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LD1 Lawmakers Slam Biden For Wanting NJ to Clean up NYC’s Mess

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Antwan L. McClellan and Erik K. Simonsen slammed President Biden for his administration’s proposal to dump thousands of illegal immigrants that are currently in New York City into the Atlantic City International Airport.

District 1 lawmakers slammed President Biden for his administration’s proposal to dump thousands of illegal immigrants that are currently in New York City into the Atlantic City International Airport. (SenateNJ)

“New Jersey should not be in the business of cleaning up Biden’s humanitarian crisis. Issues like what we are seeing in New York City were created by foolish sanctuary city policies that blatantly ignore the rule of law,” said Sen. Testa. “Without a doubt, Biden’s refusal to secure the southern border has been disastrous for the country and is destroying our cities. His dereliction of duty is now not only threatening our national security, but also the safety of our residents in South Jersey. I’m calling on Governor Murphy to tell Biden that our residents will not assume responsibility for the Biden administration’s refusal to take border security seriously.”

In a recent Bloomberg article, it was reported that the Biden administration was considering 11 federally owned locations to send roughly 60,000 illegal immigrants to control the migrant overflow in New York’s sanctuary city. One of the recommended sites is in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“This is a national security nightmare and a huge public safety concern for all of South Jersey,” said Asm. McClellan. “Biden has unequivocally failed to address and control the overflow of illegal immigrants from the southern border to sanctuary cities. Residents of South Jersey should not have to pay for this administration’s disregard for border security and the lawlessness of sanctuary city policies. Every lawmaker in Trenton must stand against this proposal and do everything in our power to protect Atlantic City. We cannot allow New York’s problems to spill over into our communities.”

Democrats in New York have pleaded with President Biden to provide more federal resources to help the struggling sanctuary city, but have largely been at odds with one another, according to reports.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul rejected President Biden’s proposal to move the migrants.

“If the Biden administration actually did their job and cared about the thousands of illegal immigrants that are pouring into this country illegally every day then New York City wouldn’t be in this mess,” said Asm. Simonsen. “It is absurd that this president is trying to pass off his administration’s failure to address border security by disregarding the safety of cities that are incredibly smaller than New York City. Sanctuary city leaders talk a big game until the flood of illegal immigrants pours into their cities. Governor Murphy must reject Biden’s proposal and prevent this problem from being left at our doorstep.”

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