State’s generosity is misguided

The COVID relief funds for illegal aliens in New York state are almost depleted and unsurprisingly, open border advocates are wanting more additional taxpayer monies.

In the spring, New York’s state legislature passed the excluded workers fund, which provided illegal alien applicants with cash payments of merely $16,000. This fund is the largest and most generous of its kind in the United States. The fund’s proponents in the legislature show it as both retroactive unemployment assistance and as a stimulus needed in the wake of the COVID pandemic, providing unemployment benefits to illegal aliens since they are prohibited from working in the United States.

This group of those elected officials that we voted into office, those Republicans and many Democrats opposed providing funds to illegal aliens were still outvoted by this radical group and rammed through as part of the state’s budget process. The Republican minority in both chambers continue to voice opposition to giving money to illegal aliens.

However, the Democrats who originally opposed the fund have been less outspoken.

The calls for more money had been approved by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo before he left office. It remains to be seen if new Gov. Kathy Hochul will support further taxpayers’ handouts for illegal aliens in New York.

United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has accomplished the radical left’s goal of abolishing ICE. In his Oct. 12 policy memo, Mayorkas declared that ICE will no longer arrest illegal aliens in the workplace. After reading all of these directives and policies by this administration, I am very confused as to what elected officials and from what political party this lunacy is directed from.

Who would in their right mind would go against the American people in this way and show more sympathy toward illegal aliens instead of those Americans who placed these people into office in the first place while showing no remorse for the taxpayers?

Richard Makuch is a Dunkirk resident. Send comments to editorial@observertoday.com


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