Republicans in the New York State Assembly have asked the White House to elaborate on their stance on transferring refugees.
Many New York Republicans have written to President Biden, demanding answers concerning the migrant transfers that have taken place around the country, including in upstate New York, and condemning the “secrecy” of these movements.
On Thursday, five Republican state senators from New York wrote to the White House to voice their “grave worry” that the flow of migrants into upstate and western New York may “overwhelm the local services and infrastructure.” They wrote, “your government is aggressively placing migrants in Upstate New York localities,” which they had just heard.
The letter was signed by Senator Marc Molinaro and Representatives Claudia Tenney, Elise Stefanik, Michael Lawler, and Nick Langworthy.
On Thursday, Stefanik remarked on Fox News Digital, “Joe Biden’s refusal to enforce the law at the border has turned every state a border state.” “New Yorkers are now being asked to deal with the surge of illegal immigrants while President Biden ignores the issue of border security. Biden’s border issue should not have any effect on upstate New York.”
In their letter, the New York Republicans mentioned their prior request to the White House to end nationwide refugee airlifts beginning in January 2022. However, the proposal was denied, and migrants continued to be sent to cities like New York.
Although this is the case, “your government to this day continues to transport these migrants without offering any transparency to the American people,” the letter said. It would help if you overcame your stubbornness and demanded that your government immediately cease sending illegal immigrants to our state.
The writer of the letter expressed shock and indignation at the extent of the government’s covert relocation efforts.
This letter was sent by New York City Mayor Eric Adams last year when a flood of 41,000 migrants across the southern border prompted him to proclaim a state of emergency.
Last week, Adams told the press that the city was complete and that “we have done our bit,” adding, “now it is time for the national government to do its thing.”
Like many other small towns in New York, some residents of Jamestown have voiced worry to the New York Post about the strain on municipal services brought on by the recent influx of migrants.
In a letter to the Biden administration, New York Republicans have demanded “transparency” on the issue, asking for details by January 31 on the total number of migrants relocated to New York over the past two years, the specific towns to which they were sent, and the towns to which they will be sent in the future; the method by which local agencies were notified of the move and were reimbursed for their costs; and the number of migrants who have been relocated to New York.
Some Republicans in the House have threatened to withhold funding until these issues are handled.
When asked for comment, the White House was silent.