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‘Common Sense’ Council Caucus wants feds to stop sending migrants to NYC

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A bipartisan group of City Council members is demanding the Biden administration stop sending migrants to New York, saying its crippling Big Apple homeless shelters and other critical resources.

In a letter Thursday to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, five Republicans and two Democrats calling themselves the Council’s new “Common-Sense Caucus” accused federal agencies of unfairly burdening New York taxpayers by fueling efforts to bus and fly more than 2,800 migrants to the Empire State in recent weeks — after many crossed the border into Texas and other southern states seeking asylum.

The pols — which include Republican Minority Leader Joseph Borelli of Staten Island and Queens Democrat Robert Holden – also said they support comments Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat and longtime ally of President Biden, made Tuesday: that the city needs “additional federal resources immediately” to handle the thousands of newcomers.

A homeless person slumps against a wall in Midtown.
Christopher Sadowski

“We know from experience these migrants will remain here indefinitely, utilizing city social services and infrastructure, and sending their children to public schools,” they wrote.

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“We also know from recent reports that many of the migrants sent here have no relatives or friends or any ties to New York City. Your agencies are clearly taking advantage of New York City’s ‘right to shelter’ laws, which require us to find housing for anyone who comes here, regardless of residency or immigration status.”

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Adams has repeatedly accused the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona of sending migrants to New York – a charge both states deny. The federal government has remained mum on its involvement.

"Your agencies are clearly taking advantage of New York City’s ‘right to shelter’ laws," they wrote.
“Your agencies are clearly taking advantage of New York City’s ‘right to shelter’ laws,” they wrote.
James Keivom

Homeland Security declined comment Friday.

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