Stands with Speaker in Support of Efforts to Cut Wasteful Spending, Secure the Southern Border
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) today joined the House Committee on Natural Resources in conducting oversight of the migrant crisis and the Biden Administration’s use of national park land to house migrants, including Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
Earlier this month, Malliotakis hosted members of the committee on a tour of migrant shelters across New York City, including the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field. The tour was a follow up to legislation Malliotakis introduced to prevent migrant housing on military bases or federal park land, including Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton and Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth, something the House Natural Resources Committee intends to advance.
Witnesses at today’s hearing included the U.S. Park Police, New York City Council Member Joann Ariola (R-District 32), and New York State Assemblymember Jaime Williams (D-District 59), who are leading a lawsuit with Malliotakis to prevent migrants from being housed at Floyd Bennett Field or any other park in the Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes all of Staten Island’s parks.
Officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service failed to show. “It’s disappointing that the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service refused to come here and answer questions,” Malliotakis said.
“Right after a group of Congressional Democrats left the Roosevelt Hotel, a migrant stabbed another migrant staying in that facility. There are dozens of arrests that have taken place at that hotel already for assault.
On Staten Island, we saw unlicensed drivers without plates slamming into vehicles, totaling people’s cars in the community. In Brooklyn, there was a DUI bust of a migrant that led to an NYPD Sergeant’s finger being bitten off. One Venezuelan migrant had 14 crimes in two months – that’s pretty much a record for New York…what does the City, State and federal government think is going to happen in our national parks and the communities surrounding them if thousands of migrants are placed there with little to no supervision?”
In response to Malliotakis’ question on public safety, Chairman Kenneth Spencer of the U.S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police said: “Is our agency concerned with the migrant situation that’s proposed for Floyd Bennett Field? Yes they are. We don’t have the staffing or the resources to handle 2,000 migrants put into a tent on our property right now…It’s certainly going to make our law enforcement duties much more difficult.”
Additionally, Malliotakis joined House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and several Republican colleagues in a press conference last night demanding President Biden and Congress take action to fund the government and secure the southern border.
“This morning our city put out an advisory that the people of the City of New York should carry around Narcan with them,” Malliotakis said. “That’s how bad the fentanyl crisis has gotten…recommending the citizens of New York walk around with Narcan. We had a one-year-old baby die last week at a day care center where there was a drug ring in the basement of that facility. Between the bail law of New York that allows drug traffickers and drug dealers back onto our streets and the open border, this is the crisis that we’re seeing – unprecedented.”
Banner Image: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis at press conferenc. Image Credit – Rep. Malliotakis