House Pushes to Stop Funding for Federal Housing of Illegal Migrants

(VitalNews.org) – A bill designed to stop illegal immigrants from being housed on federal land and with federal funding has passed through the House of Representatives after being introduced by Republican Nicole Malliotakis. Malliotakis, called on her fellow New Yorker, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to vote in favor of the bill and “end this crisis [which is] bankrupting his own city”.

The bill, H.R.5283, focuses in particular on migrant encampments being set up in public parks, such as the encampment at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, which can house 2000 migrants. New York, a so-called “Sanctuary City”, has struggled to accommodate the recent influx of migrants, including those who have been sent by the coachload by Republican leaders from the southern border, keen to share the burden presented by the 10 million illegal immigrants who have entered the US under the Biden administration alone.

New York City’s authorities have been forced to divert spending away from the city’s usual needs, with the cost of illegal aliens in the city expected to total $12 billion. Mayor Eric Adams was one of several US mayors to write to Pres. Biden and ask for further funding to help accommodate the migrants, many of whom are now living in public parks as authorities run out of space. Rep. Malliotakis, in a statement about bill H.R.5283, says that it is wrong that local taxpayers should be forced to pay the bill for so many illegal immigrants while at the same time losing the right to enjoy their open spaces.

The bill, which would prevent federal funding from being used to house migrants on land controlled by any of the Federal Land Management agencies, such as the National Park Service, has been publicly opposed by the White House. In a statement made before the House vote, the White House claimed to be against the bill as it would prevent both the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture from having power over the control of their lands and resources, even in emergencies.

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