Politicians in New Jersey are slamming a proposal from the Biden Administration that would transfer some of the nearly 100,000 migrants currently in New York City, to Atlantic City International Airport.
“My message to President Biden and NYC Mayor Adams is ‘hell no!,’ Republican state Senator Vince Polistina, whose district includes the airport, said in a statement.
“Atlantic County residents shouldn’t be forced to pay the price for the Biden Administration’s disastrous handling of our border and the outrageous ‘Sanctuary’ state and city policies of Democrats in Washington, New York, Trenton and across the country,” Polistina continued.
The airport is included on a list with 10 other federally owned locations, that the Department of Homeland Security sent to New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
The airport has been under consideration since at least May.
All the other proposed locations are in New York State.
“I call on Governor Murphy, and US Senators Booker and Menendez to join me in opposing this attempt to dump unvetted migrants at Atlantic City Airport—and spreading a humanitarian crisis they created to our backyard,” Polistina added.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small – Democrat – noted in a statement that his city has many other urgent issues to deal with, and promised to prevent his city from being used as a dumping ground, adding that he is “totally opposed” to the proposed plan.
“President Biden and his administration have continually refused to enforce our nation’s rule of law,” New Jersey Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew said in a statement of his own.
“This is their mess, they deal with it and leave South Jersey out of it.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has not yet commented, but has said last year that New Jersey “we absolutely are prepared” to accept any migrants should they be taken to New Jersey.