Opinion: Time to Post ‘No Vacancy’ Signs at Our Borders

Politicians on both sides of the aisle realize the U.S. can’t afford to be the world’s police department. But we can’t afford to be the innkeepers of the world. 

But that is precisely what is going on.

Monday, officials in Brunswick, Maine, announced the construction of new apartments specifically to house new immigrants — including those who have crossed into the country illegally. Residents will be permitted to live rent-free for up to two years.

Tuesday evening in New York, almost 2,000 illegal immigrants were transferred from a vast tent shelter located at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field to nearby James Madison High School in preparation for the influx.

Migrants have displaced students, who then had to return to remote learning — something proven to not work during the two-year Covid pandemic shutdown. 

One woman shouted at the line of several school buses waiting to drop off their load of illegal migrant passengers.

“How do you feel? Does it feel good?” screamed the woman at the buses. “How does it feel that you kicked all the kids out of school tomorrow? Does it feel good? I hope you feel good. I hope you will sleep very well tonight!”

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said he wasn’t surprised. “This is what happens when you run out of hotel rooms,” said Musk. “Soon, cities will run out of schools to vacate. Then they will come for your homes.”

Oops! Too late; it’s already started.

As the emergency shelters were approaching capacity last August, Massachusetts Democrat Governor Maura Healey asked residents to consider opening up their homes to migrant families.

Healey said almost 5,600 families were sheltered in the state’s emergency shelter system by late summer, costing around $45 million monthly. Meanwhile, 10 to 30 families were arriving each day.

Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll joined Gov. Healey in asking residents to welcome migrants into their businesses and homes. 

“Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family,” Driscoll said. “Housing and shelter is our most pressing need, and become a sponsor family.”

In the meantime, on the other end of the country, illegal migrants aren’t asking permission; they’re just taking.

Residents of California near San Diego reported late last month that their properties are overrun every night by migrants crossing nearby at the U.S.-Mexico border, camp on their property, destroy fences, and leave piles of trash. 

Brian Silvas, who resides on a 78-acre parcel along the border, said groups of as many as hundreds of migrants crossing his property have become so common that his three dogs don’t even bark at them anymore.

“This country was built on immigration. I’m fine with that,” said Silvas. “But not like this. This is ridiculous.”

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman warned of it almost three decades ago. “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.”

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) revealed in an analysis in June 2023 that the cost of immigration to the taxpayer was as high as $163 billion each year.

The cost will only rise as additional people flood the borders, and Bidenomics raises the price of services and goods even further.

During a joint press conference in April 2018 with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, then-president Donald Trump remarked, “We more and more are not wanting to be the policemen of the world.”

“We’re spending tremendous amounts of money for decades policing the world, and that shouldn’t be the priority,” he added.

President Biden also remarked that his messy withdrawal from Afghanistan was also about ending the role of America as the world’s policeman. “It’s not about Afghanistan,” said Biden. “It’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries.”

Similarly, just as we can’t afford to continue to be police officers of the world, we also can’t afford to be the innkeepers of the world. Taxpayers cannot afford it, students can’t afford it, and neither can property owners.