Jamestown, New York
Many Americans are shielded from the disastrous impact of Joe Biden’s failed immigration policy because the economic and safety concerns are largely felt by border communities and large cities.
But the illegal immigration crisis may be coming to a small town near you.
Jamestown, New York, a small community in upstate New York, is facing a myriad of challenges with a recent influx of illegals.
“If a city of 8 million people can be overwhelmed by a couple thousand migrants, imagine what a couple hundred can do to overwhelm a small rural community upstate?” warned state Sen. Joe Borrello (R-Jamestown).
“It wouldn’t take many migrants to overwhelm the system,” he added.
At least 35 migrants from Colombia are known to have arrived in the tiny upstate city since late last year, with others believed to be living and the shadows and more certainly on the way, a leading Hispanic advocate told The Post.
Locals learned about the new arrivals after a volunteer with the Chautauqua County Hispanic Community Council overheard one speaking with a Colombian accent inside a Tops supermarket last month, council president Max Martin said.
The city’s population is 28,393, with 10.6% of it Hispanic, according to the US Census. Until the migrants arrived, the Hispanic community was almost exclusively Puerto Rican, Martin said.
“The Colombians are already here and more are coming. What is the government going to do about it?” Martin asked.
“They need housing and transportation or be allowed to work and get a driver’s license.”
The Post continues:
But Republican Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel said he was concerned by the situation unfolding in Jamestown and had sought help from Gov. Kathy Hochul and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), whose assistants didn’t offer any.
“Even if it’s 100 families, our school districts are small,” Wendel said. “Those schools don’t have the resources. If they don’t have a Spanish teacher, what are they going to do?”
Wendel added: “It could be overwhelming for us because how are we supposed to be helping these people?”