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Wisconsin city asks Biden for help with 1,000 migrants that put ‘great strain’ on resources

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A small city in Wisconsin, Whitewater, is seeking assistance from the White House due to an influx of around 1,000 migrants since 2022, primarily from Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The city leaders, in a letter to President Biden, highlight issues such as strained resources, housing problems, and an increase in crime, including serious incidents such as sexual assaults and a kidnapping.

They emphasize the need for additional resources, particularly in the police department, and funding for programs to improve the quality of life for immigrants. (Trending: Chilling Arrest Footage of Trump Co-Defendant Provides Glimpse Into Jack Smith Probe)

City leaders of Whitewater, Wisconsin reported a “rapid increase in the population of immigrants arriving from Nicaragua and Venezuela.”

“Each individual has a different reason for coming here; some are fleeing from a corrupt government, others are simply looking for a better opportunity to prosper. Regardless of the individual situations, these people need resources like anyone else, and their arrival has put great strain on our existing resources,” wrote the group, led by Police Chief Dan Meyer.

“As a municipal government, our focus is not on legal status, but rather ensuring we are providing the resources expected of a municipality to all residents of the City. Unfortunately, we are increasingly finding it difficult to do that,” the letter continued.

“Finally, our law enforcement staff have responded to a number of serious crimes linked to immigrants in some manner, including the death of an infant child, multiple sexual assaults and a kidnapping,” added the group.

“If direct funding is not feasible, then I ask you to consider creating a grant opportunity that the City would be eligible to apply for,” read the letters.

The letter reflects the broader impact of the migrant crisis on communities across the country, with other cities also calling for federal help.

The White House’s supplemental budget request includes substantial funding for border-related issues.

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