Immigrant Wave Coming Soon To Kansas City As Title 42 Falls

This week we remind locals that next year they'll have plenty of opportunities to make new friends. 

To wit . . .


For the past few years we've had this argument regularly concerning Afghans & refugees from Ukraine. 

Each time our city's leadership has been welcoming. 

However . . . 

This time around conservative media warns us that the numbers are going to be overwhelming. And their predictions seem to be holding up. 

For instance . . .

Consider that Denver has already declared a state of emergency over migrant arrivals. 

One TKC reader asks . . . 

"If KCMO struggles to handle it's homeless population now, what happens when  hundreds of illegal immigrants begin trickling into town?"

That's an important question and one that local politicos are NEVER going to answer. 

To be fair . . . 

A great many of migrant arrivals seem more eager to find work than denizens of homeless camps. 

Also . . .

This might not be all bad news considering that so much of the construction, restaurant & lawn care industry is powered by this labor . . . Moreover, cheap labor might be the only way out of an upcoming recession along and a stubborn post-pandemic staffing shortage.

From our vantage . . .

There's a myth that the situation is "out of control" and the U.S. is being overwhelmed. Meanwhile, more skeptical voices direct their attention away from partisan slap fighting and realize the influx is tacitly approved by both the Democratic Party & Republicans as macroeconomic considerations prove far more powerful than culture war rhetoric from both progressives & right-wingers. 

Hint . . . Even the devastating poverty, health concerns, crime and fear regarding acculturation actually serve to keep the American money machine rolling and power additional jobs, investment and services. 



Sadly, that's not really a hopeful statement for ANYBODY but did inspire me to try and bush up on my Spanish with a few new downloaded apps.

Another alt. perspective . . .

Even the most hardcore right-wing MAGA-type subcontracts with illegal immigrant labor in order to attain competitive prices. That's just the reality of the untenable situation that very few people want to admit or even discuss. 

Read more via links . . .

Migrant Caravan Arriving at US Southern Border

Thousands of migrants are in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez - just south of El Paso, Texas - awaiting the December 21 end of Title 42, a Trump-era policy allowing the swift expulsion of migrants at the U.S. border. Cesar Contreras reports from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Denver seeking short-term shelter assistants as hundreds of migrants continue arriving

DENVER - The City and County of Denver is seeking to hire short-term shelter assistants as hundreds of people from Central and South America continue to arrive in the Mile High City. The city is paying $25 an hour for qualified applicants to work 24-39 hours a week.

Border authorities are encountering up to 1,200 migrants a day in South Texas, source says | CNN

Border authorities in the Rio Grande Valley have encountered between 900 and 1,200 migrants daily during the past two weeks, according to a federal law enforcement source familiar with daily operations in South Texas. These types of numbers are reminiscent of the 2019 surge, when agents encountered at least 1,000 migrants a day, the source said.

A Texas mayor has declared a state of emergency over migrants crossing the border

EL PASO, Texas - The mayor of a Texas border city declared a state of emergency Saturday over concerns about the community's ability to handle an anticipated influx of migrants across the Southern border. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser issued the state of emergency declaration to allow the city on the U.S.

El Paso mayor declares state of emergency over influx of migrants from Mexico border

Dec 17 (Reuters) - The mayor of the Texas border city of El Paso declared a state of emergency on Saturday, citing the hundreds of migrants sleeping on the streets in cold temperatures and the thousands being apprehended every day.

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