Andrew Cuomo: “Southern States Were Right” on Immigration Reform

On Wednesday, former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) harshly criticized President Joe Biden on his podcast “As a Matter of Fact…” over the current crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. “The southern states were right,” he said, referring to the warnings regarding Biden’s decision to dismantle Trump-era policies without having an effective plan in place to mitigate the resulting fallout.

He went on to say, “It was a mistake for President Biden to open the border without having a plan to handle the tremendous flow of people. President Biden had said he would do it in the campaign — but you can’t change a policy unless you have the program in place to manage the change.”

He also said, “The southern states were right that opening the border created a tremendous hardship for them to handle. They were right that the federal government was not prepared. This is a federal problem. Immigration is a federal responsibility. … The border is not just the gateway for people, but for drugs. This is on top of a homeless problem that had already strained resources in urban areas.”

Cuomo also said his successor, Governor Kathy Hochul, should have stepped in to assist when immigrants were bused into New York City, implying that Biden’s team had not managed to successfully mitigate the consequences of enacting their campaign promises.