Rep. Malliotakis: Crystal Meth Found At Staten Island Hotel Is Latest Disgrace In Migrant Crisis



Malliotakis: Crystal Meth at Migrant Shelter is Latest Disgrace



Bipartisan group calling on city, NYPD to release crime rates in and around migrant shelters



(STATEN ISLAND, NY) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) today released the following statement after police recovered a pound of crystal meth in a Staten Island hotel room that’s been converted into an emergency migrant shelter:
“The Mayor and the NYPD need to be transparent and give as much information as possible to the surrounding community, particularly the elected officials who represent this shelter, as to how these drugs made their way into this facility and who brought them there.

“We know from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Customs and Border Protection that large quantities of drugs travel from Mexico to the United States via our wide open southern border. Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of local colleagues in expressing concerns about crime in and around migrant shelters in response to the stabbingdomestic violencedrug use, and assaults against police that we’ve seen.

“In June, we saw two asylum seekers die of apparent overdoses outside of a mega migrant shelter in Brooklyn. It’s ludicrous that taxpayers are footing the bill for these lucrative contracts that are placing shelters in their community and putting their public safety at risk.

“It’s imperative for the Mayor and law enforcement to answer the questions we put forward and take our concerns seriously before residents are seriously hurt.”

Banner Image: Migrants in Tihuana, Mexico. Image Credit – Barbara Zandoval 


Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

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