Andrew Cuomo, the disgraced former Governor of New York, has warned that Democrats risk losing in 2024 if they do not solve the issue of illegal immigration.
In an op-ed for The Hill, Cuomo warned that the Democratic Party’s refusal to solve the issue of illegal immigration makes them look ineffective and that the decision of some Republican states to send illegal immigrants to deep blue cities such as New York and Chicago was only highlighting their failures:
President Joe Biden’s administration has not been able to solve the migrant problem, primarily because of the divided opinion within our own party. The Republican ploy of putting migrants on buses to blue cities only serves to highlight the Democrats’ failure to anticipate the consequences of Biden’s border policies and continuing failure to fashion a workable solution.
What is our border policy, and how did we expect to handle the 2 million immigrants and asylum-seekers who came over the border, and are continuing to come? Right now there is no Democratic policy or plan and Americans know it, highlighting Democrats’ governmental ineffectiveness and the ideological divides in our party.
Cuomo, who was ousted from office in 2021 following a slew of allegations of sexual harassment and a catastrophic failure to successfully manage his state’s response to the COVID pandemic, argued that the lack of unity over the issue of illegal immigration was a major electoral risk for the Democratic Party, and that the issue “must be resolved”:
This is not New York liberals taking a different position than southern Blue Dog Democrats. It’s New York taking a different position than New Jersey, upstate Democrats taking a different position than downstate Democrats, and the Democratic governor taking a different position than the Democratic mayor.
The lack of logic, practicality, sustainability and fairness in managing the migrant issue is obvious to all. The president, governor and mayor are all blamed by the public for the obvious failure. It must be resolved.
The 66-year-old added that the party must unite around a common position or risk losing the election to Donald Trump:
Yes, we are a big-tent party, but we must move forward. Our claim to be “progressives” must not be rhetoric but reality. If we want the American people to follow our agenda, we must lead.
Donald Trump cannot win the election, but Democrats can lose the election. We cannot wager that citizens will vote against Trump, but rather give them a reason to vote for Democrats. We must make the positive case for a Democratic future — the negative case against Trump makes itself.
Cuomo’s comments come as America and particularly Cuomo’s former stomping ground New York City come close to breaking point over the influx of millions of illegal aliens who have no right to enter the country in the first place.
Most Americans agree that the border crisis is one of the major issues, if not the major issue, facing the country right now. The estimated number of illegal entries varies, with some reports putting the figure at over 10 million since Joe Biden took office in 2021.