Real Impact of Direct-Flight Parole on Our City

By Steve Bovo

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

Commentary by Steve Bovo originally published by RealClearPolitics and RealClearWire

The Biden administration’s direct-flight parole-and-release program was created to mitigate the challenges of illegal border crossings by facilitating an alternative entry of ineligible individuals directly into the U.S. However, this initiative has effectively led to an open border policy, unleashing numerous challenges and hardships on communities throughout Florida.

In effect, the administration’s short-sighted policies have led to the creation of border cities throughout the country, leading to rising crime, increased homelessness, and a greater strain on public safety personnel and public services.

A recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies highlights that since October 2022, Florida saw the arrival of nearly 326,000 migrants under this program. This influx, once a challenge isolated in border towns, has now crept into communities hundreds of miles from where the migrants crossed into the U.S. The Biden administration’s inadequate planning and execution has placed a significant strain on our local communities, which are now forced to provide extensive care, support, and integration services to tens of thousands of migrant adults and children. Even cities like Hialeah that have historically been hospitable to immigrants are facing extreme budgetary challenges.

The administration’s failure to act decisively and its continued lack of transparency regarding the scope and impact of this program have left cities to fend for themselves.

The argument that this program is an effective measure to manage immigration falls flat in the face of the real-life consequences experienced by communities struggling to cope with the additional migrants. Local governments are invariably the first responders to the impacts of such federal policies, yet we find ourselves last in line when it comes to being consulted or informed about decisions that have direct implications for our communities.

The challenges we are addressing in Hialeah are indicative of a broader failure to address immigration in a manner that respects the capacities and resources of local governments. Over the course of the past year, the city has seen a rise in recreational vehicles permanently parked in residential areas. It has become commonplace to see up to three or four RVs parked in the driveways and backyards of single-family residences, as migrant families seek housing.

The burden of the Biden administration’s policies can no longer be borne by local communities. The time for discussing comprehensive immigration reform, while necessary, is a luxury we cannot afford in the face of the current crisis. Immediate action is required to secure our borders or consider drastic measures such as shutting down the federal government to force a reevaluation of our immigration policies. There is no issue more pressing than the current border crisis.

The time for half measures and political rhetoric has passed. We demand actionable solutions. The U.S. needs a reimagined approach to immigration policy – one that places a premium on securing our borders as an immediate priority and demonstrates a clear commitment to the well-being and security of American communities. In Hialeah, we are already working to mitigate this unfunded burden brought to us by the Biden administration. And, as mayor, I will ensure our community does not face the same fate as cities like San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York.

Steve Bovo is mayor of Hialeah and is the chairman of the Florida Republican Mayors Association.

This article was originally published by RealClearPolitics and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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