(VitalNews.org) – Once again, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is calling out the Democratic Party and the Biden administration for giving more money to New York than to border states facing the brunt of the migrant crisis.
On Wednesday, the Arizona senator criticized party leaders among the Democrats for praising a $104.6 million aid package to help New York shelter and care for migrants while border states suffer the most.
Sinema doubled down on her criticism from earlier in the month when she slammed the Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at an event in Yuma, Arizona after they boasted about securing the federal funds for New York in June. Meanwhile, Arizona only received less than a fourth of that amount.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams pleaded with President Joe Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the whole year for more assistance as the situation in the Big Apple became worse and worse. Over the last 15 months, roughly 100,000 have passed through the city, and over 56,000 are still in its care while others have wound up in other parts of the state.
Border states see numbers substantially higher, which is why Texas Gov. Greg Abbott keeps sending them to New York and other states. In June alone, which saw a dip in migrant encounters after the end of Title 42, there were still over 144,000 encounters. Abbott has been taking matters into his own hands with Operation Lone Star without waiting for the president to help, whose administration instead sued Texas for installing a water barrier in the Rio Grande.
While roughly 10,000 arrive every month in New York City, about 32,000 crossed into the Yuma and Tuscon sectors of Arizona in June alone.
Sinema, once a fellow Democrat, is now feuding with her former party members about who the federal government should prioritize with assistance throughout the migrant crisis. She’s one of the few members to leave the Democratic Party without officially joining the GOP, declaring herself an independent instead.
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