January 22 – When a frozen sprinkler line in an apartment building in Quincy Village burst last night just before 10 p.m., all 48 apartments were evacuated, which left a whole lot of people scrambling to find a place for a lot of people.
By 2 a.m., 23 of the 48 apartments were deemed okay for the tenants to return and Quincy Village management has said repairs are underway for the remaining homes.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I’m sure that many people involved moved very quickly to get that fixed so that people can move back into their homes. The logistics must have been really challenging and it’s not clear how they did it. They do have their own fleet of transport vans and buses. I would imagine they used everything they had to get that many people moved into a new building where they could be warm while they got this issue fixed.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Think about it. We’re talking about one particular institution and we’re talking about moving 144 people and the logistics of it. I just can’t help but think what popped into my mind is how are they dealing with the thousands and thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border and border states and then being brought to different cities and towns? I mean, this is just an example where we needed to help our own people here and how difficult that was. Pile that on top of it. Can you imagine?”
Barkdoll agreed, “It’s 300,000 people a month, in the month of December. You just can’t even imagine, logistically, how a community would manage that.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM reminded, “Well, they’re not. That’s the problem with this gross failure of the president and pointing at the Republicans. You tie the southern border funding to Ukraine and Taiwan and Israel. You tie all that together and you’re not doing anything other than hiring more people to facilitate more people into the country. I think that’s a really big unknown. It’s not like he’s going to put the wall up. It’s not like he’s going to shut the border down. The funding that this president seems to be short on right now, border Security, has nothing to do with border security. It’s about hiring more people to push more people into the states.”
Barkdoll said, “He’s providing more buckets instead of cutting off the source of where all the water is coming in. We had a US senator over the weekend, notably calling for more border security and saying that the American dream is being threatened by illegal immigration.”
The kicker is that the US senator was none other than John Fetterman from Pennsylvania.
Barkdoll said, “I amplify that point to our Democrat friends when you’ve got somebody like Fetterman now out on the forefront, calling out Biden, calling out the administration, saying we’ve got a problem, the American dream is being threatened, it just amplifies how bad this problem is. If you really look into the details of this proposal, and by the way, the US Senate may be releasing this bipartisan proposal as early as today, it does look like they’re calling for a lot of additional judges, a lot of additional border security agents. But to get to the heart of the problem, you’ve got to somehow figure out a way to just keep those people from coming in in the first place. There’s where these plans seem to be lacking.”
Jansen said, “They said it will be in effect HR 2, the policies that the Democrats rejected earlier. If they don’t get that, supposedly they won’t give the funding. I think this is going to be a real test to that pledge that Speaker Johnson made. But honestly, it’s so ridiculous because the current president has everything he needs to close the border right now. He doesn’t need more policy to do that, but they try to pretend and that’s how they want to shift the blame to Congress for closing down the border as much as possible right now when the president actually already has the power to do that.”
“That’s the key,” Barkdoll confirmed. “The key to Trump’s success on this, it wasn’t so much the wall even, it was the Remain in Mexico Executive Order policy, that Biden then rescinded. Meaning that if these people came to the border and claimed asylum status, the US would still process them, but instead of allowing them into the US and saying here’s a court date, in six or nine months, they require them to then return to Mexico and said, come to your court date from wherever you might be. That was a very effective policy to keep these numbers down and Biden, he rescinded that very quickly after taking office and a lot of these immigration experts cite that as the singular biggest problem that is creating all this influx of people month after month.”