Biden Rejects Proposal to Prevent Federal Lands from Turning Into Migrant Camps

( – President Joe Biden and the White House rejected a plan this week that would stop federal lands from being converted into camp shelters for illegal immigrants recently released into the country after entering the United States over the southern border.

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York introduced House Resolution 5283 back in August, a proposal to prevent the federal government from converting federal lands into temporary shelters for illegal immigrants. The act carries the aptly named title “Protecting Our Communities from Failure to Secure the Border.”

Biden and the White House issued a statement this week “strongly” opposing Malliotakis’s proposal. The statement claims that H.R. 5283 “would prohibit” using money from the federal government “to provide temporary shelter to certain noncitizens,” including asylum seekers, on any federal land “under the jurisdiction” of the Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

The White House statement concluded that the Biden administration “opposes” the law “because it would significantly restrict” the Departments of Agriculture and Interior from making “decisions regarding the appropriate uses” of the “lands and resources” under their jurisdiction, even during emergencies or “other situations.”

The legislation made it through the House in October after the Natural Resources Committee approved it.

Malliotakis was inspired to introduce the act after New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (both Democrats) were given permission by the federal government to relocate hundreds or even thousands of immigrants onto temporary shelters erected on Floyd Bennet Field.

The federally owned and historic airfield was used during World War II by the US Navy and Coast Guard. Before that, it was the first New York City municipal airport. Floyd Bennet Field, which is surrounded by residential areas and run by the National Park Service, serves as a popular recreational spot for New Yorkers today and is frequently used for hiking, camping, fishing, and biking.

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