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Six Dems Join House GOP to Block Biden from Turning Federal Lands into Migrant Camps

via Rep. Abigail Spanberger
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Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting federal funding for housing illegal immigrants on federally managed land.

The legislation was introduced by Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and received 224 votes for and 203 against.

The bill was prompted by the Biden administration’s policy of using National Park Service lands to house migrant camps, which was condemned by the House Committee on Natural Resources. (Trending: Another Major Company Goes Woke And Goes Broke)

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York said, “Turning our federal parks into encampments for unvetted migrants from all over the world is unfair to surrounding communities, and the taxpayers being forced to foot the bill while having their public spaces taken away.”

“I’ve joined local and federal colleagues to use every legal and legislative tool at our disposal, from lawsuits to this legislation, to stop the Biden, [New York Gov. Kathy] Hochul and [New York City Mayor Eric] Adams administrations from taking more open space from our citizens,” she added.

“I appreciate the House Committee on Natural Resources coming to New York City to see the grave misuse of federal land firsthand and thank them for quickly taking up my legislation, putting us one step closer to ending this madness once and for all.”

Six Democrats also voted for the measure. No Republicans voted against it.

The Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City said, “Republican members visited this proposed site and saw firsthand that it’s an incredible resource for NYC residents and visitors, providing kayaking, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities in the middle of an urban area.”

“Turning the Gateway National Recreation Area into a migrant camp would immediately cut off the access NYC residents have enjoyed for years.”

The White House strongly opposed the bill, but its passage suggests a potential compromise in the larger budget fight.

Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman said, “Not only have these failures directly resulted in 6 million illegal crossings since Joe Biden took office, a devastating fentanyl crisis and an increase in terrorism threats, but now the administration is attempting to permanently alter our national parks by permitting the construction of migrant camps on some of America’s most treasured lands.”

“According to this precedent, President Biden’s failing border policies are coming to a park near you.”

“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 5283, which would prohibit the use of Federal funds to provide temporary shelter to certain noncitizens, including migrants seeking asylum, on Federal lands falling under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service,” the White House said in a “Statement of Administration Policy.”

“The Administration opposes this legislation because it would significantly restrict the ability of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to make decisions regarding the appropriate uses of their lands and resources, even in emergency or other situations.”

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