RUSH: Mayor Bloomberg in New York ‘slams the Arizona anti-immigration law. ‘We are committing national suicide,’ he said. A fired-up Mayor Bloomberg warned that the US is committing national security suicide by passing the buck on implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Bloomberg delivered the blunt message yesterday as he criticized Arizona’s harsh new anti-immigrant law. ‘This is not good for the country. I don’t agree with it. We love immigrants here.” Well, take ’em! Do you remember, folks — I’ve got this somewhere buried in the stack — a couple years ago, Bloomberg was paying the homeless with one-way tickets to leave to cities all over the world?
They were putting too much of a strain on the shelter system in New York, so homeless people were being offered one-way tickets out of the city — and those were citizens. We think they were. They were homeless New Yorkers and the mayor who thinks we’re committing suicide gets them out of town, ‘Aaaaah, too big a stress on our system here and our shelters. ‘This country is committing national suicide.’ Arizona’s not doing it. Arizona is not the reason we’re committing national suicide, Mr. Mayor. If we are committing national suicide as it relates to this issue, it’s because the federal government is not enforcing its own laws, and the federal government has no intention of enforcing its own laws.
RUSH: There’s that AP story where he had earlier, they’re just outraged, they were they’re outraged that these illegally aliens are leaving Arizona.
Listen to this. ‘An estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants have left Arizona in the past two years as it cracked down on illegal immigration and its economy was especially hard hit by the Great Recession.’ So, everybody’s outraged by this, and they’re lying about what’s happened. The law in Arizona is actually acting as its own deportation instrument, at least from Arizona. Now, here’s that story from New York, and it’s not three years ago. It’s last year, July 29, 2009. ‘They are flown to Paris for 6,000 bucks, Orlando for $859, Johannesburg for $2500, or most frequently San Juan. They’re not executives on business trips or couples on honeymoons. Rather, they are families who have ended up homeless, and all the plane tickets are courtesy of the City of New York, and they are one-way. The Bloomberg administration, which has struggled with the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness for years, has paid for more than 550 families to leave the city since 2007,’ and yet he says we’re committing ‘national suicide’ with the Arizona law.
He said, ‘We had to kick ’em out of the city of New York because we have to keep ’em out of our expensive shelter system.’ It costs $36,000 a year per family to keep them in the shelter system, so it’s cheaper to send them a one-way plane ticket anywhere else. ‘All it takes is for a relative elsewhere to agree to take the family in.’ That’s all it takes. By the way, you’re not hearing much about this, but there’s going to be a vote pretty soon on Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state. (interruption) Well, did they have the vote this morning? (interruption) They’re voting now on it. Well, there are not too many reporting it. I’ve only seen it on Fox and one other blog. ‘Is this not the height of hypocrisy, though? ‘We’re committing national suicide,’ Bloomberg says. ‘This is horrible,’ and he’s kicking people out of the city and paying for them to go. It’s the same premise: They can’t sustain paying for people who are not producing anything.
RUSH: Here’s the mayor of New York, by the way, ladies and gentlemen, yesterday in New York City.
BLOOMBERG: If other states adopt this it’s very bad for the country. If they’re the only ones, it’s good for New York because people will come here. We make sure that we protect everybody, and we want anybody that, if they need medical care, to get it. This is a very bad law.
RUSH: Right. Okay, so the governor of Arizona can now ship them to not only San Francisco, but to New York. While he’s kicking the homeless out, he’s welcoming illegal immigrants into town and promising them medical care, in New York City. Hubba hubba.