President Joe Biden wants to house the tens of thousands of illegal migrants who have been released into the interior of the United States on federal lands, and only six Democrats in the House joined their Republican colleagues to block the migrant camp move.
The “Protecting our Communities from Failure to Secure the Border Act,” introduced by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), aims to block the “unconstitutional misuse of federal lands.”
“Turning our federal parks into encampments for unvetted migrants from all over the world is unfair to surrounding communities and the taxpayers who are being forced to foot the bill while our Mayor bankrupts our city and slashes services from our citizens,” Malliotakis said. “This crisis is unsustainable and unsafe and we’re using every legal and legislative tool at our disposal, including the bipartisan passage of my legislation today, to stop the Biden, [New York Governor Kathy] Hochul and [New York City Mayor Eric] Adams Administrations from taking more public spaces and cutting more services that are meant for our citizens.”
The legislation follows an announcement in August from New York Governor Kathy Hochul that the Biden Administration approved her plan to house 2,500 migrants at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, a historic naval air station.
“These national parks are for Americans to experience our country’s natural wonders, learn our history, and enjoy the great outdoors – not housing unvetted migrants,” House Republicans said in a press release. “American families shouldn’t suffer loss of access to national parks because of the Biden Administration’s failure to take action and secure the border.”
The House passed the legislation in a 224-203 vote on Thursday.
“Joining House Republicans to pass the legislation were Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Don Davis (D-NC), Jared Golden (D-ME), Vicente Gonzalez Jr. (D-TX), Mary Peltola (D-AK), and Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA),” according to Breitbart.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy made use of the federally-owned airfield during WWII and has hosted such celebrity guests as Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart. Before WWII, it served as New York City’s first municipal airport.
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) noted that there are plenty of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities “sitting empty.”
“Since President Biden took office, there have been over 6.4 million illegal crossings of our southern border, including 169 on the terror watch list. Yet instead of implementing more border security and reinstating the policies that worked, this Administration is housing migrants in our schools and now in our national parks,” she said in the press release. “Meanwhile, there are ICE facilities that are sitting empty, such as the Adelanto ICE processing facility in California.”
“This 2000 bed facility, which is already fully funded, has sat empty since April of 2020 due to a court injunction,” she continued. “We must be fully utilizing the ICE facilities we already have that are prepared to care for migrants versus burdening our communities that don’t have the proper resources or facilities.”
According to Breitbart, the Biden administration “had lobbied Democrats to oppose the legislation — claiming it would limit the powers of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture.”
Meanwhile, the “Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) estimates the agency is freeing more than 60,000 illegal aliens into the U.S. interior every month,” the outlet reports. “Over a year, this amounts to Biden releasing more than 720,000 illegal aliens into the U.S. interior.”
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