Six House Democrats have crossed the aisle and joined Republicans to pass a bill blocking federal lands from being used for migrant camps.
The legislation, which blocks all public lands, including national parks, from housing illegal immigrants, passed by a vote of 224 to 203.
The bill was proposed by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).
The move came after Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration approved the request by New York Governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams to use Floyd Bennett Field to house thousands of illegal border crossers.
“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 in a statement.
The six Democrats who voted with Republicans on the bill were Reps.:
- Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
- Don Davis (D-NC)
- Jared Golden (D-ME)
- Vicente Gonzalez Jr. (D-TX)
- Mary Peltola (D-AK)
- Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA)
Illegal immigration is now at record-high levels.
More than 8 million migrants are being let into the country, according to some estimates.
Border states, meanwhile, are being overrun.
To alleviate this problem, both the Federal government and some state officials have been busing migrants to other parts of the country like New York City.
President Biden had tried to get Democrats to vote against the bill citing the limiting effect it would have on the power of federal agencies like the Department of Agriculture.
But Republicans saw the need to limit that power precisely to prevent our national parks and other public lands from becoming little more than migrant camps to pack in even more illegal immigrants.
Unfortunately, Republicans don’t have the power in the Senate to pass similar legislation, and neither body has a veto-proof majority.
Officials began moving migrants onto the historic airfield on Monday.
An initial 500 migrants are expected to reach 2,000 before it’s all said and done, making Floyd Bennett Field the largest migrant camp in the U.S.
The airfield was used by residents of New York City for biking, fishing, camping, and hiking.
However, the area would no longer be safe with thousands of unvetted migrants wandering around.
There is also the issue of sanitation and the environmental impact that such an encampment would have.
The best Congress could do now is stop these camps from spreading all over the country in the next year.
If Biden is voted out of office in 2024, perhaps some sanity can be restored to our border policy.